10 July 2012
The potential of three University of the Sunshine Coast engineering students has been recognised by the Queensland Resources Council (QRC) which has awarded them each a $1,000 bursary and entry into an exclusive professional development program.
Civil Engineering students Sam Fitzpatrick, 24, of Buderim and Clarissa Campbell, 22, of Caboolture, along with Mechanical Engineering student Lachlan Robbins, 18, of Peregian Beach, received their awards at a special function in Brisbane recently.
The trio was among 100 Queensland students to receive bursaries and entry into the Students for the Future program, which includes networking events, workshops, work site visits and professional development sessions.
USC Professor of Engineering Mark Porter said the Students for the Future program was a new initiative of QRC designed to support prospective engineers and scientists to help meet the industry’s future workforce requirements.
It is only available to first-year engineering and science students who have maintained a Grade Point Average of 5 or higher.
“Engineering is a highly attractive career path and the awards show that our students are comparable to the best in the State,” Professor Porter said.
“The program gives students the chance to further explore their chosen careers and get wider experience in the engineering, science and resources industry.”
Lachlan, Sam and Clarissa said they were delighted to receive the bursaries and were looking forward to participating in the program to learn about potential job prospects in the diverse resources sector.
— Michelle Widdicombe