ISS Indigenous Science Scholar wins Leadership Award

14 July 2011

Joelene Puntoriero from Noonamah near Humpty Doo, Northern Territory, has been awarded the coveted Mulpha Leadership Award. Joelene was selected from 150 of the world's top secondary school science students who are currently attending the 36th Professor Harry Messel International Science School (ISS) - Light and Matter being held in the School of Physics.

Mr Greg Dyer with Joelene Puntoriero
Mr Greg Dyer with Joelene Puntoriero

Mulpha Australia who donated $1million to the free science education program, inaugurated the Award in 2004, stating it should be presented to the ISS scholar who has shown not only a good understanding of and ability in science but who has also shown diplomacy across all cultures and who is able to bring people together.

Mulpha's Chief Financial Officer, Mr Greg Dyer, presented Joelene with the Award at a special University of Sydney ISS Gala Reception held on 13 July. Joelene's citation read: 'Joelene has been selected for her warmth, grace and poise, inclusive nature, working well with others, quietly confident style of leadership and for rising to the occasion and engaging with others.' A student at Taminmin College in Humpty Doo, Joelene said she was 'surprised and delighted' to win the award.

Joelene is one of eight Indigenous Science Scholars at the ISS2011. The Year 11 and 12 students earned their places at the science education program through academic performance, interviews and essays, and have explored everything from photonics to particle physics to astronomy and beyond as part of the renowned free science education program which is funded by the Science Foundation for Physics and run in the School of Physics, the University of Sydney.

The ISS honours excellence in outstanding science students and aims to encourage the talented scholars to pursue careers in all areas of science. The scholars are very excited about being awarded the scholarships and are enjoying spending their two weeks on the University of Sydney's beautiful campus, learning about the diversity of science while making new friends from different cultures and countries.

The ISS scholars attend from all over Australia, China, India, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Thailand, the UK and the USA and have taken part in a variety of science activities and challenges, all planned to honour excellence in these talented students and help them to realise their full scientific potential.

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