My name is Jennie and I have just finished studying Microbiology at the University of Nottingham. I started this blog because in third year I started a research project and was let loose in a proper lab amongst other scary things. This virtual notepad gives me a place to voice my thoughts an opinions as well as hopefully shedding light on what it’s like to be an undergrad.
I’m hoping that my future will be filled with some sort of science communication job. Working for the World Health Organisation on their antibiotic awareness campaign or the BBC would be the dream but I know I’ll have to work hard and get lots of experience to achieve that! In September I’ve been accepted to start a Science Communication Masters at UWE Bristol which is a great first step towards my dream career!
I like to do science communication with the help of my Giant Microbes; soft fluffy versions of the bugs that cause disease. They make conveying what might be a boring, science message more fun and accessible which hopefully shows in the pictures I’ve taken. Whenever I’ve taken them to fairs in the past, people love them and want one of their own. I used them mainly as props to make posts on the Instagram account for UoN’s Microbiology Society (MicroSoc) of which I was a part of until I graduated.
In 2016 I became part of of the Early Career Scientist (ECS) Committee within the Society for Applied Microbiology. I love to talk to people at the best of times but being able to talk to them about science without boring them is a definite bonus! I am now ECS Publications Officer and have already written two articles in the quarterly magazine that is sent out to their members… so exciting! At the most recent ECS Symposium I used one of my giant microbes, Percy the Pimple in a Twitter campaign to advertise the event and I was encouraged by other committee members to use him in my tweets throughout the day which was great fun! At the Annual Conference I used Twitter again but this time to summarise and simplify the talks that were taking place.
One of my passions is antibiotic resistance and even though I love to talk about it I am interested in a vast array of other subjects outside microbiology. If you are interested in Antibiotic Resistance though, or want to know more about it then you can visit this online resource that I made about different aspects of the subject; Antibiotic Resistance: Spread Awareness, not Resistance.
If you like fiction, my dad and I have a blog where we post short stories that pop into our heads; A Thousand Words. Each story is linked to a picture that we have taken either in the past or on the day that inspiration struck. Photography is another one of my hobbies and I decided to undertake a module in it as part of my third year. This led to me adding Instagram to my growing list of social media profiles and so if you want to take a peek at my photos, search jenniefrench95 and see what you find!