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Science is a world of discovery and
that also applies to students hoping
to discover their specialty in this
expansive career space.
Year 10 students received an
exciting glimpse into the world of
Science during Term 2, courtesy
of the “Surfing Scientist” Ruben
Meerman, who graduated with a
Bachelor of Applied Science in
Physics before catching a new wave
into the school system.
Science is more than just Biology,
Chemistry or Physics. The challenge
for each student is discovering their
area of passion within Science.
That was the message from guest
speakers from the QIMR Berghofer
Medical Research Institute who
addressed RGS students from Year 10
to Year 12 during the term.
RGS Head of Science Barry
Mullane said the QIMR scientists
showed the students that the
research and testing procedures
that they follow in class are exactly
the same as those followed by
“The students also heard about
the latest research techniques and
career opportunities in research,’’ Mr
“Ruben’s talk showed real life
applications and uses of the science
that is taught in the classroom.
“His enjoyable presentation was
spoken about by our students for
Year 10 student Ama Gamayalage
loved the “interesting and cool things”
relating to Science presented by
“The part I enjoyed the most was
when he used liquid nitrogen and
a balloon to show us the amount of
carbon dioxide you breathe out and
how that carbon dioxide goes into
your body in the first place. It was
something different from what we
would do in the classroom,’’ Ama said.
The QIMR outreach programme
involved several of the Institute’s
top scientists visiting a number of
Queensland regional locations.
QIMR Indigenous Health Research
Program Communication Projects
Officer Corey Jones said the talks
allowed the students to hear the
knowledge of their scientists and to
promote career pathways.
Mr Jones said the key was to have
an open mind.
“I think a lot of opportunities can be
missed if kids think ‘this is what I need
to focus on.’ Often you don’t know
what you enjoy until you see it first
hand,’’ Mr Jones said.
“ We (scientific researchers) don’t
“Many of our researchers started
out with a general interest in Science,
but for many it’s a journey, starting
in a different field of study,’’ Mr
“Once you get into tertiary
education it’s really quite flexible and
you might be exposed to one subject
in a particular area that you really
One of the guest speakers, Dr
Severine Navarro, works in the
infectious diseases area. Severine
started her studies in medicine before
moving onto marine biology and then
Parasitology infectious diseases.
Other guest speakers included
Dr Gregory Pratt (Aboriginal & Torres
Straight Islander Health Research
Manager), Dr Grace Chojnowski
(QIMR Flow Cytometry and
Microscopy Facility), Dr Liam Town
(cancer immunisation therapies) and
Lachlan Fennell (Phd student, cancer
Among the interested audience
was RGS Year 11 student Sansuka
Sansuka has his sights set on
medical studies after school and
since Year 10 has enjoyed work
experience in hospitals, medical
clinics and research institutions.
“I determined that I would enjoy
the side of medicine that involves
interacting with patients and
diagnosing illnesses, but also would
be very interested in pioneering
cures for genetic disorders or cancer.
Currently, I am hoping to become a
clinical geneticist,’’ Sansuka said.
“The scientists made it very clear
that we are the future of scientific
research, and that our future holds
“Revolutions of today will be mere
feats within the next decades,’’
“If we look back to around 30 years
ago and compare it to today, I think
it is quite amazing what science has
done to our world.”
Year 10 student Sumeet Prasad
attended the talk to discover
more about the different types of
Sumeet has visions of becoming a
neurosurgeon after school.
“I was able to enjoy testing my
knowledge of the medical field as
well as the ability to interact with
some of Queensland’s top research
scientists,’’ Sumeet said.
“Science allows for a greater
understanding of the universe we live
in through investigative procedures
and rational thinking.”
Science uncovers new possibilities
Dr Grace Chojnowski and Lachlan Fennell discuss their areas of passion in Science.
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