Having operated since 1984 the program enables Year 11 and 12 students to experience a wide variety of science in labs on university campuses and in other research or science-driven industry environments.
The program selects around 450 students from around 2000 applicants each year who are invited to attend a 12 day science immersion program in Canberra or Perth, followed by a 3-day ‘Next Step’ program at universities nationally.
“The program is a fabulous opportunity for students unsure of their scientific career pathway, to gain further insight into a range of options right across the science spectrum,” said Sandra Meek, National Youth Science Program Associate Director Operations.
“The benefits they receive in terms of hands-on experience through the various workshops and the interaction with prominent scientists are second to none.”
Her sentiment was echoed by past NYSP participant Gihan Hapuarachchi who is now a first year Bachelor of Medical Science student at Griffith’s Nathan campus.
“The program was a great experience for me and was instrumental in mentoring me during my decision-making process for my medical degree,” he said.
“It also gave me the confidence to apply for a scholarship at Griffith, which I was then successful in achieving.”