Ben Young

Studied: Bachelor of Science (Zoology and Geoscience) at Monash University

Currently: Doing a PhD at the University of Miami, Florida

Ben Young working underwater

How did your Australian degree help you get to where you are now?

Monash was the absolute best experience; Australia is an incredible place. Monash was a fantastic university, offering a variety of core courses and electives and it paired with my personality from the get-go.

I am currently living in Miami undertaking a PhD in coral disease and disease resistance genetics at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, University of Miami. This entails a lot of lab work and sitting behind a computer, but I also get to dive in the Florida Keys for fieldwork for my PhD dissertation. Apart from my work, I mentor undergraduate students, as well as being involved in a diverse number of other projects.

All in all, Monash set me up very well for graduate studies. The university is set up where you can get a good degree by following the guidelines, but individuals who want to achieve more have the opportunity to contact people and integrate research and extra activities which can really bolster job applications and graduate school applications. I would hands down recommend Study abroad to help with applications, as well as Monash and Melbourne as a place to live and study!

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