During National Science Week, the Science Department introduced our Year 11 Cohort to student research at QAHS. Our Year 11's are now branching out to pursue focused independent scientific research through their subject Internal Assessment (IA) and the Extended Essay (EE). Staff representatives from Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Sports and Exercise Health Science (SEHS) provided tips and shared their collective experience to launch our students into their own research.
The 2 hour session transitioned from student research at QAHS to a live interview with CSIRO research Virologist and Epidemiologist, Dr Kim Halpin. The students were enthralled as Dr Halpin described her own career path and some of the work undertaken by the CSIRO on Hendra virus, Nipah virus and SARS-CoV-2. There were some wonderful themes for our students around an approach to success which rewards persistence and is not always linear. It was inspiring to hear of the great work undertaken by the CSIRO and the collaboration occurring within the scientific community around the world.
We would like to thank Dr Halpin for giving up her time to join us in an online interview in front of a live audience. We would also like to thank our two Year 11 interviewers, Lily Brown and Garlok Lu who conducted a warm, professional interview with sophisticated questions from our student audience.
Mr Paul Mitchell
HOD Science and Enrichment