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Be a SCISOC Survivor!

Welcome back to SCISOC's fortnightly newsletter! This week, along with an outline on our upcoming events, we've also included a guide on how to most efficiently spend your Flexi-Week in Week 6! For all you career-minded students, we've also began a new article starting with this issue featuring a science alumni every fortnight, so you can get an idea of what to do after you get your degree. Finally, for the Fun Corner, we've taken a look at some scientists that have been screwed over by history that deserve recognition. Let's dive right in!
SCISOC Survivor
 
Do you have what it takes to outwit, outplay and outlast your competitors?

Take part in the ultimate game of survival and become a SCISOC Survivor, an event which will run over three days, on the SCISOC Discord!

'SCISOC Survivor' consists of a virtual scavenger hunt on Monday, a frantic games night on Wednesday, and a quiz night on Friday.

Each competitor will be scored and the sole survivor will win the grand prize - an Uber Eats voucher! Register 
here!
 
6th July, 8th July, 10th July | 8:00-9:30pm



 
 
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Are you having trouble choosing a major? Are you unsure of where your science degree can take you? SCISOC’s new article series "Find Your Future: A spotlight into science graduates and how their majors shaped their career pathway", solves these questions and more.

To show you the different industry roles and professional avenues that your science degree can open up, we are interviewing UNSW Science faculty staff, alumni and science graduates to save you from the LinkedIn stalking, and gain confidence in your degree.

This week, we interviewed Su Jin, who used her Bachelor of Science to major in
           
 ✨📊🔢 financial mathematics and statistics 🔢📊 ! Follow Su through her career journey from university to the workforce, to learn more about where your maths and stats major can take you!

Q. What degree did you study?

Bachelor of Science (Financial Mathematics and Statistics) at USYD. 

Q. How did your major influence the intern/research/grad roles that you applied for/currently working in now?

When I applied for the DSTO (Defense Science and Technology Organisation) internship, my major was a prerequisite/assumed knowledge. For this internship, I was involved in a major project to determine the safety area range of missile launches.

Q. Do you feel there is room for growth or diversity in the type of work you can do in your current field?

Yes! My current field is data analytics and as a senior analyst, I am involved in leading analytical pieces including high-end decision support to senior management, prototyping untapped data services and products. Potential growth opportunities as the next step in this field could include being a people manager, becoming more involved in strategic projects, rather than operations, becoming a machine learning expert, or even a data science team manager. 

Q. What piece of advice would you give to students who are trying (and often struggling) to find an industry or career path that their major/science degree can lead them to?

It is highly recommended to gain work experience by doing volunteer work or having a part-time job. Also, internships would be really beneficial as well as overseas entry level opportunities. For the independent thinkers and workers, I would recommend trying freelancing. 

Q. What are some career pathways for science students? 

Apart from medical related jobs and research, a lot of large corporatations will hire students with a STEM background into roles such as: 

  • Environmental related jobs
  • Dietician and nutritionist
  • Data teams (maths, statistics, computer science and data science)
  • Market research (psychology)
  • Consulting (all STEM)
  • State government/Federal government (particularly defense, treasury, industry planning, Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), Department of Finance)
  • General project officers (all STEM)
  • Education
  • Sonographers (may need masters)
  • Sales representative for pharmaceutical/medical companies
  • Lawyers (Can consider doing a post grad in law)
  • HR for scientific companies
  • Research and development in large corporate companies
  • Robotics/Artificial Intelligence (AI)
  • Start your own company! 
Flexi-Week
In Week 6, there will be a flexible week where you would have no classes and no assessments due. Here are some of our suggestions on how to optimise the week.

📚 Revise 
This is a perfect opportunity to catch up on lectures and finish any incomplete work. If you’re all up to date, refine and revise your notes. Remember to allocate time for each course throughout the week. 

📝 Reflect
Take a moment to reflect on what you’ve done so far throughout the term. What have you struggled with? Is there anything you did very well? Make a list of all these things so you know what to work on during the rest of the term.

🍽️ Relax
Take a day off! If you’ve caught up on all your work, schedule a time to hang out with your friends and do something fun, such as going to a picnic or having dinner together at your favourite haunt. 
Scientists Screwed Over By History
‘Scientist’, a term coined back in 1834, was made to describe those who pioneered technology and discovered things that would go on to change the way our world works. However, many of them would end up having their work stolen, their contributions snubbed and their existence forgotten. Today, we’re going to take a look at some of these severely underrated scientists who were screwed over by history.
Lise Meitner
Meitner, along with a team of other scientists (Otto Hahn, Fritz Strassmann, and her nephew, Otto Frisch), discovered nuclear fission in December 1938, the term which was invented by Meitner. Nuclear fission is the process of a nucleus of an atom being split into two or more pieces, releasing a large amount of energy in the process. Despite her significant contribution to the discovery of nuclear fission, her colleague Otto Hahn would go on to become the sole receiver of the 1944 Nobel Prize for their group effort.
Alfred Russel Wallace
In 1855, Wallace came to the realisation that living creatures evolved, but with no idea how. Wallace would wake up with a fever and an answer to the question three years later: natural selection. Excited with his realisation, he would send a letter to Charles Darwin, who had come to the same conclusion just a couple years before. Together, they would go on to publish a revolutionary article about the theory of evolution and natural selection. And while Darwin rose to fame for this discovery, Wallace would be left behind and forgotten, fading into obscurity.
Rosalind Franklin
Franklin specialised in X-ray crystallography, which she used to take pictures of the DNA molecule, thus revealing its double-helix structure. Her colleague, Maurice Wilkins, struggled to work with her due to a clash in personality, and he would eventually move on to work with his friends Francis Crick and James Watson. Wilkins would take Franklin’s photo without her permission and show it to them. Together, they developed the model of a DNA molecule using her image and their own data, and presented it without credit to Franklin. Franklin would eventually succumb to ovarian cancer at an early age, while Wilkins, Crick and Watson were awarded a Nobel Peace Prize for their work.

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