A group of 26 students from Ivanhoe Girls’ Grammar School have fundraised to create the school’s inaugural Early Career Ovarian Cancer Research Travel Award, which has been awarded to Hudson Institute’s own Dr Amy Wilson.
The young women from Ivanhoe Grammar devised the initiative to improve prevention and treatment of ovarian cancer by fostering the career of a promising early career researcher.
The students established the award through fundraising and a student-led selection panel was responsible for reviewing the applications and selecting the successful applicant.
Four students and two teachers from Ivanhoe Grammar presented Dr Wilson with the award at Hudson Institute on Tuesday, 15 October. After the presentation, Dr Wilson took the young women on a tour of the Hudson Institute labs.
The grant will allow Dr Wilson to attend the The Epithelio-Mesenchymal Transition International Association (TEMTIA) conference in Japan in
November. She will use the opportunity to present her work and meet with pioneers in the field.
Women supporting women in STEM
Dr Wilson said, “It’s amazing what young women can achieve when they’re given the opportunity. I am incredibly proud of the students from Ivanhoe Grammar for running this award and I feel privileged that they selected me.
“It’s inspirational seeing such passion for STEM and I have no doubt these young women will do big things in the future,” she said.