International Exchange for Downs Student Scientist

Senior Sergeant Ewen Taylor with Griffith Forensic Science/ Criminology and Criminal Justice student Tim O'Dea.

An early childhood relocation from Brisbane to the Darling Downs has had a pivotal influence on 21-year-old, Griffith University student Tim O’Dea.

The Millmerran and Pittsworth State High School graduate has maintained numerous friendships and remains grateful for the highly supportive, community orientated upbringing he had.

As a forensic science student he’s now poised for global study opportunities, embarking on an international exchange program to the United Kingdom.

O’Dea will spend six months with Plymouth University in England’s south-west, under a partnership scheme to further his academic studies as part of a Forensic Science/Criminology and Criminal Justice double degree.

Although ecstatic at this prospect, his departure means he’ll miss the opportunity to attend the inaugural ‘Future-proof your career, The Griffith STEM Roadshow’ to be held at Toowoomba’s Cobb and Co Museum on Thursday 20 July.

“It would have been great to come back to the region and instil my passion for forensic science among Darling Downs school leavers,” confirmed Tim.

“Griffith University, through its ‘Go Global’ program provides these sorts of opportunities to study abroad which will look great on my CV and no doubt provide an industry edge after I graduate.

“When I left school I didn’t really know what I wanted to do, so I took some time out to reflect. Eventually I realised there were opportunities to combine my passion for the work undertaken by the Queensland Police Service (QPS) with a long-held love of science.

“In fact some of the science degree programs offered at Griffith are mandatory for scientific officers within the QPS so that made my decision to study here so much easier.

“Ensuring students maximise their networking opportunities with key industries is something Griffith is very supportive of, plus their unique criminology/criminal justice program is world renowned, so I know I’m not short-changing myself within my studied programs.”

Forensic science student Tim O’Dea with Queensland Police Service Senior Sergeant Ewen Taylor from the Hendra Scenes of Crime.

Despite a demanding study schedule, Tim has consistently involved himself in extra-curricular activities that will also further his career aspirations within the QPS.

He is the former social director and current President of the Griffith University Forensic Science Society.

“I organised a guest speaker night last year and managed to successfully recruit the lead forensic investigator on the Alison Baden-Clay murder case to talk to our members. This was a major highlight of my Griffith experience to date,” added Tim.

“I’ve really enjoyed the industry professionals who are all so giving of their time and happy to come on board as guest lecturers across the various program courses.

“There are a plethora of professional development opportunities presented to students and I genuinely believe they’ll give me a better chance of employment upon graduation.

“For current school leavers unsure about where they want to direct their future, I’d suggest by simply following your passion will always get you to where you want to be. And if that’s in science you couldn’t ask for a better place to study than at Griffith University.”

‘Future-proof your career, The Griffith STEM Roadshow’ visits Ipswich (Thur 13 July), Lismore (Wed 19 July), Toowoomba (Thur 20 July), Cairns (Tues 1 Aug), Rockhampton (Wed 16 Aug) and Mackay (Thur 17 Aug).

Research and teaching academics who have ties to each of the regions will be available to discuss the multitude of degree program study options available, and highlight some of the many achievements and milestones of Griffith Science students.