Two Ritchie Centre researchers have given the next generation of high school graduates a taste of life as a career scientist.
Dr Stacey Ellery and PhD student Mikee Inocencio spoke with a group of 100 year 10 to 12 students at John Monash Science School in Clayton recently.
Dr Stacey Ellery, who has recently completed her PhD in the Ritchie Centre, told students what it’s like to be an early career researcher, while PhD student Mikee Innocencio said he wanted to broaden the students’ perspective on what a university science degree can offer, by showing them videos of both scientific experiments and surgeries.
“I spoke about the subjects I did in high school, and how that led to what I did at university,” Mikee said.
“Science is not just about staring down a microscope, there is so much more that you can do.
“Research is something we’re passionate about doing. I wanted to show the students what a science degree can lead to,” he said.
Mikee said addressing the students was a way of giving back to the community by encouraging increased participation in science.
“It’s cool to speak to a group of students you might someday be working with.”