Real Voices interview: Anita

Meet Anita, who is now studying Biology and German at university

Illustration of Anita

Illustration © Lyndon Hayes

What subjects did you study at post-16?

Biology, Maths, German, General Studies, AS Chemistry.

What was your extended project?

Investigating a suitable source of DNA from a chicken; can DNA barcoding be used to determine breed?

What ethical considerations did you have in your project?

I used eggs and feathers in my project. In order to collect DNA without harm or stress, I gathered feathers that had been moulted naturally. Plucking feathers pulls the shaft of the feather out as well, which contains most of the DNA, but in my opinion this would have been unethical.

Tell us about your writing process.

I separated the different sections – such as methods, background information, etc. – and then tidied up the formatting before submission. This helped me to keep the report structured. I left the introduction until last, as then I knew exactly what was in my report. I felt then I could introduce the topic properly.

What was your biggest challenge?

Learning how to use the Harvard referencing system.

What are you studying now?

I am at the University of Birmingham, studying Biology and German.

Has doing an EPQ helped you?

Doing a practical EPQ has helped with essay writing at uni. And I was asked about my project at two interviews, which allowed me to demonstrate my passion for biology.

About this resource

This resource was first published in ‘Go Further: A practical guide to extended science projects’ in June 2015.

Careers, Genetics and genomics
Go Further: A practical guide to extended science projects
Education levels:
16–19, Independent research projects