Sunday, September 11th, 2011
Benowa State High School student gains place in prestigious national science forum

Will Huntingdon from Benowa SHS has been successful in gaining selection, through a highly competitive Australia-wide search for the top science students, to attend the National Youth Science Forum: to be held in January 2012.

Recent Australian of the Year Professor Tim Flannery has hailed the National Youth Science Forum (NYSF) as: “Unique in Australia – and probably unique in the world…”

NYSF has operated successfully since 1984 – each year providing the launching pad to set hundreds of young people on a trajectory towards stellar careers in science, engineering and technology. NYSF’s 8,000 graduates are making major contributions to the advancement of science and engineering – throughout Australia – and around the globe!

Each year - with the help of Rotary Clubs and Districts across the country – we select 450 of Australia’s best and brightest students with a driving passion for science and engineering, as they are on the point of entering Year 12.

NYSF is unique in selecting for more than academic skills and achievements – giving weight to the personal and inter-personal skills that give students an edge at university and in their future careers. Those selected balance strong academic achievement with such aspects as music, visual or dramatic arts, sports and community engagement.

In January they go through one of three intensive twelve-day “immersion” programs. Two of these run at The Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra; a third at The University of Western Australia (UWA) and Curtin University in Perth.

They gain practical hands-on experience in some of the country’s top laboratories, research facilities and industrial sites – and direct mentoring contact with many of Australia’s top research scientists in action.

These open up new perspectives on science study and introduce scientific career paths and options of which the students are previously unaware.

“Each year some 450 students arrive with a passion for science and an unquenchable thirst for information,” said NYSF Director Geoff Burchfield. “As they come to grips with the diverse realities of careers in science they come through with vastly expanded horizons – a sense of where they want to be - and how they can go about getting themselves there.”

“More than 92% of our students undertake a science or engineering degree – and some 85% go on to shape a career in one or other of the countless fields of science,” Geoff concluded.

Will Huntingdon was nominated for the Forum by the Rotary Club of Broadwater Southport in Rotary District 9640. For further information on the selection of Will Huntingdon to the NYSF please contact: Will Huntingdon on 07-55390 442 / 0426 830 706 / [email protected]
or Mark Rickard, Principal of Benowa SHS 07 5582 7333 or Lynne Walsh The President of the Rotary Club of Broadwater Southport at [email protected]

For information on Will Huntingdon and others who have been selected by Rotary District 9640 please call:
Meredith Graham ph: 0421352936 / [email protected]

For information about the National Youth Science Forum please contact: NYSF Office, ph: 02 6125 2777, [email protected] or Geoffrey Burchfield, ph: 02 6125 2782, [email protected]

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National Youth Science Forum

For information about the National Youth Science Forum please contact: NYSF Office, ph: 02 6125 2777, [email protected] or Geoffrey Burchfield, ph: 02 6125 2782, [email protected]
Geoffrey Burchfield
P: 02 6125 278




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