A Grade 11 student from Ardrossan Junior Senior High had a summer she'll never forget.
Hannah Bayne had the prestigious role of science researcher with the University of Alberta as part of the Women in Scholarship, Engineering, Science and Technology (WISEST) Summer Program.
Bayne was hired as a research assistant and mentored by an experienced professional at the university for the last six weeks.
“It was an excellent experience and a stepping stone, for sure, towards my goal of becoming a scientist,” she said. “To spend the summer doing research only solidified my passion for science. I’m excited to show-off the work I’ve been doing.”
Bayne worked with Mike Fleischauer, a professor of physics at the U of A and a research officer at the National Research Council’s Nanotechnology Research Centre.
Fleischauer and his team looked at ways to understand and improve the performance of lithium-ion batteries in harsh environments. Bayne’s work mainly focused on improving the temperature control system and investigating how materials within the battery change with temperature.
“Having the chance to see what goes into designing, conducting and presenting an experiment was fascinating and will help build a foundation for the rest of my educational journey.”
To conclude the summer, Bayne presented her research findings at WISEST Celebration of Research, where family, friends, dignitaries and the public shared results of the program.