Help us celebrate our 35th year in 2018

The celebrations for the National Youth Science Forum’s (NYSF) 35th year in 2018 are well underway with many events planned to mark the occasion!

The festivities started at our Canberra Year 12 Program launch at The Australian National University (ANU) in November with a cake cutting and a heartfelt speech by an alumnus who attended our very first session in 1984, Professor Tim Senden, now the Director of the Research School of Physics and Engineering at the Australian National University (ANU).

This was quickly followed by our launch of Session B at The University of Queensland (UQ), attended by many alumni currently studying at UQ, where Provost Professor Aidan Byrne explained why he thought the NYSF would be a valuable addition to the UQ outreach programs. In 2018, two Year 12 Programs will be delivered in Canberra at the Australian National University (ANU) and a new third session in Brisbane at the University of Queensland (UQ).  Nearly 600 students will participate across the three sessions in 2018!

Our Science Teachers Program will also continue in 2018, with a session in Canberra at ANU and, for the first time, a second session also in Brisbane at UQ, catering for 80 teachers.  All of these NYSF programs are made possible through the hard work and dedication of many including our funding partners, 68 volunteer student staff, Rotary volunteers, guest speakers, lab visit providers, board members and corporate team – there are so many people involved to make the January Sessions come to fruition!

NYSF CEO Dr Damien Pearce said the 35th Anniversary looking forward to the NYSF’s 35th year celebrations.

“The 35th Anniversary celebrations allow us look at our past and reflect on the events and people who have helped shape the NYSF – from its days as the National Science Summer School (NSSS) – into the organisation it is today. It also allows us to look to our future, as we continue to evolve to meet the demands of the Australian community.”

“We encourage our alumni to participate in our events and activities and share their stories with the NYSF and other alumni. With over 11,000 alumni there are a lot of stories to tell,” Dr Pearce said.

The NYSF Year 12 Science Dinners are always a favourite event, and in 2018 we have three very distinguished and inspirational keynote speakers who have accepted the invitation to address the students.  The Session A Science Dinner keynote speaker is Professor Lyn Beazley AO FTSE, former Western Australia Chief Scientist, an eminent scientific innovator, communicator, educator, and neuroscientist. In Session B, 2017 Australian of the Year, Professor Emeritus Alan Mackay-Sim, a biomedical scientist specialising in adult stem cell research, will be speaking; and at the Session C Dinner we will hear from internationally acclaimed medical researcher and philanthropist Professor John Shine AO FAA. Professor Shine is the current CSL Chairman and was recently appointed as incoming President of the Australian Academy of Science.

And the line-up of amazing speakers will continue at our Rotary Alumni Evenings with Professor Liesl Folks, (Session A), Dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at the University at Buffalo in New York state, and an internationally recognised expert in nanotechnology and magnetism. Liesl attended the very first NYSF/NSSS session in 1984. Volcanologist, Dr Rebecca Carey, NYSF 1997 Alumna (Session B) a Senior Lecturer at the University of Tasmania, and meteorologist, Nate Byrne, NYSF 2001 Alumnus (Session C), the weather presenter on ABC TV News Breakfast.

We encourage all our alumni to ‘Save The Date’ and join us to hear from these talented scientists.

STEM Speed-dating is happening again in all three sessions in January – two in Canberra and one in Brisbane.

Students have the opportunity to “work the room” and talk to a range of people who have studied a STEM field or work in STEM-related careers.

We would love to have you and some of your colleagues along to this event to talk to students about career paths in your area. To find out more or to register, please follow the link HERE

In addition we will be featuring the stories of some of our alumni with our 35 alumni over 35 years in 35 weeks social media campaign.  Follow the NYSF Facebook Page to read about their stories, and if you are an alumni with a story to share, please contact leonie@nysf.edu.au. Our alumni are our best ambassadors!

We’ve also kept the designers at Shirty Science busy creating a special edition 35th Anniversary T-shirt.  Keep an eye on our Facebook page to find out when they’ll be available for sale.

We hope you can help us celebrate this milestone in 2018. For further information about up-coming events follow us on social media.

Facebook – /NYSFoz

Twitter – /NYSFoz

Instagram – /nysfoz

LinkedIn – National Youth Science Forum

or email Leonie at leonie@nysf.edu.au.

