Skip to main content Skip to navigation

5 questions with... an undergraduate researcher

Isaac McGirr is studying for a degree in Global Sustainable Development and will begin a research project over the summer.

You’ve just been accepted onto the Undergraduate Research Support Scheme; can you tell us a little bit about it?

IsaacThe URSS is a scheme offered by the University which allows undergraduate students to do a research or public engagement project. Successful applicants get support and generous funding to run their own project of their choosing.

What will you be researching over the summer?

I will be trying to understand people's views on climate justice in the Maldives. Small islands did very little to contribute to the problem of climate change, but due to rising sea levels their homelands may be lost and they'll be forced to relocate. How do people feel about this situation?

What piece of advice would you give to anyone starting out in research?

Don't rush into any particular idea; figuring out what to focus on should happen over time, where you allow your thoughts to settle at the back of your mind. Once you're sure the research idea works, then start committing yourself!

What’s your favourite thing about research?

I'm a curious person, so once a research question is formulated I cannot wait to know the answer. It's like a detective story, where you gradually build facts and theories until you finally figure it all out at the end (although you perhaps knew it was the butler all along).

Do you plan to take research forward once you’ve graduated?

I do. I'll have to do a big research thesis in my upcoming master's degree, but also entry-level jobs in my industry (international development) are often focussed around research projects.

Five cheeky bonus questions

What’s your favourite meal to cook?

Probably Nasi Goreng, a type of Indonesian fried rice. It's very simple once you know how to do it, so don't think I'm some talented chef.

Do you have any pets?

My family has a chocolate labrador called Coda, and a cat named Cassi (my name backwards, kind of) who considerately pays us a visit now and then.

Where is your dream holiday destination?

I'm desperate to visit Zhangjiajie in China, which has crazy looking mountains (search them up!)

What’s in your travel mug, tea or coffee?

Coffee as I drink it black with no sugar, so no chance of things settling.

How do you unwind?

With sports, playing football and futsal. I also like to read, currently on An Atlas of ​Extinct Countries by Gideon Defoe which is great fun.

The Undergraduate Research Support Scheme enables Warwick undergraduate students to carry out an interdisciplinary summer research or public engagement project.
If you're interested in researching and want to get involved next year, find out more about URSS.