HVN is delighted to support interns through the Pūhoro STEM Academy, with 16 students placed this past summer across Aotearoa New Zealand. The Pūhoro STEM Academy recently held a Pō Whakanui – a night of celebration to showcase the amazing work of its rangatahi and also acknowledge the support of the internship supervisors and the whānau of the rangatahi.

The event was attended by whānau, student supervisors, industry, members of the Pūhoro STEM Academy Team and HVN’s Research Operations Manager, Dr Simmon Hofstetter. The breadth of projects and experiences shared by the students highlighted the value of the internships and HVN is pleased to continue supporting this initiative.

HVN would like to recognise the work of HVN interns Alice Boyd and Ella Silk in particular. Alice’s work on ‘Pollen Fertility of Gentianella and Gentiana species and Hybrids‘ received the People’s Choice award, and Ella’s project on ‘The Future of Food Has Six Legs’ was formally commended at the event.

HVN wishes all the best for these students, and it is our hope that they continue to pursue their passion in the STEM fields.

Photographs courtesy of the Pūhoro STEM Academy.