UQ News – What’s on at the University of Queensland

Careers in Cloud Computing

Date – Thursday 31 August 2017

Time – 2.45 – 4.30pm

Location – The Playhouse, Women’s College, University of Queensland, St Lucia

Hear an address by Teresa Carlson, Vice President of Amazon Web Services,on the future of technology and the many high-demand careers now available  in cloud computing. If you are interested in attending, see your school Guidance Counsellor/Officer. RSVP through your school to school.liaison@uq.edu.au by Friday 25 August 2017.

 

QLD Science Contest

Registrations close 9 October

The 64th Queensland Science Contest is a great opportunity for students from Prep to Year 12 to have their scientific work judged and receive over $12,000 in awards and prizes. Registrations for student entries will be open until 9 October. Judging is on Saturday 14th October.

The University of Queensland supports the prestigious “Young Scientist of the Year” Award.  For information, contact: staq@staq.qld.edu.au

 

UQ St Lucia campus tours

Tours are a great way to become familiar with the campus. If you take your tour between 6 March – 30 October 2017 you can go into the draw to win a GoPro HERO5 Black, a Red Balloon Voucher and a UQ shirt, with a total  value of $800. To book a guided tour, visit UQ’s Future Students website.

Scholarships

Looking for Scholarships for 2018? Check out the range of scholarships at UQ. Visit https://scholarships.uq.edu.au/

 

An update from the University of Queensland

There is much happening at the University of Queensland – Here is an overview of recent and upcoming events.

UQ St Lucia campus tours
This is a great way to become familiar with the campus. If you take your tour between 6 March – 30 October 2017 you can go into the draw to win a GoPro HERO5 Black, a Red Balloon Voucher and a UQ shirt, at a total value of $800.
To book a guided tour, visit UQ’s Future Students website.

Big Day In
8 June 2017
UQ is hosting the Big Day In on 8 June in the AEB Auditorium at our St Lucia campus. Join us to hear leading speakers from companies such as Microsoft, Adobe, Technology One, WiseTech Global, Tata Consultancy Services plus loads more. Tickets are $10 for students.  Book now.

Scinema

8 June 2017
SCINEMA is a celebration of the power of the moving image to tell stories about the world, how it works, and our place in it. There are hundreds of science stories to be told on screen. Festival screenings will take place across Australia, with the Brisbane screening at the Palace Barracks Cinema at Petrie Terrace. Book your tickets online.

Experience Science 2017
Register as: An individual student – individual students may register to attend on Friday 7 July.
Experience Science is a free event that 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.

Visit UQ at TSXPO
16 – 17 July 2016
The Tertiary Studies Expo is on again at the RNA Showgrounds. More than 250 representatives from universities and industry will be present and admission is FREE. Drop in and speak to UQ staff about programs, study options and exchange opportunities.


Register now for UQ Earth and Environment Day
21 July 2017 – Register as an individual.
Come and experience the applications and relevance of
geography, planning, earth sciences and environmental management, and find out about career with real world impact. For more information, visit UQ Earth and Environment Day.

 

See UQ up close  –  UQ Open Days
7th August – St Lucia Campus & 21st August – Gatton Campus
UQ Open Day is your chance to get a feel for what it’s like to be a UQ student. At our Open Day you
can speak with staff, take a campus tour and attend information sessions about studying and life at UQ.

AYAF Brisbane
3 – 7 July 2017
The Australian Youth Aerospace Forum (AYAF) is a five-day residential conference on campus at UQ which provides students in years 11 and 12 the opportunity to investigate careers and pathways in the aerospace industry. The forum showcases university and industry opportunities available to students upon completion of secondary school. Applications close Friday 26 May 2017.

 

Spinifex and snakes: women in STEM applauded
Two University of Queensland researchers have won the Queensland Women in STEM competition in recognition of their work paving the way for young women to enter science careers.

 

SPARQ-ed
June-November 2017
The SPARQ-ed Program is a unique initiative of the Translational Research Institute (TRI), the UQ Diamantina Institute (UQDI) and Queensland’s Department of Education and Training (DET) proudly bringing together quality researchers to engage with keen science students and their teachers throughout Queensland.
Spaces are still available in many programs for years 10-12.

 

 

News from the University of Queensland

Here are two of the University of Queensland latest projects…

Food Lab by Ben Milbourne

UQ is working with 2012 MasterChef finalist Ben Milbourne to produce an online series of food science resources that align with Australia’s STEM Strategy 2025 initiative and the national science curriculum.

Each episode of Food Lab by Ben Milbourne will be accompanied by supporting material and resources for teachers and students including lesson plans, student activities, experiments, investigations, discussion topics and research tasks. You can register your interest in receiving these materials at www.uq.edu.au/bens-food-lab/eform/submit/uqform-learning-resources.

