In January 2023, Theo Varvaressos (Year 12) will be attending the National Youth Science Forum to participate in a range of workshops and lectures, to develop his passion for science and build connections within the industry.
The National Youth Science Forum provides participants with the opportunity to:
- participate in tours of science and technology facilities,
- learn about cutting-edge research,
- engage with industry partners and research providers,
- learn about university and STEM career pathways,
- mix with other like-minded students from all over Australia, and
- network with former NYSF participants to further increase their understanding of STEM-related study and career experiences.
Theo went through a rigorous multi-stage interview process to be accepted to attend this program, including an extensive written application, and three presentations to a panel of scientists, one on his topic of choice: genetically modified crops.
He chose to discuss the debate and history in this field of science as he “has an interest in genetics and GMOs and believes that if they are used correctly they have immense potential to benefit the world in both medical and agricultural applications.”
Theo aims to study either psychology or medical science at university, and believes this program will assist him to learn more about these career paths and potentially expose him to other careers in STEM he had not yet considered.
Theo is also looking forward to meeting students from other schools with similar interests in STEM.
We are incredibly proud of Theo for being accepted into this competitive program and look forward to hearing about his experience in Term 1.