Name: Katie Reynolds
What you’re studying/studied:
At the moment I'm in my 4th Year studying an MMath in mathematics, which means at the end of this year I will have a master’s level qualification. I have just got a place to study for a PGCE next year with the hope to continue my studies to a master’s in education afterwards.
Where you’re studying/studied:
Durham University for both my undergraduate and PGCE courses.
How you’re involved with Stonewall:
I attended the 2012 Talent programme and also marched with Stonewall at World Pride in London 2012.
What got you interested in science?
I have always been good at maths and I really enjoy the way it is related to everything around us.
Who are your role models?
I can't say I really have any mathematician role models in particular (though I wouldn't mind being the next Carol Vorderman) but I've had a few excellent teachers over the years that have inspired me to teach.
Has your sexual orientation had any impact on you as a scientist?
At University, not really. Although most of my LGBT friends study arts subjects, it hasn't really been an issue and I don't spend very much time with people on my course. I think it will have an impact later on though, particularly as I'm training to teach next year. I think it's going to be difficult to make decisions about who to come out to in a school environment.
What advice would you give to people who are considering going into science?
Make sure you've chosen the right course for you, but then go for it! A career after a maths degree doesn't have to be in accountancy, there's a lot of really interesting options out there so don't dismiss it as leading you down a boring path!
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