2015 BHP Billiton Science and Engineering Awards

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On Tuesday February 3,  I was privileged to again attend this Awards Ceremony in Melbourne. This year, five of our 2014 Year 12 graduates were named as national finalists in the 2015 BHP Billiton Research Awards. The students attended a four day Science Experience camp in Melbourne prior to the Awards event, held at Zinc, Federation Square, Melbourne and each finalist received a $250 prize. The Awards Ceremony audience was again impressed with our number of finalists. Whilst this year we didn’t win a major prize, it was great to see QASMT student Jackson Huang take out first prize, winning $4000 and a trip to compete at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in the US later this year.

The BHP Billiton Science and Engineering Awards are Australia’s most prestigious school science awards. They reward young people who have undertaken practical research projects, which demonstrate innovative approaches and thorough scientific procedures. Our students’ work in their Science Extended Essays guarantees that they will be eligible to be selected as finalists in these Awards and we have in fact had a total of 27 student finalists since QAHS first entered the Awards in 2009 – significantly more students than any other school in such a time frame.

Our 2015 Finalists (left to right):

Simon CheungEffectiveness of marine algae as biological treatments of industrial wastewater
Viboo MihinduAnalysing the Free Fatty Acid Content of Used Cooking Oil for the Production of Biodiesel
Jeenie KimEfficiency of Organoclay in Preventing Hydrocarbon Contamination of Groundwater
Joanne ParkDetermination of the Optimum Degraded Vegetable Oil in Biodiesel Production with Methanol
Patrick LeeSolid Phase Extraction of Ammonia

For further information, visit http://www.scienceawards.org.au/student_awards/

Mrs Jane Sleeman