27 February 2020

APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN FOR THE 2020 WEIZMANN INTERNATIONAL SUMMER SCHOOL, ISRAEL

Applications are now open for talented, science-oriented, Australian high school graduates of 2019 to participate in the 2020 International Summer Science Institute (ISSI), at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel.  ISSI offers a unique opportunity to experience the challenges and rewards of scientific research first hand, working with Weizmann’s top scientists, as well as learning more about life in Israel today.  Scholarships to attend ISSI are funded by the Trawalla Foundation, the Garvan-Weizmann Partnership and Greg and Anne Rosshandler.

Each year, since 1969, around 80 highly talented science students from around the world gather together to spend almost a month at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel for the ISSI. This year the program will be from 7-31 July 2020. Applications close 31 March 2020. Also see the flyer here.

You could find yourself working on a strategy to eradicate cancer cells, studying surfaces using scanning tunnelling microscopy, learning about how semiconductors behave, or designing a computer program to simulate neurotransmitter release. The opportunities are vast. This intense program offers the opportunity to taste the realities of research through hands-on experience.

Costs are covered by scholarships for each of the successful applicants. Selection is on a competitive basis and applicants must submit an essay about themselves, along with their academic transcript.  An excellent academic record, particularly in science, and aspirations for a career in science are major criteria in the selection process.

The first few weeks are spent working in Weizmann laboratories. Participating students are assigned in small groups to work on real research projects under the supervision of Weizmann Institute scientists. The work combines the exploration of problems in the fields of biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics and computer sciences, instruction in the use of sophisticated laboratory equipment, and experimental procedures. Upon completion of laboratory work, participants give an oral presentation and submit a written report.

The final days are spent in the Judean Desert and the Negev, where expert guides lead hikes and excursions that acquaint participants with the ecological, geographical, geological, zoological and archaeological characteristics of the region. Tours of Israel are an integral part of the program as they give participants a sense of the beauty of the country and introduce them to the history and diverse culture of Israel. The schedule also allows for free time, social activities, group discussions and more. During free time participants can enjoy the extensive recreational and library facilities on campus.

Last year Caleb McKenna (University of Western Australia), Julian van Gerwen (University of Sydney) and Sai Campbell (Australian National University) were chosen. Read their experience here.

To apply and for more information contact Dr Kirsten Shteinman Email: Kirsten@weizmann.org.au

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