Profile - Sophie Corrigan

Why did you choose to come to Exeter?

While completing my undergraduate degree in Marine Biology at the University of Exeter, I learnt of its extensive and world-leading research which spans across the globe. I met so many inspiring and passionate academics who were experts in their field and I knew that I wanted to continue to work here amongst them.

What career aspirations do you have?

I love scientific research and investigating new and exciting areas, so a career which will allow me to pursue active research would be really exciting. This could either be in academia or working in industry or for an environmental charity.

What will you be doing outside of study?

I am a passionate science communicator and enjoy making wildlife documentaries or organising events such as film screenings. Throughout my undergraduate degree at Exeter I was heavily involved in the Wildlife Documentary Society and part of a student led film crew, NatureWatch. I would like to continue to be involved in these and similar creative ventures that raise awareness about local wildlife or conservation issues.

What does receiving this scholarship mean to you and how will it impact on your time at Exeter and beyond?

I am very honoured to be awarded this scholarship and feel very grateful to my sponsors for giving me this opportunity. I am excited to get started on this next adventure and continue to progress academically in my career, especially in an area I am so passionate about. The scholarship will allow me to explore a relatively understudied area of marine science and allow me to comprehensively understand and maximise seaweed's potential as a green food source for future growth of this industry and produce some clear publishable scientific work to demonstrate this. It will also provide me with invaluable research skills to open many doors afterwards and hopefully lead to an exciting career.