Young women launch into science

By Rob Clancy, staff writer

In a week of opening eyes and broadening minds, a dozen young women have fed their passion for science, thanks to Hudson Institute mentors. The Young Women in Science program has been running for several years at Hudson Institute, with 2023’s crop of students among the most eager of all.

2023 Young Women in Science students and mentors
Young Women in Stem students, Dr Fiona Cousins and Professor Elizabeth Hartland

Twelve year-10 students from Melbourne’s south-east were given the opportunity to spend a week in the lab, being shown the ropes and given some hands-on experience.

Each of them was guided by an experienced Hudson Institute scientist as they completed the 2023 program including

  • a research project
  • exposure to scientific technologies
  • career mentoring with leading female researchers.

At the end of the week each student gave a brief talk about their experiences, and with many of them the enthusiasm was overflowing.

Schools join Young Women in Science 2023

One of the most positive aspects of the week was that the group was brought together from four Secondary schools in Melbourne’s south east (Box Hill, Pakenham, Wellington and Brentwood Secondary Colleges), so most of the students were strangers on the Monday, but best mates by Friday afternoon.

Dr Fiona Cousins coordinated the week, ending it full of praise for the entire group, and encouraged for the future.

“The Young Women in Science 2023 cohort were just incredible,” Dr Cousins said. “Their passion and enthusiasm for science was clear from day one and it was an absolute pleasure having them at Hudson Institute for the week.”

“Watching them bond and become their own female support network was a highlight and I hope they continue to support each other in the years to come as they start their science careers.”

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