Love for biology takes teen to Olympiad event
Science runs through the veins of Ery Zhu.
The 17-year-old is one of the top young biologists in the country and is going to the International Biology Olympiad (IBO) held in Aarhus, Denmark, this July.
The competition is for secondary school students around the world who are winners of their respective National Biology Olympiad.
It challenges them to tackle a range of biological problems and experiments on subject matter including plants, animals and evolution. Zhu entered into a rigorous selection process, sitting three exams, studying over her summer holiday and participating in an eight-day training camp during the April school holidays, held by universities across the country. From an initial 400 people who sat the first exam, she was chosen as one of the four New Zealand representatives to head to Denmark.
This feat is not lost on the enthusiastic Avondale College student.
‘‘This is going to be a really good opportunity to meet new people and extend myself,’’ she says.
‘‘I love how much I can relate to biology, I can see what I’m learning happening around me in my life.’’
The trip is self-funded and Zhu is spending her free time tutoring and finding a part-time job to help with costs.
She is hoping to raise $5000 before July.