Merrylands student to attend elite science forum

Mymy Tran has been sponsored by the Rotary Club of Holroyd to attend an elite, 12-day science forum in Perth.

The year 11 student (pictured) from Cerdon College, Merrylands will be among 150 to visit a Perth desalination plant and planetarium during the National Youth Science Forum, which provides senior students with an insight into possible science careers.

Miss Tran's keen interest in science extends to physics, chemistry and biology though she will be assigned to only one field during the forum.

"My favourite right now is probably physics because it's very practical," she said.

"I find that it's very applicable to the world today, but I love chemistry as well."

Miss Tran was chosen from more than 2000 applicants to attend the Perth session of the forum at The University of Western Australia from January 6 to 18. Two other sessions are held in Canberra, with only 400 students from across Australia selected each year to attend.

Miss Tran said she would like to pursue a career in nanomedicine which involves research in developing new medicines and ways to treat people with new technologies.

She said she expected the forum would be full-on, combining discussions, lab visits and social activities.

‘‘I’ve heard that there’s going to be a lot of lab visits and meeting new people, professors and scientists,’’ she said.

‘‘That will be pretty fun — just experiencing all that science has to offer. I want to see beyond the classroom and see what else there is in science.’’

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