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Published 9 May 2017

Two students selected for Summer Research School, Bulgaria

Hamish Attenborough, a Year 13 student from Wakatipu High School, Queenstown and Thomas Hanson from Rangiora High School, North Canterbury have been selected by Royal Society Te Apārangi to attend the Summer Research School (SRS) in Bulgaria in July.

Organised by the Campus of American University in Blagoevgrad, the Summer Research School offers a programme for high achievers with a pronounced interest in the fields of mathematics and informatics. The students will work with scientific mentors from the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and guests from international research universities from leading programmes in the field of mathematics and informatics.

Each student will focus on a personal research topic, coming from challenging fields such as Combinatorics, Number Theory, Computing, Modelling and others. The programme includes lectures on advanced scientific problems and modern technologies, meetings with industry representatives and different academic institutions, soft skills training and discussions on important issues such as ethics in science, responsible research and innovation.

The Talented School Students Travel Award, managed by Royal Society Te Apārangi and funded by the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment, will fund 70% of the student’s registration and travel costs. This Fund supports students who have been selected to attend international science or technology events.

Both Thomas and Hamish are studying towards scholarship maths with calculus and are keen to study a science related topic at university next year.

Source: Royal Society Te Apārangi