Mentoring young scientists of future

Western Sydney University students have been matched with mentors from Sydney Water as part of an innovative Women in Science and Engineering(WiSE) program.
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Glenbrook resident Sandra Gamble, a member of Sydney Water’s executive in charge of corporate strategic functions,is mentoring Nikki Sperinck, a Bachelor of Science undergraduate at the WSU Parramatta campus.

The WiSE program has operated for three months and was created because engineering and science professions have a high turnover of women. Statistics also show many female students do not end up working in the engineering or science fields once they leave university.

Ms Gamble hasa Bachelor of Engineering (electrical) with honours and a Master of Business Administration.

“My main advice to Nikki was that there is a world of opportunity waiting for her. I encouraged her to figure out the possibility she wants for herself and then make it happen,” she said.

Show of support: Sandra Gamble, a member of Sydney Water’s executive in charge of corporate strategic functions, is mentoring university student Nikki Sperinck.

“I have been able to create an opportunity for Nikki to talk with people who have made science their career in a number of different ways, and for these people to become personal contacts.”

Ms Sperinck saidtheprogram hadhelped her understand how science fits into a corporate setting and was useful for networking with established scientists and engineers and seeing their lab techniques.

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