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Talented Student Program visits Westmead


10 May 2016

A group of students from the Faculty of Science's Talented Student Program (TSP) visited the Westmead health precinct on 9 May, to find out more about the breadth and depth of research opportunities on offer.

The TSP is offered to the highest achieving undergraduate students in the faculty, enabling them to create individually customised programs of study, which often includes research projects with academic staff.

A group of students from the Faculty of Science's Talented Student Program visited the Westmead health precinct on 9 May, to find out more about the breadth and depth of research opportunities on offer.
A group of students from the Faculty of Science's Talented Student Program visited the Westmead health precinct on 9 May, to find out more about the breadth and depth of research opportunities on offer.

The university's partners at Westmead - including The Children's Hospital at Westmead, the Children's Medical Research Institute (CMRI), the Kids Research Institute (KRI), The Westmead Institute for Medical Research (WIMR) and Westmead Hospital - employ hundreds of scientists working across an enormous range of basic and translational science disciplines.

A recent call for TSP projects identified over 30 opportunities for TSP students at Westmead, and additional projects continue to be identified every few weeks.

On the Westmead visit, fifteen TSP students spent three hours at the Westmead precinct, meeting with leading researchers like Associate Professor Tracy Bryan from CMRI, an expert in cancer cell biology. The visit included presentations from scientists at each of the organisations, tours of specialised facilities, and the opportunity to meet and talk with individual researchers.

"This was a great chance to find out what the possibilities are in medical research. I was particularly keen to discover what opportunities there are for getting involved in medical research with clinical applications, and to see how the health and medical professions interact with other scientists across the precinct," said third year TSP student, Paul Solomon.

TSP students find out about the breadth and depth of research opportunities on offer at the Westmead health precinct.
TSP students find out about the breadth and depth of research opportunities on offer at the Westmead health precinct.

The scientists were equally positive about the visit, with Professor Bryan saying, "We want to meet the next leaders of their fields. Medical science always needs new, enthusiastic minds to contribute to research, and today was a great way to start introducing these talented students to potential career pathways."

Following the success of this visit, planning is underway for several additional tours to introduce more of the TSP cohort to the exciting opportunities on offer at the Westmead precinct.

To find out more about research opportunities at Westmead for TSP, honours and PhD students, come to the research hub open day August 4.


Contact: Michael Texilake

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