Science shouldn’t be restricted to men
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Inner Sanctum: Thanks to your achievements at the IBO, the Haûi Phoøng People's Committee awarded you VNÑ500 million. Could you tell us how you used the money?
It was quite a large amount of money so I let my parents manage it. I actually don't have any plans for it.
Inner Sanctum: Has you experience at the IBO helped you in college?
It has helped me a lot in terms of biology and physiology knowledge as well as experimental skills acquired during the preparation time for the IBO.
However, my chemistry is not very strong because at high school, I prioritised biology and invested more time in that than other subjects.
Inner Sanctum: What are your impressions of Iran and the international contestants at the IBO?
Before I went to Iran, I thought the country might still be at war so I was nervous about going there. However, when I got there, I realised that it was actually very peaceful, and the locals were very friendly and loved Vietnamese people.
For the contestants this year, I found them very diverse. Some were really good at both theory and experiments like those from China, who ranked very high in the competition. However, there were also some who were not very well prepared. Many of the contestants were competing at the IBO for the first time.
It was interesting to notice that the contestants were not only good at science but also very talented. They could play musical instruments, sing and play sports very well. It was really impressive.
Inner Sanctum: One of the four tests at the IBO required contestants to experiment on leeches to identify their organs and answer questions. Were you intimidated?
When I trained with the national team, I had the chance to do experiment on different animals including several types of worms, so I was not intimidated. I was just a bit surprised.
Inner Sanctum: Besides the efforts of the students themselves, the teachers also play a role in their success. Can you tell us about your biology teacher at high school?
What I like the most about my teacher, Ms Höôøng, is her sense of intimacy. She was the first teacher I ever felt close to.
Like other teachers, she devoted lots of time for us. She called and messaged me a lot to support me while I was at the training session to prepare for the IBO.
Inner Sanctum: Many people still think that science is for men, not women. What do you think about this perception?
I think this is an old way of thinking. I must admit that there are more successful men in natural sciences than women. However, there are women who outperform men. I think successful scientists are those who are persistent, creative and have a great sense of curiosity and exploration in their jobs. And I think those characteristics are not gender or age specific. VNS