Broad interests reap benefits for science

Melissa Sweeney.

The journal Science asked a group of young scientists how broad interests benefit their science. Scientists with a variety of hobbies responded that their extracurricular activities have enhanced a wide range of skills, from creativity to communication to resilience. Monash BDI PhD student from the Borg lab, Melissa Sweeney, gave insights from balancing her research with playing the saxophone. "Just like science, music requires precision, teamwork, and an ability to think about what you're creating and what you want to show."