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Quentin Bechet

PhD in Microalgae

I’m doing my PhD at the Center for Environmental Technology and Engineering on microalgae. The goals of my project is to determine is temperature variations recorded in outdoor cultivation systems may threaten the enormous potential of microalgae for biofuel production. What I love about this topic is that this field of research is receiving increasing attention at the moment. It’s the perfect time to be inventive, which is highly encouraged by my supervisors. If I had to give a reason why someone should go to Massey for study, I would say that this taste for innovation is one of the main qualities of Massey.

I really feel that the goal of a PhD is not only to become an expert of a field of research: by doing a PhD, we learn to become researchers with everything the job requires. For instance, I discovered that contrary to what I used to think before, doing research does not mean at all working alone. For instance, in my study here I had the opportunity to manage a couple of undergraduate students. Interestingly, one of the main skills I gained here doing my PhD is management skills! More generally, being a PhD student requires to interact with all the research team: our supervisors of course, but as well all the academic staff in the department, the lab technicians and managers, other PhD students, interns, etc. Consequently, relation and human skills are an important part of the learning during a PhD.

Quentin Bechet

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