MAC science student off to London

Pictured: Science student, Jaime Toepfer, from Mount Aspiring College.

Mount Aspiring College student, Jaime Toepfer, is one of five Kiwis to win a coveted Royal Society Te Apārangi scholarship to the London International Youth Science Forum (LIYSF)—a two-week residential student event held at Imperial College London and The Royal Geographical Society.

Deborah Woodhall from LIYSF said, “the panelists were most impressed with Jaime’s application as she obviously is very successful in her science studies and enjoys science immensely but she also contributes to her school and her community.”

Jaime, 17, is modest about her achievement and quite understated about the level of study she currently undertakes. “I do NCEA classics and French by correspondence and three university papers also by correspondence, plus maths, physics and level one calculus.”

Jaime says her scientific passion is physics and maths, but in regards to her future she also has an interest in law and politics.  

The scholarship also reflects well on the teaching staff at Mount Aspiring College. Jaime said that her teachers have been very influential in helping her win this scholarship. “My maths teacher, Heather Watt, has given me lots of opportunities, and my physics teacher Ewan Simpson has helped me really enjoy physics.”

In London, Jaime can look forward to opportunities to visit industrial sites, research centres, scientific institutions and organisations, including world class research institutions and laboratories such as The Royal Institution, The Tate Museum Conservation Department, UCL Hospital, the London Wetland Centre, Airbus, Rolls Royce, The Animal and Plant Health Agency, Public Health England, National Space Centre, The National Oceanography Centre, The Rothamsted Research Centre, Warwick University, University of Kent and the British Geological Survey; plus much more.

The group will also visit Oxford and Cambridge University departments, as well as University hospital departments, ​​the Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre, Wellcome Genome Campus and Oxford Brookes University.

Founded in 1959, LIYSF aims to give a deeper insight into science for the benefit of all humankind and to develop a greater understanding between young people of all nations. It’s a two-week residential student event held annually in London, which attracts 500 of the world’s leading young scientists aged 16-21 years from more than 75 participating countries.


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