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KC’I Beckford, year 13 – Accessing Opportunities

On the 11th November 2014, I was lucky enough to be invited to the Caribbean Diaspora for Science Technology and Innovation CADSTI_UK event which was held at Microsoft’s London offices. I heard about the research being done by Microsoft in the fields of computer science and biology. I, along with two other students of the Amos Bursary, Treasure and Renael attended the talk , presented by Dr Andrew Phillips, a leading researcher in the field of biological computation and head of the Biological Computation Group (BCG) at Microsoft, Cambridge.

As an aspiring computer scientist with a passion for the central sciences, attending this talk resonated with me on a very personal level. It was inspiring to listen, and really think about the work being done within computer science, and opened my eyes to the astonishing breakthroughs science and technology may achieve in the future. I am looking to attain a degree in physics at university and so discovering how easy it is link fundamental aspects of science to computer science has strengthened my confidence in wanting a career in this field. Potentially linking computer science with conventional physics in a similar way to how Dr Phillips links it with biology gives me a wider outlook on the different ways we can approach advancing science and technology and makes me wonder whether computers could be used to answer some of the most fundamental questions we have in the universe.

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