Food Lab by Ben Milbourne premiered on Channel 10 on Saturday 4 February 2017. With help from some of UQ’s most engaging teachers and researchers, Ben will explain and demonstrate common scientific principles in a way that’s fun and easy to understand — through cooking! You can catch up on all episodes at www.uq.edu.au/bens-food-lab/watch-episodes

QUERY101x Question Everything: Scientific Thinking in Real Life

This is the first MOOC of its kind in Australia, designed for high school students by high school teachers, working in partnership with UQ. Do you want to know how you can apply math and science skills to real life? This course will advance your knowledge and spark enthusiasm for further study of STEM subjects. Find out more and enrol.

NYSF 2017 Session A: Partners’ Day Expo

After the Partners’ Day presentations the students gathered for the Partners’ Day Expo , where they were able to meet, chat and network with representatives of the NYSF partners.

The students were able to meet reps (and the presenters) from Lockheed Martin, IP Australia, UNSW Australia, Monash University, Melbourne University, Australian National University, University of Queensland, CSIRO, CSL, Resmed, and Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC).

The one-on-one conversations with the representatives proved to be valuable for the students – they got their questions answered and expanded their horizons in terms of career choices and opportunities.

All of the students were obsessively engaged in conversation that evening, but I managed to pull two aside for a quick chat about their thoughts on the expo.

“It encourages people to think and create change, and I’m a big advocate for creating change.”

“IP Australia really stood out for me” said Sharon Nguyen. “People are coming up with new ideas all the time, and so the work that they do at IP Australia is important because they can protect it. It encourages people to think and create change, and I’m a big advocate for creating change.”

“Before NYSF I wanted to do occupational therapy, then through talking to NYSF friends and the presenters I realized there was a whole world of opportunity and options out there that I hadn’t thought of.”

Sharon Nguyen with Matt Lee (Assistant Director of Strategic Communication, IP Australia)

As well as career choices, the conversation with the university reps in particular also illuminated life as a tertiary student. It seems as though it not only helped inform the students, but also sparked some excitement.

“Talking to all the presenters and other professionals has got me really excited to start university and the next stage of my career.”

“[Partners’ Day] made me realise how many options are out there, and it got me thinking about and considering many different universities” said Danyon Farrell.

“I’ve always wanted to do a double degree but I wasn’t sure, but after hearing the talks today it really made it obvious how valuable they are and the opportunity that they open.”

“Talking to all the presenters and other professionals has got me really excited to start university and the next stage of my career.”

One happy Danyon Farrell

By Jackson Nexhip, NYSF 2017 Session A Communications Intern and NYSF 2013 Alumnus

Update from The University of Queensland

Careers that Started in Science

Ann Damien, Bachelor of Biotechnologyann-damien-biologist-photo

“I first became interested in science when I attended the National Youth Science Forum while I was in high school. That was the first time I really saw people who were genuinely excited about science! I was hooked.

UQ’s international ranking and reputation for world-acclaimed researchers in life sciences along with excellent campus facilities placed UQ at the top of my preference list.

I now work as a New Technology Associate in the Asia-Pacific New Technologies Team (ANTT) at Cook Medical.

Biotech is an amazing field to be a part of, because the opportunities for new technologies and development are almost unlimited.”

Read more at career-profiles.science.uq.edu.au/ann-damien

 

New Program Offerings in 2017

Biomedical Science
The University of Queensland is introducing some exciting changes to its biomedical science offerings in 2017, giving greater flexibility and more choice than ever.

In addition to our flagship three-year Bachelor of Science program (majoring in Biomedical Science), UQ will offer several new ways to study biomedical science next year.

These include:

  • UQ will offer the three-year Bachelor of Biomedical Science and the four-year Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours) majoring in Biomedical Science.
  • while an honours research year was embedded in the advanced science program, honours was available as an additional year of studying following graduation for the Bachelor of Biomedical Science and Bachelor of Science programs.
  • a new dual program combination, the Bachelor of Biomedical Science/Bachelor of Science, will enable students to obtain a core background in a range of scientific disciplines and expand their scientific knowledge.

For more information about application procedures visit the future students website.

Equine and Wildlife Science – now available online
The University of Queensland has introduced an online study option for the Bachelor of Equine Science and Bachelor of Wildlife Science, so students can study wherever they are and at their own pace. There’s never been a better opportunity to access some of Australia’s top equine and wildlife specialists who will help them to realise their career ambitions.

