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Green Templeton College | Oxford

jessica buckCharlie Perkins Scholarship and GTC DPhil Scholarship

This year I started the MSc in Neuroscience course. I have really enjoyed the year so far, both my course and my time at GTC, so much so that I am staying for a DPhil (in Oncology) next year. It was hard at the beginning to make the move all the way from Australia, but I settled in quickly and have been loving it ever since.

My course has been very interesting and engaging, with a large range of topics covered in the taught component. The research component has allowed me to experience two different research projects in different areas, and learn a variety of exciting techniques. Combined, the course has helped me narrow down my interests from the huge range of fascinating neuroscience research in Oxford, and choose an area to focus on for my DPhil.

Over the course of the year I have also had my first paper published, and am about to travel to the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine conference in Toronto (Canada) to present some further research thanks to GTC's Conference and Fieldwork Fund.

As well as academic activities, I have enjoyed college life. I started rowing for GTC Boat club, and have had great fun competing in both Oxford events and external regattas. I am also organising this year's ball, which promises to be a really fun event. I have also enjoyed the huge range of talks that Oxford puts on, from Ebola to famous actor at the Union.

"I have really enjoyed my experience in Oxford this year, and none of it would have been possible without support from GTC, the Charlie Perkins Scholarship, and the Oxford Australia Scholarship. As well as financial support, college has been great at supporting us and checking that everything is going well, and it is very reassuring to have those networks in place when you are so far from home. I am also very grateful to be the recipient of GTC's DPhil Scholarship, which will allow me to continue to a DPhil next year."