National Youth Science Forum
Congratulations to the eight Year 11 PLC Sydney students who have been selected for the 2018 National Youth Science Forum (NYSF), to be held in January next year.
PLC Sydney Year 11 Students selected for the 2018 National Youth Science Forum (NYSF).
Salina Ai, Sabena Bhadri, Eleanor Lawton-Wade, Laurel Lu, Claudia McDonnell, Lucy Mo, Sherie Pan and Jennifer Xu will attend the 12-day residential program for students entering Year 12 who are passionate about Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Programs will be conducted at the Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra and for the first time at The University of Queensland (UQ).
The NYSF is a most prestigious event. Applicants must provide evidence of academic success, gain sponsorship from their local Rotary Club and face a series of rigorous selection panels. The seven PLC Sydney students who attended the 2017 Forum played a significant role in inspiring and mentoring the applicants for 2018. With approximately 600 students from across Australia and the Pacific selected to attend, we are delighted to once again have such strong representation from PLC Sydney.
The Forum introduces students to world class research and scientists. Students conduct experiments in the field and in laboratories. NYSF alumni never fail to return with a great passion for research and learning. The forum establishes lifelong networks within the scientific community, fosters strong communication and interpersonal skills and an interest in global issues.
In the words of Jade Lin (Year 12/NYSF 2017), 'Hearing from scientists such as Nobel Prize winner Brian Schmidt was just incredible. Learning about dark matter, dark energy, the expanding universe, Einstein's cosmological constant from someone so passionate, knowledgeable and accomplished was absolutely amazing. The people we met were amazingly talented and diverse; they were school captains, athletes, drama students, musicians. They were kind, comedic and genuine. Most importantly, they were people who had an awareness of the world around them and an awareness of what they wanted to do to change it.'
We wish the girls all the best when they take part in this significant and worthwhile opportunity.