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Spotlight: Max Guinet, Applied Biological Sciences Student at the University of Stirling

Tell us a fun fact about yourself

I was born and educated in France and so I have a very strong French accent.

Tell us about your career journey so far

I’m a student in Applied Biological Sciences going into 3rd year at Stirling University. I did two scientific work placements in Paris during high school; one in a research Lab (where they were testing the effects of plastic molecules found in water bottles on mice) and one at a plant conservatory (where I was getting new holotypes of plants that needed to be set, scanned and placed in the correct place in a several-floor-tall building that identifies every known plant on earth).

What was your favourite subject in school and why?

My favourite subject at school was Biology because of how broad it was. I learned so much about plant biology, immunology, geology, genetics and anatomy. My teachers were always awesome and inspired me to study further.

What subjects/qualifications are useful in your role?

To be a successful biology student, you need to really appreciate what you are studying. Being very curious, asking many questions, having ideas; that’s what people want to see in biologists. You need good grades in Biology to go attend it at University as well as English and Mathematics.

What is your favourite thing about your job?

The environment a university gives to its students is what I prefer. I’m constantly surrounded by professors, academics and students that share ideas, respect others, etc. Going to university is an inspirational and efficient springboard for aspiring biologists to have great knowledge to start a career in sciences.

What is a normal day in your role like?

A regular day in a student in biology would be some theoretical lectures in the morning and more hands-on lab practical in the afternoon. Research and studying is also required to be carried out during the day.

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