Robbie Maris

Bachelor of Science


Key Info

  • Bachelor of Science
  • Chemistry
  • Waikato University Summer Research Scholarship
  • Selected as a national finalist for the Sir Paul Callaghan Eureka! Awards

Why did you choose to study science at the University of Waikato?

I enjoy learning about the way the world works and investigating the link science has to everything around us. I'm particularly interested in combining chemistry with economics to provide a unique perspective when investigating issues and solving problems.

What have been the highlights?

In the summer of 2019/20, I was a summer research student with the University of Waikato and Priority One. I developed a business case for seaweed aquaculture in the Bay of Plenty and got to meet a range of interesting, insightful people. That led to my Eureka! Awards presentation on seaweed aquaculture and I have felt very privileged to have been involved with the industry.

What are your plans once you've finished your degree?

I am hoping to move into the workforce at the conclusion of my Honours year and work for a company that prioritises and incorporates science into their business. At some stage, I would like to return to tertiary study, undertaking a masters degree or PhD.

What's your number one tip for making the most of your time at university?

Enjoy yourself and try to come out of your shell. There are a huge range of opportunities available at Waikato and I would highly recommend taking any that pique your interest. Also, take the time to get to know your lecturers - they are all involved in really interesting research that often students don't even know about!

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