The online program will assist students to develop advanced scientific and theoretical knowledge, while an intensive residential school at UQ’s Gatton campus will enhance practical skills in animal handling with access to the best specialist equine, wildlife and veterinary facilities in the southern hemisphere. It’s not too late to make dreams a realityand it has never been easier.

Apply to QTAC now for study in 2017: Bachelor of Equine Science – QTAC Code 787109, Bachelor of Wildlife Science – QTAC Code 787209.

For further information on these programs visit the future students website or contact enquire@science.uq.edu.au

 

masterclassUQ Create Change Masterclasses

UQ is now offering a series of online learning opportunities: Create Change Masterclasses.

These engaging and interactive classes complement the Federal Government National Innovation and Science Agenda, which highlights the need for new ideas in innovation, and new sources of growth to deliver the next age of economic prosperity for Australia.

The first three classes in the series each take around an hour to complete:

 

 

News from The University of Queensland

Future Students Contact Centre

For many future students, University can seem like a different world with a different language. The Future Student Contact Centre combines friendly service with helpful information on UQ programs, study options and applications.

Chat with us live

Our friendly student advisors are waiting to chat with you about study and life at UQ.

Visit us at www.uq.edu.au/ask.

Give us a call

Call our dedicated call centre team or book a call back for support and advice.

Phone: (07) 3346 9872

Ask us a question

Email us your query and receive helpful advice about study and life at UQ – ask@uq.edu.au

For information, contact:

Linda Edwards

Phone: (07) 3346 8196

Email: l.edwards2@uq.edu.au

Web: https://future-students.uq.edu.au/

UQL Cyberschool – Library services for secondary schools

UQL Cyberschool is a free service for secondary schools, run by The University of Queensland Library.

For Students:

  • FREE borrowing of books – Year 11 and 12 students who live in Brisbane can join the UQ Library and borrow books
  • Links to free online resources are available from our website for most senior secondary subjects:

For information, contact:

Diane Nibbs

Phone: (07) 3365 6064

Email: cyberschool@library.uq.edu.au

Web: http://www.library.uq.edu.au/schools

BrisScience

When: 11th July

Is science any use for saving species and habitat? Environmental conservation is a big challenge facing our planet. Isn’t it time to stand up and take action, rather than do more research? Why shouldn’t we just use the knowledge we already have to save threatened species?

This month we discuss the value of monitoring and information for achieving nature conservation outcomes. Is some research more useful than others, and should utility factor into decisions about research funding?

Join us as Professor Hugh Possingham, now chief scientist for the Nature Conservancy, the world’s largest conservation group, looks at how optimisation can be used as a framework to make the tough decisions.

For information, contact:

Leonie Small

Phone: (07) 3365 6455

Email: science.events@uq.edu.au

Web: https://brisscience.wordpress.com/2016/06/09/is-science-any-use-for-saving-species-and-habitat/

Experience Science – Last few places left

When: 15 July 2016

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. All workshops are held at the UQ St Lucia campus.

For information, contact:

Experience Science Team

Phone: (07) 3365 6455

Email: science.events@uq.edu.au

Web: http://www.science.uq.edu.au/expsci

UQ Geography and Environment Day

When: Friday 22 July 2016

Where can studies in geography, planning and environmental management take you?

The UQ Geography and Environment Day is designed for high school students to experience the applications and relevance of geography, planning and environmental management and see how studying these subjects can lead to a career with real world impact.

Sign up to the mailing list at the link below to be contacted when places open for the 2016 event.

For information, contact:

Science Events

Phone: (07) 3365 6455

Email: science.events@uq.edu.au

Web: https://www.gpem.uq.edu.au/geography-day

You’re invited to UQ’s Open Days in August

Your students will discover a world of exceptional opportunities at UQ’s Open Days. Students can explore the campus and world-class facilities, learn about the range of programs and courses, receive personalised advice about study options, and get a feel for how great uni life can be.

  • St Lucia – Sunday, 7 August, 9.00am – 3.00pm
  • Gatton – Sunday, 21 August, 9.30am – 3.00pm

For information, contact:

Jessica Glass

Phone: (07) 3365 1535

Email: openday@uq.edu.au

Web: https://future-students.uq.edu.au/open-day

WE Explore Engineering Regional Schools

Are you an engineer of the future? Join us at UQ St Lucia and be inspired by engineering’s possibilities!

UQ’s Women in Engineering program is thrilled to offer students living outside of Brisbane the opportunity to come to UQ St Lucia and see if engineering could be the career for you.

