Technician, Hill Laboratories
Master of Science
Deciding to study at AUT was easy, says Madhu Panjeta who came to AUT as an international student from India to study a Master of Science, specialising in chemistry.
“When I was looking at different university study options, AUT seemed like a great place to study with multicultural students and staff, and that encouraged me to want to be a part of AUT. It was a really great experience for me to study at AUT. The staff were helpful and everybody managed each and every thing in a very efficient way during the COVID-19 situation.”
For her Master of Science research, Madhu focused on the synthesis of a novel photo catalyst.
“I was greatly inspired by my supervisor, Dr Jack Chen from AUT’s School of Science. He is a really helpful person and has great knowledge of medicinal chemistry and synthesis. I found it very interesting to be involved in the synthesis of a photo switching molecule.”
Finding her path
Her studies also helped Madhu discover what career pathway she wants to follow.
“I found a great interest in working in the lab during my projects and decided that I want to be in an industry where I can work with instruments. I realised that my dream is to be a great instrument technician.”
She has now fulfilled this dream and has recently taken up a role as a technician at Hill Laboratories, New Zealand's largest privately owned analytical testing laboratory.
“In this role I’m involved in food testing, environment testing, honey testing and drug testing. I love being part of a team of instrument technicians and am very proud of landing a great job in the field I wanted to work in.”
Advice for other students
Madhu, who graduated from AUT at the end of 2020, has some great advice for other students.
“My advice to other students would be to work hard in your studies and your lab work to help you to achieve your goal in life.”
AUT offers plenty of support to students, she says.
“You don’t need to worry about anything as AUT staff will be there for you as the backbone to help in any challenging situation.”