Last Friday night, saw James Truscott (graduant 2012) and Tessa Bevilacqua (Year 12, 2013) attending the reporting back session for the 2012 UWA PICSE Industry Placement Scholarships. These two students, along with 22 other Year 11 and 12 students gave a short presentation detailing their experiences of the scholarship program.

The 'Industry Placement Scholarship' program consists of a free five-day Residential Camp at UWA from the 10th-14th December and five days of 'Industry Placement'.

Tessa attended the University of the Sunshine Coast, for her industry placement, as well as spending time at the Oceans Institute at UWA whereas James was placed at InterGrain, a leading Australian crop breeding company.

As for the time the students spent at the UWA Residential camp, the students were engaged in a variety of activities at the university in the company of lecturers and PhD students and also on-site with scientists at various research organizations. Some of the organizations that the students were able to be involved with included ChemCentre, the Department of Agriculture and Food WA, Kings Park Botanical Parks and Gardens Authority, UWA Ocean Institute, Marine Futures and CSIRO.

One of the highlights of the camp according to the participants, was the opportunity to listen to, and talk with and be inspired by the Chief Scientist of WA, Professor Lyn Beazley OA. As a member of the audience and a science teacher, it was gratifying to hear how many of the students who were unclear and unsure as in what to follow as a career appeared to have found a direction in which to follow.

Mandy Webb

Below: Tessa and James with Prof Lyn Beazely