News from the University of Queensland

UQ’s Scholarships Guide is now available.  It outlines academic scholarships, scholarship application procedures and key dates for 2015. The guide includes  UQ’s sporting scholarships, equity scholarships and advises how to plan your scholarship application.  To order, contact UQ Schools Liaison on (07) 3346 9649, E: or further information:

UQ’s Accommodation Guide provides details regarding both on and off campus accommodation options for the St Lucia and Gatton campuses. The guide helps to identify your accommodation needs and outlines residential college life and associate memberships. Order a copy today! UQ Schools Liaison on (07) 3346 9649, E: or further information:

Last places available for Experience Science – register now –  School groups or individual students can register now for UQ’s Experience Science in July 2015. Experience Science is a free event which provides students in years 10 – 12 the opportunity to discover what studying science is like at UQ and how science is applied in industry and everyday life. The event is facilitated by experts from UQ and industry through a series of hands-on, interactive science workshops.

UQ's Experience Science Program image University of Qld

UQ’s Experience Science Program image University of Qld

Limited places available, so register now

 2015 Key Dates – You are invited to experience UQ at these on-campus events in 2015:

  • Careers that Shape the World – Wednesday 15 July
  • St Lucia Open Day – Sunday 2 August
  • Gatton Campus Open Day – Sunday 16 August
  • OP Results Advice Night – Monday 21 December

For information, contact: UQ Schools Liaison team, Phone: (07) 3346 9649, El:


STEM teachers: Tell us what you’re doing!

We have been inspired by the upswell of STEM initiatives taking place in our high schools around the country.  So many schools are going beyond the curriculum to inspire and encourage STEM skills in their students. Please let us know what your school is doing! Click here to let us know what’s happening at your school.

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Science 50:50 Competition Now Open

Teachers, please encourage your Year 12 girls to share their ideas with us.

We are offering $4000 prizes to five young women who share the most innovative solutions to real-world problems.

We will also be offering five runners-up the chance to join our 50:50 mentorship and industry immersion program if they enrol at UNSW.

More info:

Science Info Day

Thursday 23 July 9:00am – UNSW Kensington Campus

Details: This full-day activity is designed to give high school students a taste of university life as part of UNSW Science. Our Science Schools will offer activities and lectures to help students determine what area of science may be right for them

Learn more and register here

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Meet NYSF Alumnus Jason Borg (NYSF 2010)

Jason Borg attended the NYSF in Canberra in 2010 and National Youth Science Week (NYSW) in Pretoria, South Africa later that same year.

Since then he has graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Science, majoring in biology. He completed his Honours year in the University of Sydney’s Evolutionary and Ecological Physiology Lab looking at whether different behavioural phenotypes determine movement in thermally variable environments. He graduated earlier this year with First Class (Class I) Honours.

I always saw science as being a part of my future career

Jason decided to put research aside for the time being to pursue his passion for teaching and is currently undertaking a Masters of Teaching (Secondary) in Science also at the University of Sydney. “I loved my undergraduate science degree and all the fieldwork opportunities it provided but I figured I would follow my passion for both research and teaching so that I would have no future regrets, having dabbled in one and not the other. I always saw science as being a part of my future career and this way it always will be. I always have the option of completing my PhD in the future but for now teaching is where I want to be. There’s a need for more STEM teachers and students in schools so my goal is to instil the same zest and passion for science in future students that my teachers and NYSF did for me. I will definitely try to promote NYSF to any future students and all school aged students I meet. As cliché as it may sounds NYSF and NYSW was home to some of my fondest life experiences to date.”

My goal is to instil the same zest and passion for science in future students that my teachers and NYSF did for me

Jason is now completing the final one and a half years of his Masters degree, with his first school practical experience in August of this year.