Student profile

Hannah Coughlan

Course of study:
Bachelor of Science (Honours) and Master of Nanotechnology

Currently completing a PhD with La Trobe University and the CSIRO.

Hannah isn't just studying at La Trobe University, she is working as an advocate to bring more females into the world of science.

Studying at La Trobe University has opened a world of opportunities for Hannah, including her current work as project co-ordinator.

Hannah is currently completing a PhD with La Trobe University and the CSIRO after completing a dual degree in Bachelor of Science (Honours) and Master of Nanotechnology.

It was her deep love of all science that led to the decision to undertake them all.

"When I was choosing my course I knew I wanted to study multiple areas of science, biochemistry, chemistry and physics. The double degree in science and nanotechnology offered at La Trobe has allowed me to pursue my love of these science disciplines," she said.

Research opportunities were the main attraction to La Trobe for Hannah, who now works as the project co-ordinator of Growing Tall Poppies, a Science Partnership Program between various ARC centres and Universities that aims to get more females studying science in high school.

She has also worked as a physics demonstrator and a research assistant. Hannah's studies have also acted as a platform for her to explore the world.

"During my undergraduate years, I was able to travel around the world for experiments, conferences and workshops," she said.

"I took part in a two-week study school at Thammasat University in Bangkok, Thailand where I was able to study medicinal chemistry, and spend time with Thai students and learn about their culture.

"In my final year I experienced how research is conducted in another country and went to Northern Italy to perform an experiment at the ELETTRA Synchrotron."