Stu­dent granted schol­ar­ship with heart

South Waikato News - - Education - LUKE KIRKEBY

Learn­ing new skills as part of a pres­ti­gious schol­ar­ship with the Heart Re­search In­sti­tute in Aus­tralia has been an eye opener for Toko­roa’s Bai­ley Mcin­tosh.

The for­mer For­est View High School stu­dent, who is study­ing med­i­cal lab­o­ra­tory sci­ence with a spe­cial­i­sa­tion in im­munol­ogy/ vi­rol­ogy and clin­i­cal chem­istry at the Auck­land Univer­sity of Tech­nol­ogy, was one of seven New Zealan­ders awarded eight-week sum­mer re­search schol­ar­ships with the Syd­ney based in­sti­tute.

By us­ing money fundraised by New Zealand donors, the aim was to al­low New Zealand stu­dents to gain skills and knowl­edge which could then be ap­plied back in New Zealand.

Mcin­tosh said it all started when she saw the schol­ar­ship ad­ver­tised on Seek.

‘‘I thought it sounded like an awe­some op­por­tu­nity as I have al­ways wanted a ca­reer in re­search but it is a dif­fi­cult field to get into here,’’ she said.

Dur­ing her Aus­tralian stint she said she was able to see the dif­fer­ence be­tween di­ag­nos­tic work and re­search.

‘‘The schol­ar­ship has al­lowed me to see what a re­search en­vi­ron­ment is re­ally like and taught me so many skills I haven’t learned in my di­ag­nos­tic de­gree,’’ she said.

‘‘From the new skills I learned, to the peo­ple I met, some­thing new was al­ways hap­pen­ing.’’

Mcin­tosh said she now wants to get more into re­search, par­tic­u­larly with cardiac dis­ease which is preva­lent in New Zealand..

‘‘My long term goals def­i­nitely in­clude that area. I would def­i­nitely like to con­trib­ute what­ever I can to pre­vent­ing it,’’ she said.

‘‘Im­munol­ogy re­search is also some­thing I’m very in­ter­ested in so I’ll have to wait and see which path I head down.’’

Mcin­tosh thanked all those who have been help­ing and sup­port­ing her dur­ing her stud­ies.

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Toko­roa’s Bai­ley Mcin­tosh, fourth from left, with fel­low schol­ar­ship re­cip­i­ents.

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