Top science student joins ANSTO's 2002 Winter School


Date: 25/07/2002

Lawson resident Adam McKinnon recently joined the elite of Australia and New Zealand's science students during the annual Winter School for the Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering (AINSE) and the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) in July at Lucas Heights.

Adam is studying a Bachelor of Science at the University of Western Sydney and has a keen interest in geochemistry.

"The Winter School has been one of the best experiences in the during my university education, I learned so many new things that could have a lot of application in the real world," he said.

AINSE, in conjunction with ANSTO, offers one senior undergraduate student from most universities around the country the chance to participate in the five-day school, which includes science experiments, lectures and the chance to meet with science experts and fellow students.

According to the UWS Dean of Science, Technology and the Environment, Professor Mick Wilson, students who attended the Winter School are considered as being the top in their chosen field.

"The students came from a range of tertiary disciplines, including chemistry, engineering, environmental science, geology and physics," he said.

The theme of the Winter School was "Nuclear techniques applied to natural processes".

Students attended sessions in 'neutron diffraction', 'ion beam analysis', 'use of natural radioactivity in environmental studies', 'radiation chemistry' and 'environmental radioactivity and the living world'.

The aim of the Winter School is to give top science students the opportunity to learn hands-on applications of their studies whilst gaining an insider's view of ANSTO.

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

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