Meriame is a fourth year MSci Physics student, working on the Mega Ampere Generator for Plasma Implosion Experiments (MAGPIE), the largest university-based pulsed power machine. When not carrying out lab experiments mimicing scenarios that happen around supernovae, Meriame is also a STEM abassador and avid science communicator, with an infectious enthusiasm to share her passion for science with the world. This profile was produced for Diverse@Imperial 2017.

Meriame BerbouchaWhat inspires you about working at Imperial?

The amount of opportunities Imperial gives you is unreal. The fact that I’m surrounded by like-minded people and outstanding and award-winning scientists means that I’m always inspired, there’s always a real buzz in my department for the science we are doing and I love that! I’m so enthusiastic about what I do and I love meeting people who are just as enthusiastic. Not only have I met amazing people but because of those amazing people I’ve been able to carry out amazing research at Imperial and in America too! I’ve been able to communicate science to all ages and share my work at the Imperial Festival, through the Women in Physics Society and many other Outreach events carried out at Imperial.

Imperial is big on Outreach which makes me smile because I think Outreach is vital for getting more students into STEM. All in all, I’ve loved being at Imperial and the people here have inspired me to be the best that I can be!

When did you realise you wanted to become at scientist?

A school trip during my A Levels where I visited the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory and saw science on a national lab scale – the HUGE labs there fascinated me and made me want to become a scientist!

"Believe in yourself! You can achieve things you haven’t even dreamed of!"

What is your favourite moment of the college year?

End of exams = summer fun!

What do you feel Imperial does well in relation to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion?

The College provides training courses for academic staff meaning I am taught in a way where I am treated as an equal regardless of being a minority in the Physics Department (i.e: one of few females in my year). I’ve been supported by the Women in Physics Society and the Outreach team here to continue pursuing my career in science communication.

What's your guilty pleasure?

Singing – the kind where you rock out in your bedroom in front of your mirror.