Budding scientists link with UWS and CSIRO


Date: 18/07/2002

While most high school students were out catching the latest movie or just staying warm during the July school holidays, seven keen students were at the University of Western Sydney to help with research projects.

The budding scientists were especially selected to participate in the CSIRO Student Research Scheme at UWS.

Richard Shorten, Education Officer for the CSIRO's Science Education Centre, said the program's aim is to "offer selected Year 11 students the opportunity to work in a laboratory or equivalent research area alongside active scientists".

The students worked on a variety of projects involving nanotechnology, chemistry education, equine science, water infiltration in soil and fungal enzyme research.

Professor Mick Wilson, Dean of the College of Science, Technology and the Environment, believes the CSIRO program broadens high school students' awareness of the achievements of Australian science and the diverse scientific careers available.

"The students were selectively chosen based on their ability and interest in particular fields," Professor Wilson said.

"The students worked on tailored research projects, which were either small modules of current research programs or a stand-alone projects, for a minimum of 20 hours.

"Our scientists found working with the students to be very rewarding and the high school students were also very proud of their involvement," he added.

"Through this program, the value of the University's scientific research is able to flow to the wider community."

Students participating in the program were Kristina Golla from Girraween High School; Christine Filla from Penrith High School; Candice Lim from St Patrick's College; Nikkole Freeth from St Vincent's College; and Dusica Nikolic, Benjamin Fulcher and Cecilia Chi, all from Baulkham Hills High School.

UWS scientists Dr Jimmy Hu, Dr Deidre Tronson, Mr John Rota, Dr Patrick Finnegan and Dr Basant Maheswari supervised the student research.

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Media contact: Suzie Vlaming, 9678 7429 or 0414 308 701, s.vlaming@uws.edu.au

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