Intern learns about mozzies at MRCU

| 17/10/2017
CNS Local Life

MRCU laboratory technician Zoila Ebanks with student intern Iain Robertson

(CNS Local Life): Caymanian student Iain Robertson, who plans to pursue a career in the sciences, spent time recently as an intern at the Mosquito Research and Control Unit (MRCU). Robertson (18), a former pupil of Cayman Prep & High School, shadowed research manager Fraser Allen and laboratory technician Zoila Ebanks. He was the first student to take part in a number of restructured internship opportunities being offered by MRCU.

Robertson’s interest in mosquitoes runs in the family, as his maternal grandmother, Lucinda Cruickshank, was employed at MRCU from 1965 until 1977, stated a government press release. She worked alongside staff including laboratory technician Nellie McCoy, who is still at MRCU after almost 50 years.

Now undertaking A-levels at Strathallan School in Perthshire, Scotland, Robertson hopes to study science at either the University of St Andrews or the University of Edinburgh, both in the UK.

“We were delighted to have Iain join us and trust that the experience will help inspire him as he goes forward to study for a science career,” said Acting MRCU Director Nancy Barnard. “We live by the maxim ‘each one, teach one’ and so encourage other young Caymanians to apply for our internship opportunities to join incoming Chamber of Commerce mentee Jazmin Sanchez and two to three CIFEC interns, who will be selected shortly.”

For information on student internships at MRCU, email Ligia Whittaker 


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