Name Sarah Morgan
Current Job Title Project Manager, Science in Society: Participatory Science Platform pilot, South Auckland
Organisation COMET Auckland and the Auckland STEM Alliance
Academic Background BSc(Hons I), PhD Otago (Genetics)
Why did you decide to get into science? I've always loved science, always wanted to know why about things, never happy with parables or guesses. I love the industry in general, though there are many frustrations within - just as in every other industry.
What do you like most about your job? My job is completely new! I love being able to connect people who go on to form valuable, lasting relationships – community members: students, teachers, parents, whanau; with researchers, media, science-of-all-types.
What is the highlight of your career so far? Every time I start something new I think it’s the highlight – and I think that’s how it should be. Always strive to be happier and more fulfilled in your work and life than you were yesterday. I’m so excited to be bringing the various strands of skills and experiences in my past together into my current role, where I have a chance to help dive systems change.
What is your advice for women looking at a career in science? Don't get bogged down with the traditional paths. A wealth of life experience will stand you in good stead for "alternate" careers in science (aside from tenure track academia, I mean). So - study the things at uni/tech/school/library that you find interesting, get varied jobs, work out best skills and then where you want to apply them.Diversity in all things makes you better able to adapt to situations and challenges – and contribute from different perspectives.
What do you do? I’m the Project Manager for the Science in Society: Participatory Science Platform pilot project, a part of the Nation of Curious Minds suite of initiatives. We’re working with communities in South Auckland to develop research projects on topics that have value and meaning to them personally, and to their wider whanau and community group. The aim is that by working with communities on science projects directed by them, we will be able to improve the perceived value of science knowledge and skills in everyday life – and in pathways to careers for our young people.