Young leader wins CareerTrackers award

Young leader wins CareerTrackers award

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March 2016

Kristy Meiselbach CareerTrackers intern
CareerTrackers intern Ms Kristy Meiselbach with her
2016 Project of the Year award.

Institute intern Ms Kristy Meiselbach, and her supervisor Dr Tracy Putoczki, recently won the 2016 Project of the Year at the 6th annual CareerTrackers gala awards dinner in Sydney.

Ms Meiselbach was one of five Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students who spent their summer university break interning at the institute as part of the CareerTrackers program.

CareerTrackers internships

CareerTrackers is a national non-profit organisation offering internships for Indigenous university students and linking them with work experience opportunities in their field.

Ms Meiselbach is now pursuing honours research into pancreatic cancer under the supervision of Dr Putoczki and Associate Professor Peter Gibbs.

Dr Tracy Putoczki
Inflammation division laboratory head and honours
reserach supervisor, Dr Tracy Putoczki.

Getting involved in institute life

Contributing to other aspects of the institute’s work, Ms Meiselbach is also giving talks to visiting Indigenous school students and is a member of the institute’s Reconciliation Committee as well as the Science in Australia Gender Equity project team.

A life-changing experience

Ms Meiselbach said her experience at the institute through the CareerTrackers program was life-changing.

“I’m excited about my next chapter here and seeing where that takes me.”

“Winning the award with Tracy was just icing on the cake for what has been an unbelievable experience,” Ms Meiselbach said. “I’m excited about my next chapter here and seeing where that takes me.”

Nurturing our future leaders

Diversity and Inclusion Manager Ms Louise Johansson said the CareerTrackers program was important to the institute and the future of Australia’s scientific workforce.

“We’re committed to increasing and nurturing the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander research leaders of the future," Ms Johansson said.

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