Internship in University of Newcastle
Colendrino, Lazarte of Science Hold Internship in UoN, Australia
Krystel Claire G. Colendrino and Ivan Alex P. Lazarte of the College of Science, University of Santo Tomas, hold their internship in the University of Newcastle (UoN), Australia under the supervision of Dr. John Holdsworth, a senior lecturer at UoN and the former Asst. Dean of Teaching and Learning, Faculty of Science and Technology, UoN, New South Wales (NSW), Australia.
The internship is an offshoot of the Memorandum of Understanding signed in November 2013. It can be recalled that Bronwyn Bloxham, the Project and International Officer of the Callaghan Campus of UoN hinted the possibility of April-May internships for UST students to work with the faculty members of UoN which would allow the use of their laboratories for the development of the students’ research skills. This is in consonance with one of the objectives of the MOU which is to promote cooperation through exchange programs for study, research, and research training.
In a 2 ½-month internship program, Colendrino and Lazarte are hopeful that they will learn enough knowledge and skills related to their thesis topic. Colendrino is currently working on “eight lasers” and see how the power changes when some parameters are changed while Lazarte is focused on “imaging”.
Since their arrival on April 25, 2014, they have been very busy orienting themselves in the new environment and working in the laboratory as well as reading literatures pertinent to their topic. They went around the campus for this purpose. Safety fire/earthquake precautions and guidelines on the use of the laboratory were provided. For their output, they were required to have their paper presented among Physics researchers who are Masters and PhD students.
On April 28, 2014, they received a warm welcome from Consul General Anne Jalando-on Louis and Consul Marford Angeles during the courtesy call at the Philippine Consulate General in Sydney. Lazarte and Colendrino were informed of the science centers in NSW and encouraged to visit them. They were likewise encouraged to maximize the opportunity they have in order to learn and use their knowledge and skills for the benefit of the Philippines.
Lazarte and Colendrino are both third year B.S. Applied Physics students major in Instrumentation. The internship ends on the 3rd of July.