Chris Weir had offers to study elsewhere and had visited other top universities overseas, but chose UQ for his postgraduate coursework because of its reputation and its cultural diversity.
“I had offers to do graduate studies at Sydney, Melbourne and Monash Universities, but chose UQ partly because of the way my master’s program is structured and because I could see that it would prepare me well if I wanted to pursue doctoral studies”, said Chris.
“My Master of Molecular Biology program involves both advanced coursework and research. The equipment I use is better than many other places I have visited, and the staff are very professional, approachable and respectful of cultural, religious and gender diversity.
“I can honestly say that UQ’s reputation in science is well-deserved”, said Chris, who has received two Dean’s commendations for academic achievement and has undertaken a summer research scholarship as part of his UQ studies.
Chris is Vice-President of the UQ Molecular Biology Student Club and an active member of his School’s student consultative committee, where he has made constructive suggestions about how to improve conditions for students.
“I am also setting up a mentor program for international students in the graduate molecular biology and biotechnology programs with one of my professors”, said Chris.
Chris is focusing on malaria research and hopes to pursue a PhD in the field.
He said that the UQ Advantage has benefitted him, in that he has learned to better communicate his research to other scientists, clinicians and to the public. “UQ has also taught me excellent time management and organisation skills.”
He added that UQ’s reputation overseas ensures that the qualifications its students obtain are recognised globally.
"My advice to prospective students is that if you are willing to work hard, UQ is a great place to nurture your ambitions", said Chris. It's also a place with lots of fun activties to do outside of study."