During the 2022-23 summer school holidays, Year 12 student Theo Varvaressos spent two weeks surrounded by many highly-regarded scientists and like-minded students exploring the opportunities available to budding scientists post the HSC.
The experience was split up into two weeks.
Week one was online, where participants networked with industry experts and a range of different scientists such as the CEO of Lockheed Martin (an Australian defence contractor), the NSW state recipient of Australian of the Year Professor Veena Sahajwalla, and UN scientists and board members.
Week two saw participants traveling to a variety of labs specialising in computer science, quantum computing, biomedical sciences, and environmental chemistry. Participants also visited universities, a nuclear reactor, spoke with professors, attended lectures, conducted experiments, and attended a range of social events.
Theo highly recommends Year 11 students apply for this significant opportunity, as he highlights the benefits of meeting and questioning a range of scientists and doctors on their occupations and career paths. He was able to determine the day-to-day tasks for a range of professions and industries, enabling him to determine the appropriate university and degree best suited to his passions.
Theo also mentions the added benefit of a bonus ATAR point!
If you would like to learn more about the National Youth Science Forum, please see Ms Brown or Theo and we can discuss your application further.