Why volunteer?

Hear from Grace Frost, one of our amazing Big Bang Fair 2016 volunteers.


My name is Grace – I recently graduated from the University of Manchester with a 2:1 masters degree in chemistry. I’m a current team member of the nucleargraduates scheme and am sponsored bySellafield Ltd. The scheme aims to prepare and develop graduates into nuclear professionals through training and placements.

My current role at Sellafield is as a High Hazard Reduction team member and I am coordinating the movement of spent nuclear fuel stored in legacy ponds. I realised that I wanted to be part of the nuclear industry whilst I was at university after studying nuclear and radiochemistry. It isn’t something that I knew I always wanted to do, honestly, I thought I would be a physiotherapist! My interest in science started at school about the time I was in year 9.

During this year I attended my first local Big Bang Fair and was completely fascinated with robotics and the “flash bang” chemistry show. The best things about Big Bang Fairs are the interactive activities; this is your chance to really get involved and gives you a taste of what it is like to be a scientist. Science was something I was always good at but that’s because I found it so interesting. Events like the Big Bang Fair shows you the huge variety in science; from the human body all the way to Nano robots that can be used to treat illnesses. At school, I studied Biology and Chemistry at A-Level and went on to study chemistry at university. I chose chemistry because it can be applied to so many situations; pharmaceuticals, plant science, space exploration and for me, within the nuclear industry.

I'm volunteering with The Big Bang Fair because I know how important it is to get young people interested in science and engineering, and to be part of the process that inspires them to follow a scientific career is fantastic. Science is a subject which everyone can get involved in and for me, being a scientist is the best job in the world.

Grace Frost, MChem, Nucleargraduate


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