Asanka found being involved in these projects incredibly beneficial.
“I’ve learnt a lot about the daily workings of research and the skills required to accurately perform experiments and present data. I’ve also improved my time management, independent learning and multitasking skills.
“I’ve been able to learn more deeply about subjects I’m really interested in, while developing skills in research, scientific writing and delivering presentations, all of which I believe will be very helpful in my future.
“I’ve been privileged to gain access to very high-tech research apparatus, I’ve received individual opportunities, learnt from academic leaders and chosen topics that suit my interests. I truly value these experiences and hope some of the skills and in-depth knowledge I’ve gained will set me apart from other graduates.”
He says the program inspires students to do more research, be more inquisitive and to always extend themselves beyond the basics.
The Dalyell Scholars program builds significantly on content covered in lectures and in Science, has a focus on practical aspects and laboratory work.
“It's inspiring to be able to see the concepts learned in lectures unfold before your own eyes, and to even make findings never before observed, and try to apply the known to explain the findings.”
Asanka is about to start his medical degree and the experiences have convinced him to conduct further research or maybe even undertake part of his career in academia. He is also trying his hand at mentoring other students for their ‘showcase’ projects, where first-year TSP (from 2018, Dalyell) students present their group research findings.
In 2018, the Dalyell Scholars program will be offered to students with an ATAR (or equivalent) of 98 and above.