Friday, 28 May 2021

The University of Queensland recently invited the brightest and most promising Biology students in Years 11 and 12 to apply for a place at the 2021 Queensland Biology Winter School. This program involves lectures from university researchers and practical workshops on cutting edge biological techniques. The competitive application process involved a letter of recommendation from the student’s teacher, a copy of recent academic grades and a personal statement from the student. 200 applications were received from around Queensland and Hills College Year 11 Biology student, Beth Newbery was one of the lucky few to be selected as a participant. Beth is looking forward to an intensive immersion in all things biological over two days in the July holidays. She will hear about research into the coevolution of moths and orchids, attend a live snake handling demonstration, carry out DNA extractions and polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and attend career guidance sessions from UQ’s lecturers. We are sure Beth’s biology skills will flourish during this program and this opportunity will certainly help her towards her chosen career in the biological and health sciences.