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Search is on for Indigenous science students

If you’re good at science (or even just like it a lot), you’re in Year 11 or 12 and you’re an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander then we want to hear from you! The search is on to find five Indigenous Australian science students who will travel to the University of Sydney to explore everything from biology to astronomy as part of the 36th Professor Harry Messel International Science School (ISS): Light & Matter running from 3-16 July 2011. Make sure you talk to your teacher and parents about getting your applications in by Friday 1 April 2011.

Indigenous science students are encouraged to attend the ISS as part of its Indigenous Scholars Program. The program is designed to encourage indigenous students to participate in the ISS, which opens up the world of science and its potential as a career to Year 11 and 12 students. There’s loads of science and social activities as well as ISS speakers including Dr Karl Kruszelnicki, astronomer Dr Fred Watson and Professor Sir John Pendry – the invisibility pioneer – just to name a few.

This is a great opportunity for students to live on campus for the two week-long duration of the ISS with 140 other like minded kids from all over Australia, Canada, China, India, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, Thailand, the UK and the USA to be taught by leading research scientists from across the world and have some fun at the same time! There five places to be won.

All expenses are covered – you just have to bring some warm clothes and your science- loving mind! We have house parents and volunteer ISS Staffies who can help you with everything from understanding science to going on a harbour cruise. So if two weeks of science, making new friends, visiting new places and challenging yourself sounds like the kind of thing you’d like to do then go the website now and download the application – get your teacher or an adult to help you. We hope to see you at the ISS in July 2011.

The ISS is a free science education program created by Professor Harry Messel in 1962, funded by the Science Foundation for Physics and held in the University of Sydney.

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