Bute science pupils set for Canada trip

Nisha Middleton and Euan McGregor are the 2015 recipients of the Baird of Bute Society's Canadian science scholarship.
Nisha Middleton and Euan McGregor are the 2015 recipients of the Baird of Bute Society's Canadian science scholarship.

Two Rothesay Academy pupils will fly out to Toronto later this month to participate in the second year of the Baird of Bute Society’s Canadian Science Scholarship.

S6 pupils Nisha Middleton and Euan McGregor will spend two weeks at the University of Toronto, the Li Ka Shin Knowledge Institute and the city’s St Michael’s Hospital.

Their mentors for the fortnight will include Professor Dr Patrick Gunning, who grew up on Bute and now leads a pioneering group of scientists in seeking a cure for cancer at the University of Toronto’s Mississauga campus, and Professor Dr Hazel Markwell, who has family links to Bute through her husband Chris, the Baird of Bute Society’s founder.

The scholarship, and the Baird of Bute Society, were set up in the hope that the island’s young people would be inspired by the efforts of Bute blacksmith Andrew Blain Baird, who undertook Scotland’s first heavier-than-air powered flight in an aircraft of his own design and construction at Ettrick Bay in September 1910.

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