Science talents win recognition for Fletcher student

FUTURE FOCUS: St Phillips Christian College year 12 student Shoshana Rapley is going to Canada to study science.

FUTURE FOCUS: St Phillips Christian College year 12 student Shoshana Rapley is going to Canada to study science.

A FLETCHER girl is well on her way to a career in science after being offered an opportunity to study overseas.

Shoshana Rapley, 16, of St Phillips Christian College, has been chosen as one of six Australian students to take part in an international science study program in Canada.

The year 12 student's love of science developed when she started school and her mother worked in a museum.

The exhibits piqued Shoshana's curiosity and she would ask her mother many questions about them. As she grew so did her love of science.

Recently, she has spent two weeks working at Hunter Medical Research Institute and completed her first biology subject at the University of Newcastle.

Last year she was picked to be part of National Youth Science Forum in Canberra.

The forum is a 12-day program held at Australian National University in January every year.

It incorporates lab visits, parliamentary role plays, interactive workshops and leisure activities, which help guide the students in choosing a career in a scientific field.

Shoshana studies biology and hopes to have a career in medical biology, but is also fascinated by ornithology and archaeology.

At the forum she visited medical biology labs and learnt about pathology.

After the forum, Shoshana applied for the Canadian program with the help of Rotary International.

As part of the program, she will judge the Canada Wide Science Fair and choose three Canadian students to be part of Canberra's 2015 National Youth Science Forum.

Shoshana leaves for Canada on May 9 and returns on May 26, in time for her trial Higher School Certificate exams. But she needs to raise $8000 for the trip to Canada.

■ To support Shoshana email Helen Baber at helen.baber@spcc.nsw.edu.au or phone 0404 256 493.

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