Rights: The University of Waikato Published 29 July 2008 Download

Hayley Reynolds, a PhD student at the Auckland Bioengineering Institute, talks about her school background and her interest in using maths and science in research that could be useful in the real world.


I studied general science in the 5th form, and then 6th form I carried on and did physics and chemistry and decided that I quite liked maths and science, and I have quite a logical mind, so science and maths made a lot of sense to me and I enjoyed studying those subjects so I wanted to continue in those when I went to university.

And I wanted to use those subjects to do something useful and to have some kind of way of contributing to society, I suppose. We actually had some engineers come to my high school and talk about biomedical engineering and the work that they were doing, tying together medicine and science and engineering, and creating models that had direct clinical applications to patients who were sick, or just understanding the human body, and that got me quite excited to see what could be done with maths and science in the real world.