Beginning third year at university is a scary, yet incredibly exciting time. The start of third year in the School of Marine Science brought with it several opportunities for me, including a trip to Bermuda, as well as the chance to help on a university Visit Day.
Aside from these things, third year also brings your research project. Deciding on your research project can feel like such a scary thing, but it is actually one of the most exciting things that you will get to do in your time at university.
This week I undertook an induction at the Dove Marine Laboratory to see all the facilities that will be available to me this year, as I will be carrying out my research project there. I also took this opportunity to visit the sea urchins (Echinus esculentus) that have been collected for me to use in my project, as well as visiting some of the other animals that are kept in the aquarium at the Dove. It is rather exciting how these animals become your responsibility (they effectively become your pets).
Unfortunately the weather wasn’t very good when I visited, so the view from the Dove Marine Laboratory wasn’t as nice as it can be when the weather is nice.
We have also just finished learning about the “Public Understanding of Science” which took us for lectures at both the Great North Museum and the Centre for Life. The Great North Museum is a free natural history museum and provides a really nice place to go when you have some time free between lectures, and the Centre for Life (although having an entry cost) is a really fun science centre with lots of exhibits, including a planetarium and a 4D motion ride. Both are well worth visiting.
The next few weeks includes a return trip home, submitting the proposal for my research project, submitting my report from data I collected while in Bermuda, as well as going to see Ed Sheeran at the Metro Radio Arena!
See you next time!! 🙂