We work in close partnership with Castlebrae Community High School to offer mentorship and internship opportunities to secondary school pupils with an interest in science and maths.
CRM–Castlebrae Community High School Mentors
Our mentoring project sees PhD students and postdoctoral scientists mentor Castlebrae Community High School senior pupils in science, technology and mathematics subjects. The project was the brainchild of Sabrine Gogolok, a past post-doctoral scientist at CRM.
Sabine Gogolok and Cathy Southworth discuss the Castlebrae High School pupil mentoring project
School Pupil Laboratory Internship
In June 2016, at the end of a visit by pupils from our neighbouring school Kelsey Wallace plucked up the courage to ask if we had any vacancies for work during the summer. Encouraged by her drive and enthusiasm the spark was lit for the beginnings of an internship programme, now offered annually by CRM to a pupil from Castlebrae Community High School.
Kelsey Wallace reflects on her internship:
"I never really liked biology until I came here. School science is so different to science at the centre; it’s more interesting and feels more relevant and real to that which we do in school. It’s made me feel more confident about what I want to do when I leave school. I’ve not decided yet but I have ideas of biochemical science or nursing, so the work here was very relevant."
"I told my classmates about the work and they all felt it was inspirational. It’s made biology easier for me, I understand it now, especially the cell work as at the centre it was so much more advanced. When I first came to the centre I felt awkward, I didn’t know what to do with myself, now I know what I’m doing, I know exactly what to do and when to do it, I feel more natural. I feel like I could go to another science building and get into it, feeling more confident."