Murdoch Pathways to STEM receives funding to mentor more regional Year 12 students

Pathways to STEM mentors Monica Seeber, Chetan Sadhana, Chris Brown and Lee Wen Wey.
Pathways to STEM mentors Monica Seeber, Chetan Sadhana, Chris Brown and Lee Wen Wey.

MURDOCH University students are mentoring regional Year 12 pupils in mathematics, thanks to a $170,000 Federal Government grant.

The Murdoch Pathways to STEM program is providing online tutoring support to more than 50 students from 12 schools in the Great Southern, Wheatbelt and Peel regions.

The tutors are second and third year maths and statistics students who are also gaining training and teaching experience from the program.

Murdoch University Provost Professor Andrew Taggart, said the program was aimed at enhancing opportunities for regional students to go to university to undertake science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) courses.

“We want to see many more students from regional and rural areas, and low socio-economic backgrounds, studying STEM subjects at university and this program provides them with a platform to do so,” he said.

“The program is designed to help students prepare for their key assignments and exams. It will boost the number of students choosing and succeeding in mathematics in their Year 12 studies.

“It will also encourage the development of their thinking and analytical skills to prepare them for future careers in our digital world.

“Their direct contact with students at Murdoch also gives them an opportunity to learn from those who know best what campus life is like.”

Murdoch University student Chetan Sadhana is one of the tutors and said the experience had been challenging but also a lot of fun.

“Thinking back to my school days, I used to find mathematics mostly a theoretical subject,” he said.

“Doing further studies in mathematics has made me realise that it has widespread application in everyday life and in technology and science.

“This had made me passionate about mathematics and also encouraging students to pursue it.”

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