The Professor Harry Messel International Science School is a visionary science event for academically talented high school students. Held every two years, it involves 140 top students from Australia, China, Japan, India, New Zealand, Singapore, Thailand, the USA and the UK who fly to Sydney for an unforgettable fortnight of science. Each day the ISS features talks by leading research scientists from Australia and overseas, while beyond the lecture theatres the students will have the chance to explore real research labs, get their hands dirty on a wide range of experiments and activities, and meet a hoard of like-minded science-mad students from all over the world.
Five Scholarships are reserved for talented year 12 UK students and applicants must be studying AS Physics, progressing to A2 Physics and intending to read for a science-related degree at university. All applicants require a letter of recommendation from their school or college and to complete a 1000 word essay on “Big Science”. Alice’s essay was on the topic of Exoplanets and her plan is to progress to the University of Manchester to study Astrophysics when she leaves College. The Scholarships cover all expenses relating to the ISS programme, including international airfares contributed by the Ogden Trust.
Principal Jayne Clarke said: ‘We were delighted and extremely proud to learn of Alice’s success in winning one of the five UK places to attend the International Science School in Sydney. This is testament to Alice’s brilliant work and her commitment to her studies and future career in Physics. We have a very strong Ogden Trust partnership locally and it’s fantastic that this opportunity is also supported by the Ogden Trust. We look forward to hearing more about this amazing experience.’
As well as the lecture series and daily tours and activities – such as a visit to the nuclear reactor at ANSTO’s Lucas Heights facility and competing in the Science and Engineering challenge – there is a packed social calendar which includes a Harbour Cruise, nightly social events and a Gala Reception in the University of Sydney’s Great Hall.
For more information visit www.sydney.edu.au/science/iss