Science student heading for South Africa

April 30, 2014 by Michelle Favero
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Jacob Silove, a Year 12 student at Sydney’s Emanuel School,  has been successfully selected by the National Youth Science Forum as one of eight Australians to attend the South African National Youth Science Week (NYSW).


Jacob Silcove

Jacob Silove

This opportunity will allow Jacob to meet other young, talented scientists from across South Africa and internationally, and broaden his scientific perspective.

The NYSF organisers noticed that at the January Session, Jacob displayed a passion for science, as well as strong interpersonal, teamwork, inquiry, communication and potential leadership skills.  His application for the NYSF International Program was of a very high quality, illustrating advanced thinking skills, good planning and analytical processes, as well as an understanding of the nature of the opportunity being made available in participating in the overseas programs.

“The NYSF International Program offers our students some very unique opportunities,” said NYSF Director, Damien Pearce.  “For example, the Stockholm International Youth Science Seminar includes an invitation to attend the Nobel Prize for Science Ball, and the National Youth Science Week in South Africa offers a chance to go on safari.  These are negotiated through the NYSF, and are therefore a significant recognition of the work the student has put in to date.  Jacob is to be congratulated on his achievement of being selected.”

Emanuel School Principal, Anne Hastings, said, “Jacob, who is our School Captain, is an exceptional young man whose passion for Science and Mathematics and dedication to hard work have resulted in this wonderful opportunity. To represent Australia at this level is exceptional.”

This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Jacob who said, “I am so excited to represent Australia in South Africa and be able to learn about the vast opportunities available in Science internationally. This is my first trip to South Africa and I look forward to learning about the country’s varied cultures. I would so appreciate any support given by my community, as this trip will be invaluable to my future.”

Jacob must now raise the necessary funds to cover the $10,000 costs associated with the trip.


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