Just an FYI, the Temporal Science Ship is a pretty OP ship. It has BOP like BOFF flexibility, can set up for any degree of science to go with whatever build, has a very high shield mod, and handles exactly like an Escort.
Don't be a bit too eager to say Science is GTG because someone is flying an OP ship and knew exactly what they were doing. Other science ships not named "Vesta" cannot compete on that kind of level.
Don't dismiss the Palisade either, in terms of keeping to only lockbox sci ships.
5 sci consoles, carrier-esque BOFF layout (Cmdr, 2 Lt cmdrs, Lt), shields as good as the Temporal sci, more hull but less turn than the Temporal Sci.