Nanomedicine wins Sophie a Summerset scholarship

23 October 2018

Wellington High School student Sophie Mance was awarded a Summerset scholarship worth $5,000 for her presentation in this year’s Eureka! Awards, held in September. Sophie’s topic covered the impact of nanomedicine on conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and dementia. The 16-year-old says she enjoyed researching the subject and finding out how looking at something so small, like particles, and finding new ways to use them, could impact future treatment of illnesses.

“I was so excited to find out I’d won the scholarship. It was a presentation I’d put a lot of time and effort into, and to have that recognised by Summerset was amazing,” says Sophie. “Nanomedicine is a really cool topic. It can give us all sorts of tools to help people live longer and healthier lives. I think it’s important we are able to care for people who have put time and effort into developing the society we have today. Our ageing population means neurodegenerative disease could be a big problem in the future, and there are some really exciting innovations with nanomedicine to treat that,” says Sophie.

Sophie says the $5,000 award money will go toward her fees at university, where she is looking to study molecular biology or chemistry. The Eureka! Awards aim to encourage young leaders in science, technology, engineering and mathematics through researching and delivering a presentation on their chosen topic.