I found the idea of doing curiosity-led research absolutely fascinating, and I still do.
"Seaweed in New Zealand has not been studied much," Catriona Hurd says, "and there are many exciting questions that need answering."
"Often students who’ve had to struggle become the best researchers."
Mathematics Professor Iain Raeburn reckons Otago is the best-run university he has ever worked at.
“We’re basically like engineers or architects, but rather than designing buildings, we’re designing molecules.”
Our bodies are designed to be physically stressed says Dr Jim Cotter, lecturer in exercise and environmental physiology at the School of Physical Education.
Seeking knowledge can be fun, says lecturer John Tagg. "It doesn't have to be a dreary process."
Chemistry lecturer Lyall Hanton admits to an obsession with science from a young age.
Do you speak frog? Professor Phil Bishop does.
Rebecca’s research involves manipulating hormonal levels in mice while in utero and then investigating how their brains are affected in adulthood.
“There are all sorts of jobs these days for people who can interpret and analyse data.”