Student stories

Studying science at ANU is a lifetime experience. Find out why directly from our students.

Career story

Manuraj came to ANU to study physics. Now he’s a lawyer

When Manuraj Shunmugasundaram left India and moved to Australia, it was to study physics. He had his heart set on a career in astronomy, which is why he chose ANU, the best ranked university in Australia for astrophysics.

A longhorn beetle (Rhytiphora).

Research story, Student profile

Beetle mania! PhD student Lauren is reshaping the family tree of longhorn beetles

Why judging a book by its cover has led to a tangled family tree for the longhorn beetle.

Marika Niihori outside on campus.

Student profile

From ANU to Cambridge: Marika is changing healthcare on the nanoscale

After being awarded a Gates Cambridge Scholarship, ANU Physics student, Marika Niihori, is on her way to Cambridge with a vision to transform healthcare.

Molly Folkard amongst ferns at the Botanic Gardens.

Student profile

Waste not, want not: Solving Australia’s food waste problem

As part of an internship at ANU, Molly Folkard has just made an important contribution to Australia’s food waste waste strategy – while still an undergraduate.

Matthew Spence and Vanessa Vongsouthi stand behind a sheet of PET plastic film, the breakdown target of their PETase enzyme.

Student profile

Breakin’ it down with plastic-degrading enzymes

Two PhD students are harnessing the power of an enzyme to break down plastic.

Student profile

From the classroom to the clouds

While our students are busy becoming scientists, they also make time for their hobbies. In Jacob Brown’s case, this means floating through clouds.

Shanae King is standing outside with remains of telescopes in the background.

Career story

For the next rendition of how A Star is Born, ANU is preparing an emu for spaceflight

Shanae King builds systems that are literally out of this world – or they will be, one day.

Student profile

Your local alchemist

Flexible double-degree student, Sasha Whittle, combines chemistry and art to make extraordinary things.