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Scout commissioner awarded PhD in biological sciences from Queen's

By Rebecca Black

International Commissioner of Scouting Ireland Claire McAroe is celebrating today as she graduates from Queen's University with a PhD in biological sciences.

Claire, from Lisburn, Co Antrim, is the first scout from Northern Ireland to hold the prestigious position. At the age of 22, she travelled around the world by herself, fulfilling her dreams of visiting the Galapagos Islands to visit Lonesome George and the Darwin Centre - a must-do on the bucket list of any biological buff.

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Claire said her academic and scouting experiences often complemented each other. "I believe it was scouting that sparked my interest in pursuing academia further," she explained.

"Being able to think outside of the box, take new approaches to educating others and seeing everything as a learning opportunity allowed me appreciate my science background even further."

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