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Jessica Pandohee - Mauritius

Studying abroad has been a dream since I completed my O-Levels. I chose to study in Australia because of the attractive educational pathways and scholarship opportunities. Currently I am a Ph.D Candidate at RMIT, where I am analysing complex samples in the field of forensic science, food, agriculture and metabolomics.

Course: Bachelor of Forensic Science and Ph.D in Applied Chemistry
Institute: Deakin University and RMIT University
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Location: Melbourne, Victoria

Jessica_pandohee_sia_student_story_2015_300x300Studying abroad has been a dream since I completed my O-Levels. I chose to study in Australia because of the attractive educational pathways and scholarship opportunities.

After completing high school at Loreto College of Port-Louis in Mauritius I enrolled in an accelerated Diploma in Science at MIBT as a pathway to a Bachelor of Forensic Science at Deakin University.

As part of my degree I did work-integrated learning at Victoria Police and Deakin University and I graduated from a Bachelor of Forensic Science (Honours) in 2012.

Currently I am in the third year of a Ph.D in Applied Chemistry at RMIT University, where I have been developing two-dimensional chromatographic techniques to separate hundreds of compounds in complex samples to analyse key components of interest in the field of forensic science, food, agriculture, biology and metabolomics.

Besides my research work, I teach chemistry and practical classes to high school, first and third year undergraduate students and also regularly supervise third year and honours research projects.

In 2013 I was selected to attend the ProSER.NET Young Researchers’ School with 15 other postgraduate students in the Asia-Pacific region for a two-week intensive research-training workshop in Thailand ( This provided invaluable guidance on research design, planning skills and research proposal writing that has been crucial to the success of my candidature.

This year I was awarded $1000 and a certificate for winning The Agilent Technologies Prize for Excellence in Separation Science for outstanding research outputs as demonstrated from research publications in high impact journals, award of research grants and promotion of the RMIT brand name through international media.

As an RMIT Ambassador I have been chosen as a student hero ( and feature in the 2015 postgraduate prospectus for sciences and medical sciences.

Recently I won a RACI Student Travel Award for a research internship in Germany and this educational exchange is an opportunity to allow me to gain advanced experience and build collaborative links between RMIT and University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany.

Socially I play basketball and have been participating in charity runs. Also a member of Conservation Volunteers Australia, Victorian Landcare Gateway, Australian Red Cross and Oxfam Australia I enjoy going out in the real world to make a positive impact. It has been a rewarding experience to engage in preserving Victoria’s natural beauty. My personal and community experiences in Victoria have enabled me to develop into a student leader and global citizen and without hesitation I would recommend universities in Melbourne to other students.

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