Scholarship drives Emma's environmental impact
“In my work, I gather a lot of data, analyse a lot of research and measure a lot of findings and theories," she says.
"I don't think I could measure the impact of my scholarship. It brought me out of my shellshock, reawakened my energy and commitment, and helped take me where I am today."
Where Emma goes next is another exciting prospect.
In December 2017, she was awarded a prestigious John Monash Scholarship, recipients of which are chosen for their significant leadership potential, outstanding performance in their chosen fields and aspirations to make the world a better place.
Starting in October, Emma will join Oxford University to pursue a Doctor of Philosophy (Zoology) studying the wild badgers of Oxford's Wytham Wood.
"Wytham Wood sounds like something out of a children's story, but the scientific implications are more serious," says Emma. "By using badgers as a model, and focusing on their gut microbiota, I hope to gather invaluable insight into what makes all carnivores tick."
Emma has much to look forward to. Occasionally, however, she does look back.
“All the things I've been able to do, all of them, I owe in some part to my time at Griffith and the support I received there," she says.
"I'm grateful for my mum and grandfather, who I try to honour every day. And I'm grateful for my scholarship, which I continue to value and strive to show myself as having been a worthy recipient."