Scholar Profiles

Campus: UNC
Hometown: Sydney, Australia
High School: Ravenswood School for Girls

I am pursuing a degree in Biomedical Engineering through the joint program at UNC and NC State University. I have always had a fascination for science and through my final two years of high school, where I studied chemistry and physics in the International Baccalaureate Diploma, I deepened my passion and curiosity in the natural sciences. Also in my last few years of high school, I kindled an interest in medicine. I love emergency hospital reality tv shows and after speaking to some emergency doctors and reading some books, I thought that the fast-paced, problem-solving and teamwork environment was where I wanted to be. I then discovered the field of biomedical engineering. It is the perfect combination of my two passions – science and medicine. The innovative technologies that are being used in the medical field currently are incredible, and I can’t wait to be able to make my own contribution to saving lives.

My ultimate dream is to be an engineer working on an incredible innovation that can be used in developing countries to create a safer and better health system. I would love to be able to travel the world with my work and touch the lives of many people.

Aside from my academic interests, I love playing sports. I have been lucky enough throughout my high school years to have the opportunity to play four different sports a year including field hockey, water polo, soccer, netball, touch rugby, tennis, softball, and cross-country. I also live very close to the beach in Sydney and have been a member of the local Surf Life Saving Club for many years as a volunteer lifeguard. The beaches in Sydney are arguably some of the best in the world and growing up on their sand and in their surf has given me an active lifestyle and raised my awareness of beach safety. Listening to music, watching movies, going out to eat new food and hanging out with friends is what I do for fun.

What drew you to the Robertson Program?

I was drawn to the Robertson Program, not because of the monetary value but the spirit of the program and its mission to support future leaders to make a contribution to the world. When I went to a presentation at UNSW in Australia, there was a slide that they showed with all the characteristics they want in a scholar. I looked at my mum and said “Mum! That’s me!” and I knew then that all I ever wanted was to become a Robertson so I could have all the incredible experiences and interact with other amazing scholars to grow and learn and become a leader in the world and achieve my goals.

Frost Jemma 2022