The 2024 Perkins Profs School Holiday Program at Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research 

July 8, 2024

Empowering Future Scientists Through Hands-On STEM Education 

The Foundation is committed to fostering STEM education and career exploration, including in medical research and especially for those students who may miss out on enrichment opportunities.  It also strives to raise educational aspirations. 

That’s why, in the July 2024 West Australian school holidays, we supported 16 students from low socio-economic index (SEI) schools to attend the Perkins Profs Intensive Program School Holiday Program at the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research in Nedlands.  

This partnership, now in its 8th year, provides an opportunity for students to immerse themselves in a STEM environment, offering real-life lab contexts that extend beyond the traditional classroom setting. Throughout the week-long program, participants engaged in hands-on medical research techniques and had the unique chance to interact with researchers, bioengineers, and science undergraduates. These interactions provided students with insights into various study pathways and potential career options in medical research. 

The Program’s curriculum is designed to bridge the gap between theoretical knowledge and practical application. Students participated in a series of specially designed activities that not only enhanced their understanding of medical research but also ignited their passion for STEM. From conducting experiments in state-of-the-art laboratories to attending seminars led by seasoned researchers, the Program ensured that students gained a comprehensive understanding of what a career in medical research entails. 

‘’I got to see people who have careers in medical science and get to know their experience, it made me more aware of what is required, so I want to make sure I study to get a high ATAR and have a career in medicine.’’ 

The ongoing Perkins Profs Intensive Program highlights the power of collaboration between educational institutions and research organisations.  By providing students access to less conventional experiences, in partnership with the Foundation, the Program is helping to level the playing field and create opportunities for all students, regardless of their socio-economic background. 

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