Summer Awards program rewards high-performing students


Twenty-four students took part in the Summer Awards program over the recent Summer break.

The awards enable high-performing students to have a ‘hands-on’ learning experience in FHMRI’s supportive research environment, working closely with supervisors to contribute to a project.  This program to build our aspiring researchers is supported by Flinders Foundation.

Bachelor of Medical Science student Stellene Vitaro (pictured), described the program as an ‘invaluable, life-changing experience’. Stellene worked with Jean Winter, looking at non-invasive diagnostic biomarkers for the detection and management of gastrointestinal cancers.

Bachelor of Medical Science student and Summer program attendee, Stellene Vitaro.

“The hands-on program really did change my perspective of research as previously I had thought it wouldn’t be for me,” said Stellene.

“The guidance and advice that I received from not only my supervisor but also from other lab citizens was a highlight. I enjoyed the ability to talk to researchers, nurses, and students which enabled me to learn about their experiences working in a collaborative research environment.”

In addition to practical techniques and skills, students were able to develop important soft skills like problem-solving.

“I was exposed to how the research lab works in real-life, which is much different from what I have done in my University courses. I had the opportunity to perform a variety of laboratory techniques under the guidance of my supervisor.”

Other projects ranged from looking at the delivery of therapeutic proteins to diseased cells, parental supply of alcohol, and exploring data with the Health Data and Clinical Trials group.

Some of the students and supervisors were able to join us for a networking morning tea, where everyone was able to share something that had surprised them about their experience and discuss where they would like to go next.

We wish all of this summer’s students all the best with their future research pathways, and look forward to delivering more successful summer programs in the future. 

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