Published on 26 April 2013
26 April 2013
Bright by name, Bright by origin and bright by nature is the case for a high-achieving science graduate of the University of the Sunshine Coast.
David Bright – who grew up in Bright, Victoria, before moving to the Brisbane suburb of Coorparoo when he was a teenager – recently graduated from USC with a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in aquaculture and biotechnology.
He originally enrolled in a Bachelor of Education in 2009, but changed his study plan after gaining a place in a science-based scholarship project at USC.
David, 32, now of Buderim, said it was during this project that he became captivated by molecular biology and genetics.
“The scholarship project and honours component of the study ignited my passion for the field and prompted the desire to undertake further research,” he said.
His dedication to research has helped him earn an Australian Postgraduate Award Scholarship from USC for his PhD studies, which he began this year.
“I have now started my doctorate and, after that, I would like to continue working as a researcher in aquaculture biotechnology and to build an academic career in teaching,” he said.
David, who formerly taught English in Thailand and Japan, said he chose to study at USC because it offered the ideal academic and lifestyle setting.
“The smaller class and lecture sizes as well as the supportive staff allowed me to get a lot out of the classes I attended and to feel part of the USC community,” he said.
“I am always the person with a question, so having friendly, approachable academics that genuinely care about the students and are willing to answer questions is ideal for me.
"I’ve enjoyed studying at USC so much that I’ve signed up for another three years.”
— Jessica Halls