This sentiment is common among participants of the Dr. Bessie F. Lawrence International Summer Science Institute (ISSI) for high school graduates at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel.
Held in July each year, ISSI brings up to 80 talented students from around the world to experience the challenges and rewards of scientific research and to learn more about the Weizmann Institute of Science and life in Israel today. During the month-long program, students conduct and report on real scientific experiments, attend lectures from senior researchers on cutting edge research as well as explore Israel’s diverse ecosphere, its wildlife and amazing archaeology tours.
Projects are offered in the fields of physics, chemistry, biology, biochemistry, molecular biology, mathematics and computer science as well as more specialised areas such as bioinformatics, neurobiology, artificial intelligence and many more. After the lab work is over, the students present their own work, in writing and orally.
In addition to the scientific and social life on campus, the students spend a week in the Judean and Negev Deserts, where expert guides introduce them to Israel’s unique ecosystem and wildlife and lead hikes and excursions through its millennia of history and archaeology.
In partnership with visionary philanthropists, Weizmann Australia sponsors students from around Australia for ISSI each year. The sponsorship includes full program fees, accommodation and board as well as travel to and from Israel, all to a total of $10,000. Philanthropic partners include the Trawalla Foundation, Garvan-Weizmann Partnership, Ross Handler Foundation as well as private individuals. Students who are selected are exceptional in their achievements and passion for science and have graduated from high school the previous year.
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“I am so grateful to have been able to attend the 2015 Weizmann ISSI. Being able to do research, to meet and form close connections with like-minded people from around the world, and visit such a beautiful country, was all just as amazing as I had been told. We were all quite close to tears on the last day. I am sure that I will return to Israel and to Weizmann, and that the connections we all made (and the love of science!) will remain strong as we go through university. It was an incredible month.”
Adele Jackson who recently completed her science degree (PhB) at Australian National University and has been offered PhD placements at Harvard, Stanford and MIT)
“I will always think of the Weizmann Institute as a home. It is a home where passion for science and learning transcends all boundaries, where even the world’s fiercest intellects will accept you as their equal, and will pass their knowledge on to you with genuine passion and enthusiasm. I am certain that in the future I will return to this home, and travel once again in Israel. During my month-long stay I could only scratch the surface of a country that is geographically stunning, socially complex, and dripping in history. The ISSI has already changed the course of my life, and I wait with excitement to see how it will change me in the future. “
2019 ISSI student, Julian van Gerwan
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