Young stu­dents shadow re­searchers at the Univer­sity of Malta

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Dur­ing the sum­mer months, a group of sec­ondary school stu­dents who had par­tic­i­pated in the Malta Ju­nior Sci­ence Olympiad were awarded with sum­mer in­tern­ships at the Univer­sity of Malta’s Fac­ulty of Sci­ence and the In­sti­tute of Space Sciences and As­tron­omy. The stu­dents were as­so­ci­ated with re­search groups and worked on a wide range of in­ter­est­ing projects un­der the su­per­vi­sion of re­searchers and other aca­demic mem­bers of staff. The stu­dent projects con­cerned a range of top­ics from the world of the very small to the vast­ness of the uni­verse. They were able to de­ter­mine the amount of days for one so­lar revo­lu­tion, ob­serve plant sam­ples un­der the mi­cro­scope as well as ma­nip­u­late ap­pa­ra­tus in the Elec­tro­mag­net­ics Lab­o­ra­tory, to sta­tis­ti­cally an­a­lyse data, etc.

The Univer­sity of Malta’s Fac­ulty of Sci­ence, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Direc­torate Learn­ing and As­sess­ment Pro­grammes, Min­istry for Ed­u­ca­tion and Em­ploy­ment, re­cently held the con­clud­ing event for the Go4Re­search stu­dent in­tern­ship pro­gramme in the Au­di­to­rium of the Univer­sity of Malta’s Val­letta Cam­pus.

The group of 19 stu­dents who com­pleted the in­tern­ship pro­gramme at­tended the con­clud­ing event and re­ceived cer­tifi­cates of par­tic­i­pa­tion from the Univer­sity of Malta pro-rec­tor for Re­search and Knowl­edge Trans­fer, Pro­fes­sor Saviour Zam­mit. They also pre­pared and ex­hib­ited posters about their projects.

Pro­fes­sor Sam­mut in­tro­duced the event and gave a short mes­sage wherein he stressed the im­pend­ing need for more sci­en­tists. He also stated that the Fac­ulty of Sci­ence re­search out­put has been in­creas­ing ex­po­nen­tially over the past years, even more so fol­low­ing a con­sid­er­able up­grade in its re­search fa­cil­i­ties de­riv­ing from Euro­pean Re­gional De­vel­op­ment Funds. How­ever, more space and fa­cil­i­ties are needed to ac­com­mo­date the in­creas­ing num­ber of stu­dents, es­pe­cially re­search Masters and PhDs as well as post­doc­toral re­searchers.

Ian Mif­sud, di­rec­tor gen­eral DQSE, was present on be­half of Evarist Bar­tolo, Min­is­ter for Ed­u­ca­tion and Em­ploy­ment, and gave a short speech fo­cus­ing on the im­por­tance of life­long learn­ing and the value of bridg­ing the gap in our ed­u­ca­tional sys­tems. He also ex­pressed the min­istry’s sup- port and en­thu­si­asm for the Go4re­search ini­tia­tive and praised the ex­cel­lent co­op­er­a­tion and col­lab­o­ra­tion of the Min­istry with the Fac­ulty of Sci­ence.

A video clip high­light­ing the stu­dents’ ex­pe­ri­ence was shown fol­lowed by a panel dis­cus­sion in­volv­ing two stu­dents, Angie Cu­ta­jar and Matthew Curmi, along with two re­searchers, Pro­fes­sor Cris­tiana Sebu and Dr San­dro Lan­franco, who talked about the in­valu­able ex­pe­ri­ence gained. The panel was mod­er­ated by Danielle Mar­tine Far­ru­gia.

The di­rec­tor of Cur­ricu­lum Man­age­ment, Gae­tano Bugeja, con­cluded the event by speak­ing about stretch­ing the ca­pa­bil­i­ties of high achiev­ers at school and high­lighted the im­por­tance of such in­tern­ship ex­pe­ri­ences.

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