The next Ernest Rutherford or Beatrice Tinsley might be hiding in Mt Roskill, National Party candidate Dr Parmjeet Parmar says.
Dr Parmar, currently the List MP based in Mt Roskill and a scientist herself, has recently presented awards to the top science students at Mt Roskill Grammar and Marcellin College’s end of year prize giving events.
“Encouraging Mt Roskill students to pursue a career in science is a big way I can give back to a field I’m incredibly passionate about,” Dr Parmar says.
“I know how hard you have to work to pursue a career in science, especially as a young person. You’ve got to juggle some pretty intense work demands with social commitments like time with friends and family. When you’re working on projects that can take years, sometimes it’s hard for our young scientists to see whether it’s all worthwhile.
“My clear message to students is not to give up. Be ambitious, back yourselves and know that you truly can achieve great things if you stick with it.
“We need more women in science, we need more young people coming through, so presenting these awards is my small way of helping the next generation of bright minds.
“I’d also like to congratulate the teachers and support staff at both of these great local schools, because so often we forget about the passion that they instill in our kids.
“I’m pleased that every Mt Roskill school will receive more funding under the Government’s targeted educational funding reforms, ensuring all our young people can build the foundations they need to lead a happy, successful life.
“It’s progress like this that I’ll continue to advocate for as a strong, local electorate MP for Mt Roskill.”