High School students experience a day in the life at Murdoch

August 19, 2014

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Ever wondered what it would be like to take a walk on the wild side, look into your brain or go behind surgery doors?

Six Methodist Ladies College (MLC) students recently got the chance to do just that thanks to the generous support of three Murdoch researchers that facilitated ‘a day in the life’ experiences.

With the support of the University’s Chancellor, David Flanagan and Provost Professor Ann Capling, three half day hands-on experiences were developed as prizes for a recent MLC gala fundraiser.

Students started their day on campus at a welcome lunch with Professor Capling before meeting their mentors and starting their exciting afternoons.

“Our mission at Murdoch is to instil in our students and future students a passion for learning and discovery and this is what these wonderful experiences were all about,” Professor Capling said.

“Students were treated to a sneak peak of what Murdoch and indeed university and higher education is all about. From learning and teaching to research and community engagement, they were able to see and experience the importance of lifelong learning and how research shapes the world we live in.”

In the School of Psychology and Exercise Sciences, students were treated to a ‘look into your brain’ with Associate Professor Corinne Reid at the Project KIDS research centre. Each student had their own brain recordings taken and tried the Project KIDS games to understand how typical and atypical brain development works, in addition to a tour of the centre and the chance to ask Dr Reid questions about her research.

Behind surgery doors’, students met veterinarians, residents in training and staff during a tour of the hospital that showed them the diversity of the profession across species. They observed a live surgery in action, and even got to do the rounds with inpatients recovering from treatment under the expert guidance of Professor Giselle Hosgood, an expert in small animal surgery.

In the third and final experience ‘take a walk on the wild side’, two lucky students spent half a day with Dr Kris Warren, an expert in wildlife and conservation medicine. Their visit took them to the College of Veterinary Medicine teaching facility at Perth Zoo to learn how vet students are taught wildlife medicine in collaboration with zoo staff, and for a special insight into Dr Warren’s research into WA’s endangered black cockatoos.

“Our hope is that by providing school students with an opportunity to experience what university student life is like, they will want to continue their studies after high school,” Professor Capling said.

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