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Superheroes to the rescue of chemistry students
19 Jan

USC academics have devised a cunning plan to harness the power of superheroes to help first-year Chemistry students better understand the complex concepts of the periodic table of elements.

Short course helps Tina earn PNG business award
18 Jan

An aspiring entrepreneur who boosted her business success in Papua New Guinea after completing a short course in business at USC Sunshine Coast is starting 2021 as one of PNG’s 10 most innovative producers of consumer goods.

Research weeds out problems for Coast beach dunes
14 Jan

PhD research into the plants and insects of the Sunshine Coast’s beach dunes is identifying more ways to restore and revegetate the iconic environment – without the weeds.

Bidens make USC Fraser Coast their first choice
14 Jan

While some school leavers have trouble deciding their next move after high school, it has been an easy choice for Mackenzie Biden of Hervey Bay – she is following her brother Thomas into a career as a teacher.

More than 5,600 receive offers to study at USC
14 Jan

A record number of people have received offers to begin degrees at USC in Semester 1 this year, with interest in studying at the university surging.

Back to uni helps businesswoman banish COVID déjà vu
12 Jan

While the resurgence of COVID-19 is causing deja vu for many business owners, Fiona Roberts is looking forward to “another amazing year” in 2021.

USC graduates Theo Mostert, Rees Telford and Brad Lines
Driller digs deep for career as doctor
7 Jan

A former fly in-fly out mines driller who recently graduated from USC with a Psychology degree is taking his career change even further in 2021 after getting into medicine.

Job-ready skills give Accounting graduates the edge
5 Jan

As demand for job-ready graduates grows, Accounting students at USC Fraser Coast are proving that gaining workplace experience while completing a degree can quickly add up to career success.

Malaria clinical trial
USC Clinical Trials seeks healthy volunteers for malaria study
5 Jan

USC Clinical Trials has partnered with the QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute in Brisbane to investigate whether an approved anti-malarial drug can be used more extensively to counter malaria – a disease that claims more than 400,000 lives worldwide each year.

Drive to heal wounds brings national nursing honours for PhD student
22 Dec 2020

A USC PhD candidate who is researching innovative ways to treat chronic wounds has been awarded two major national nursing awards.

Research busts mental health coping myth
21 Dec 2020

People with extreme psychological distress have exceeded the limits of their own resources, and need support from others to cope, according to new research led by USC Australia.

Govt doubles USC research block funding to $16m
18 Dec 2020

USC Australia will receive nearly $16.4 million in research block grants for 2021, under the Federal Government’s $3 billion university funding announcement.

Free USC course can open new career pathways
18 Dec 2020

With many adults reassessing their career options as 2020 draws to an end, USC is offering those looking to upskill or reskill a free course as an introduction to higher education.

Hot topics: USC list of summer holiday experts
17 Dec 2020

From new microbiological considerations at the family barbecue, to the impact of border closures on the traditional summer road trip, USC Australia has research experts available to comment to the media over the summer 2020/2021 period.

Uni ‘water battery’ cuts 4,000 tonnes in emissions
15 Dec 2020

A solar-powered ‘water battery’ that keeps an entire university campus cool has saved more than 4,232 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions in its first year of operation at the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC).

Scholarship for IT student pursuing cybersecurity career
10 Dec 2020

A USC student working towards a career as an ethical hacker has gained a prestigious $68,000 Australian Government scholarship to travel to South Korea and Singapore in 2021 to learn more about cybersecurity.

Study seeks to protect great hammerhead sharks
8 Dec 2020

A USC study into one of the ocean’s top predators – the great hammerhead shark – is seeking new insights into the impact of harvest and export levels on the declining species.

Courtney turns childhood inspiration into career
7 Dec 2020

A career change inspired by a cherished childhood game has taken USC graduate Courtney Maughan from fashion retail to the school classroom.

First Medical Science cohort completes degree
3 Dec 2020

USC will hold a special celebration on Friday 4 December to honour the first students to complete the university’s Bachelor of Medical Science degree as part of their journey to becoming doctors.

Seaweed scientist named Australian STEM superstar
3 Dec 2020

A USC scientist passionate about restoring seaweed forests and finding solutions to global problems has been named one of Australia’s official Superstars of STEM.

Driverless car challenge inspires future careers
1 Dec 2020

USC is giving Year 7s from Gympie the chance to build and program a self-driving model car as part of a program to help prepare young students for high-tech jobs of the future

Naomi Joyce
Graduate builds local and global engineering career
1 Dec 2020

A top-achieving USC Civil Engineering Honours graduate who received one of the first Thompson Excellence Scholarships to support her studies is now working with a global firm to upgrade railways and roads in her home region.

World record haul for USC Spartans swimmers
30 Nov 2020

USC Spartans swimmers sent records tumbling at the 2020 Australian Virtual Short Course Championships over the weekend, with Kaylee McKeown breaking a long-standing world record for 200m backstroke.

Who’s stealing the spanner crabs?
25 Nov 2020

A USC study will determine if sharks are wrongly getting a bad rap for taking a bite out of Australia’s commercial spanner crab industry.

Hashtag yoga: Study into effects of Instagram images on women
24 Nov 2020

A lack of diversity in social media depictions of yoga has prompted a USC researcher to begin a study into the effect this might have on women’s body image and participation in yoga.

USC student Mitch Dakin and Growcom's Lene Knudsen
High-tech sandbox helps farmers visualise water flow
23 Nov 2020

A Civil Engineering Honours student’s Augmented Reality hydrology sandbox will be used by Queensland’s peak horticulture industry body to help teach local growers about water movement in the field.

Marian Tubbs' work 'i am series of chemical changes'
Creative social comment in new Gallery exhibitions
20 Nov 2020

Two exhibitions at USC Art Gallery are offering creative interpretations of political, economic, environmental and social issues through art made from found objects or craft-based materials.

St Mary's College Year 12s celebrate receiving early offers to study at USC.
School is out and early uni offers are in for Year 12s
19 Nov 2020

After dealing with COVID-19 interruptions and a new university entry system, more than 1,300 new school leavers have snapped up the chance to secure early offers to USC – up 83 percent on last year.

Funding to drive Indigenous and transcultural lens in PhD research
17 Nov 2020

A USC-led project to help PhD students strengthen their research with First Nations and transcultural perspectives has received an enormous boost from the Australian Research Council (ARC).

Creative Writing graduate Bianca Millroy
Anthology shines light on Creative Writing graduate
16 Nov 2020

A USC 2018 Master’s graduate has taken her fascination with lighthouses to the next level as both editor and contributor to a newly published anthology focused on her favourite subject.