My goal is to instil the same zest and passion for science in future students that my teachers and NYSF did for me
Jason Borg attended the NYSF in Canberra in 2010 and National Youth Science Week (NYSW) in Pretoria, South Africa later that same year.
Since then he has graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Science, majoring in biology. He completed his Honours year in the University of Sydney’s Evolutionary and Ecological Physiology Lab looking at whether different behavioural phenotypes determine movement in thermally variable environments. He graduated earlier this year with First Class (Class I) Honours.
Jason decided to put research aside for the time being to pursue his passion for teaching and is currently undertaking a Masters of Teaching (Secondary) in Science also at the University of Sydney. “I loved my undergraduate science degree and all the fieldwork opportunities it provided but I figured I would follow my passion for both research and teaching so that I would have no future regrets, having dabbled in one and not the other. I always saw science as being a part of my future career and this way it always will be. I always have the option of completing my PhD in the future but for now teaching is where I want to be. There’s a need for more STEM teachers and students in schools so my goal is to instil the same zest and passion for science in future students that my teachers and NYSF did for me. I will definitely try to promote NYSF to any future students and all school aged students I meet. As cliché as it may sounds NYSF and NYSW was home to some of my fondest life experiences to date.”
Jason is now completing the final one and a half years of his Masters degree, with his first school practical experience in August of this year.