Bioprotection Aotearoa (BA) is proud to foster an inclusive learning environment that awhi (care and nurture) our early career researchers through broad networking opportunities. Over the summer of 2022-2023, we welcomed a total of 10 students into our summer scholarship programme. They were introduced to research through experiences in the lab and out in the field, and mentored by our BA whānau to develop their practical skills.
Our Summer Scholars presented their work in an online event to a large audience from around Aotearoa. Professor Margaret Stanley (The University of Auckland) hosted this event and says “the students all gave fascinating research talks and were clearly excited about doing science”
Margaret reflects how on how COVID reduced opportunities for this cohort to get practical skills and says “all of them had learnt a variety of new skills and were pleased to be able to spend lots of time in the field and lab. Thanks to all the supervisors, ECRs and lab groups that supported our summer students – it makes a huge difference when they feel that manaakitanga!”