In Summary

  • The 2018 In2science Awards recognise five Swinburne students for their mentoring work in high schools
  • Lily Martin receives ‘Impact Award’ for her work mentoring Year 9 maths students
  • In2science Awards recognise mentors in the fields of science, technology, engineering and maths

Bachelor of Science (Professional) student, Lily Martin, along with four other Swinburne students, have been recognised at the 2018 In2science Awards. The awards celebrate the outstanding achievements in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) engagement through the In2science STEM Mentoring Program.

Ms Martin was presented with the ‘Impact Award’, given to the university mentor that made the greatest impact in engaging high school students in science or maths.

Auburn High School’s Head of Science Kathryn Sobey says “I have never seen such a strong example for young women in STEM as Lily. She had our students all wanting to sign up to physics degrees in the first 10 minutes of her being in the class.”

“She modelled exemplary attitudes to maths for her students, especially the importance of a growth mindset, in addition to showing confidence, curiosity and kindness that motivated her students to do likewise,” Ms Sobey says.

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Lily Martin mentored Year 9 Maths at Auburn High School.

Ms Martin says In2science has left a profound impact on her as a science student and as a person.

“Practically, In2science provided an opportunity to improve my communication skills greatly as it taught me how to deconstruct concepts that are so familiar to me,” she says.

“Personally, In2science was just an incredible experience. It allowed me to feel like I was contributing something back into the scientific community. It also allowed me to step back from the chaos of my degree, and remember how much I love science and maths.”

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Since 2004, over 2500 volunteer In2science mentors have worked with more than 63,000 high school students across 160 schools.

In2science Chairman, The Honourable Professor John Brumby AO, presented the awards to mentors from partner universities. He spoke of the critical importance of In2science for boosting school students’ participation and achievement in science and mathematics.

Professor Brumby celebrated the expansion of In2science’s partnership with the Victorian Government in 2018 through the Strategic Partnerships and Student Mentor Grants programs.

Swinburne students were also named finalists in several categories:

  • Artemis Capa (Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/Bachelor of Science) for the ‘Dedication Award’
  • Lachlan Morris (Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) (Honours)) for the ‘Above & Beyond Award’
  • Nicholas Robinson (Bachelor of Health Science) for the ‘Role Model Award’
  • Wael Farah (PhD Astrophysics) for the ‘eMentoring Impact Award’.

Learn more about the In2science program here.