South West scientists up for top prize

THE hunt is underway for Australia’s top scientists, innovators and science, technology, engineering and maths teachers, and people in the South West are being encouraged to step forward.

Forrest MP Nola Marino is urging members of the community to nominate local scientists, innovators and teachers for the Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science.

“There is a lot of great work being done in the South West to inspire our future generations to choose a STEM path and career,” she said.

“I look forward to the Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science and know that those in the scientific, educational and innovative South West community will be strong contenders.” Award winners will share in $750,000 worth of prizes in seven categories including two, which recognise excellence in science teaching in primary and secondary schools.

Last year’s recipient Professor Jenny Graves AO was recognised for her pioneering research into mammalian genome organisation and evolution, which will help to progress understanding X and Y chromosomes, ou immune system, and the hu man brain.

Guidelines for the Excel lence in Science Teachin prizes have been broadene this year to include mat ematics and technolo teachers for the first time, well as part-time teachers.

“These awards recognis the extraordinary contrib tion that Australia’s scientis and teachers make to our na tion, not only through their world-leading research bu also as role models for you people considering careers in science, technology, engineering or mathematics Mrs Marino said.

Nominations are no open for this year’s awards For more information visit

Source: Bunbury Mail.