If you’re in year 10, 11 or 12 and love maths or science but you’re not sure how it applies to a career, this is the event not to be missed.

We will provide return transport to Brisbane from six pick-up locations – Warwick, Toowoomba, Bundaberg, Torbanlea, Maryborough and Gympie.

Please note there will be one pick-up point in each town that you will need to make your way to.

Program

Thursday 21 July 2016

You’ll arrive to UQ St Lucia by 3pm and attend Engineering Futures Evening from 4:30pm-7:00pm. Be inspired as you hear about the journeys of female engineers from:

  • Google – Anna Emmerson
  • Boeing – Rhianna Ferguson
  • Cochlear – Samantha Lichter
  • Australian Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology – Claudia Vickers

Enjoy dinner and stay overnight in either The Women’s College or Duchesne College, located within the UQ St Lucia campus.

Friday 22 July 2016

After breakfast, you’ll attend WE Explore Engineering Day from 8:15am-2:00pm and tackle three of our hands-on engineering workshops to discover why engineers are society’s problem solvers.

From rockets to programming robots to developing a prosthetic limb, you’ll get great insight into the many fields engineers work in. You’ll be able to select the workshops that interest you.

Buses will depart UQ St Lucia shortly after 2:00pm and return to the six pick-up locations. You will need to be picked up from the pick-up location by your parent/guardian.

Cost

The cost to attend WE Explore Engineering Regional Schools is $50 per person. This includes return transport to Brisbane (from pick-up locations), accommodation, meals and activities.

We do have bursaries available for students in financial need – please email us for further information.

Check out the photos from this year’s WE Explore Engineering Day and last year’s Engineering Futures Evening on our Facebook page!

For further information, please contact:

UQ Women in Engineering – we@eait.uq.edu.au

When: Thursday, 21 July, 2016 to Friday, 22 July, 2016

Where: Advanced Engineering Building, Staff House Road, UQ St Lucia

Overnight accommodation in either The Women’s College or Duchesne College, College Road, UQ St Lucia

Registrations: Register by Friday 15 July

Engineering Futures Evening

Whether the seed to study engineering was planted by a teacher, parent, family friend or someone unexpected, every journey is a little different.

If you’re in year 10, 11 or 12 and love maths or science, come along to discover if engineering could be the career for you.

Be inspired by the journeys of female engineers from Google, Boeing, Cochlear and the Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (AIBN). One of the speakers just may help you to decide your future path.

  • Anna Emmerson, Site Reliability Engineer – Google
  • Rhianna Ferguson, Avionics Engineer – Boeing
  • Samantha Lichter, New Product Industrialisation Engineer/ProcessEngineer – Cochlear
  • Claudia Vickers, Senior Research Fellow – AIBN

You’ll have the opportunity to ask questions and then over a light dinner, speak with students and industry representatives at our industry booths. Students, parents and teachers are welcome to attend.

Engineering Futures Evening for regional students

Registrations are now open!

If you live in Warwick, Toowoomba, Bundaberg or Gympie, we will be arranging transport to/from UQ St Lucia campus so you can come along to Engineering Futures Evening on Thursday 21 July, stay overnight on campus and attend WE Explore Engineering Day on Friday 22 July.

Enquiries

For further information, please contact: UQ Women in Engineering – we@eait.uq.edu.au

Next Step kicks off in Brisbane and Canberra

The National Youth Science Forum (NYSF) Next Step programs kicked off in Brisbane and Canberra in April.

“Our Next Step program aims to promote our partner organisations through laboratory and site visits in capital cities across Australia. They give the NYSF students a better understanding of the facilities available at the universities who partner with the NYSF. We also aim to show the students the kinds of jobs they can aspire to by visiting our corporate partner sites,” says NYSF Chief Executive Officer Dr Damien Pearce.

The Brisbane program visited The University of Queensland (UQ), The Edge at the State Library of Queensland, the Pharmacy Australia Centre for Excellence (PACE) at UQ, Queensland Museum and UQ Engineering.

Next Step Brisbane - Lachie Dowling

Next Step Brisbane – Lachie Dowling

Social activities allowed students to catch up with friends from the January Sessions as well as an opportunity to meet with the Brisbane chapter of the Young Scientists Australia for dinner and a trivia night.

Next Step Brisbane - Olivia Jones and Jessica Heazlett

Next Step Brisbane – Olivia Jones and Jessica Heazlett

Canberra Next Steppers visited the CSIRO Black Mountain Discovery Centre, followed by a picnic lunch in the Parliamentary Triangle before visiting the Ian Potter Foundation Technology Learning Centre. The Australian National University’s (ANU) Mount Stromlo Observatory hosted dinner with an opportunity for stargazing. Students spent their final day in lab and site visits presented at the ANU.

Next Step Canberra - L-R - Montana Coombes, Emma Croker, Adam Ehrke, Morgan Kikkawa, Sanna Wei, Kate Swann

Next Step Canberra – L-R – Montana Coombes, Emma Croker, Adam Ehrke, Morgan Kikkawa, Sanna Wei and Kate Swann

Manager of NYSF Programs Madeline Cooper says, “The NYSF experience doesn’t finish at the end of January. Next Step gives students the opportunity to continue the friendships they made on session while seeing cutting-edge research and facilities outside of Canberra. We’re so thankful to the organisations who give their time to host students during these visits. We were able to put together fantastic experiences in Brisbane and Canberra due to the generosity of these hosts, and there’s still Melbourne and Sydney to come!”

News from The University of Queensland

CSI: BrisScience – 7 March 2016

Ever wondered what Brisbane’s forensic scientists are actually working on? BrisScience has invited four of the best to cut through the hype and give us an insight into the real life world of forensic science. Register to attend this free event.

World Science Festival 20169-13 March 2016

The World Science Festival is coming to Brisbane for four days of exploring the intersection of science and art. As a major event partner, we will be hosting events featuring UQ speakers, street science, school programs and more.

Pi Day at UQ – 12 March 2016

The annual UQ/QAMT 2016 Problem Solving Competition will be held around Pi day with an optional sitting on Saturday, 12 March at UQ’s St Lucia campus. In addition to the 2-hour competition there will also be professional development provided for teachers and a free BBQ lunch.

UQ Science Virtual Careers Fair – 16 March – 23 March 2016

Are you thinking about a career in Science? UQ lecturers from a range of disciplines will be online for an hour between 4.30-5.30pm to talk to students about career options, study paths and life at UQ. For more details, and to get a copy of the chat room timetable, email us at science.events@uq.edu.au

Lui Lawrence-Rangger, NYSF Alumnus 2014 at University of Queensland

Lui Lawrence-Rangger is an NYSF alumnus (2014) who started a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Ecology, at the University of Queensland (UQ) this year.

Lui Lawrence Rangger and Sophie Noble, both NYSF students at the University of Queensland

Lui Lawrence Rangger and Sophie Noble, both NYSF students at the University of Queensland

“Coming from a class of a mere 22 students, I had always figured that moving up to university was going to be a massive lifestyle and social change. I have however been pleasantly surprised with the overall setting of UQ, and the work required of it.

Completing a major in Ecology, I had originally intended to apply for UQ because it was renowned for its environmental research programs, and it has not disappointed. A substantial amount of each of my week is taken up by practical and field work, which provides a great balance of challenging work, interesting content and real world applications to what we are learning in lectures.

UQ also has a fantastic support network

UQ also has a fantastic support network; for every problem you could think of and more, there is always someone around who can help you out, be it through peer assisted study sessions, or one-on-one advice from your lecturers at allocated time slots. And there is a massive amount of traffic on its community websites, especially around the times to submit assessments, which can be a bit challenging.

UQ did an amazing job at providing me with the options I need

UQ did an amazing job at providing me with the options I need, and the prerequisites to get where I want to go before my original attendance at the campus. The Advanced Study Programs in Science (ASPinS) has been an extremely informative part of my UQ experience, giving you personalised lectures from renowned researchers in their respective fields, as well as next year, giving valuable experience in what you are interested in pursuing – the sky is the limit. The workloads at times may be tough in comparison to high school, but so far it has been invaluable in providing the next natural step to what I want to pursue in life, and hopefully it will stay that way.

The university has massive diversity of social activities from groups, sporting clubs, and university sponsored events. One day there will be a multicultural market day set up right in the middle of the food court, the next a huge bubble soccer field arranged to use when you want. You are constantly surrounded by amazing people who are willing to help you out, whether they know you or not.

UQ also provides facilities for peer assisted study sessions for a selected slot each week, and there are plenty of groups and meet-ups which are arranged to help you with your studies, or just to enjoy uni life. There are 24/7 libraries, complete with refreshment rooms, group presentation rooms, and massive amounts of computers and desk space.

there’s always someone new and interesting

It’s extremely reassuring to know that when you come into uni each day, that there’s always someone new and interesting, who you can learn from and have a great time getting through uni life with.”