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February 2017

USC PhD student Reid Reale on campus on the Sunshine Coast.
USC research helps fighters ‘make weight’ safely
28 Feb 2017

A USC research project is set to help elite combat sport athletes attain ‘fighting weight’ without resorting to extreme dieting and dehydration.

USC graduate Ilana Kelly doing fieldwork at a nesting site with volunteers from Coolum & North Shore Coast Care.
Marine turtles are not fussy nesters: USC study
27 Feb 2017

USC research has uncovered a few surprises about the types of nesting sites selected by turtles on the northern part of the Sunshine Coast between Mudjimba and Noosa.

Victoria Ryan, Adam Owers and Joshua Tyson are about to start studying at USC
Record number of students to begin study at USC
24 Feb 2017

Almost 4,800 students have enrolled to start study at USC on Monday 27 February –  a record number for the University.

Ben King (left) with friend Dave Stoker on Main Street Park City before going to see another film at Sundance.
USC employee shares in Sundance film award
23 Feb 2017

A USC staff member has helped create a film that recently snared a major award at the world-famous Sundance Film Festival in Utah in the United States.

Dr Bridie Scott-Parker.
USC researcher to inspire graduate women
23 Feb 2017

A USC Senior Research Fellow working to prevent teenagers being killed in car crashes will share her professional and personal insights at an International Women’s Day Celebratory Breakfast on Saturday 4 March.

Growth in USC numbers good news for Fraser Coast
22 Feb 2017

USC Fraser Coast has officially welcomed hundreds of new students today with a packed Orientation program.

Enjoying the sausage sizzle at USC’s Orientation are South African students Roy Langhein and Darryn Dyer and Emma Hough of Zimbabwe.
Orientation begins for USC’s 4,500 new students
21 Feb 2017

USC’s main campus at Sippy Downs was abuzz today as thousands of new students arrived for the start of Orientation Week.

USC high performance student athlete Taylor McKeown
Launch of USC High Performance Student Athlete Program
21 Feb 2017

USC will tomorrow (Wednesday 22 February) launch a program to help students combine high performance sport with higher education to achieve overall life success.

Associate Lecturer in Serious Games Dr Colleen Stieler-Hunt will attend the five-day Game Developers Conference in San Francisco.
Academic chosen for world’s largest games conference
20 Feb 2017

A USC academic has received a prestigious scholarship to attend the world’s largest game development conference in San Francisco starting Monday 27 February.

SouthBank students at Orientation
USC SouthBank welcomes students from across globe
17 Feb 2017

Scores of students who have travelled from around the globe to study in the middle of Brisbane’s cultural precinct will gather at USC’s SouthBank campus on Monday 20 February.

USC Gympie students Chloe Johnston, Emily Allward, Nikki Bath and Nicolas Gerrard
Upbeat Orientation fun for USC Gympie
17 Feb 2017

There will be an upbeat vibe at USC Gympie on Wednesday (22 February) as new students are introduced to university life with a packed Orientation program that includes live music and a free lunch.

Students at USC’s 2016 Orientation.
O Week to welcome new students to campus
16 Feb 2017

Thousands of new USC students will start Semester 1 with a bang as Orientation Week kicks off at USC’s Sippy Downs campus next week.

USC Fraser Coast student Jared Tallis
Aspiring scientist starts new degree at Fraser Coast
15 Feb 2017

Hervey Bay’s Jared Tallis considers starting a science degree at USC Fraser Coast as his first step to a career as a bio-scientist who will make a difference in the world.

Law students in USC’s moot court.
Supreme Court judge to hold masterclass at USC
15 Feb 2017

A former Supreme Court judge will lead a masterclass in mooting and negotiation at the USC Law School on Friday 24 February.

22-year-old Business student from Switzerland Marc Stockreisser.
USC student lands role as commodity trader
14 Feb 2017

An internship with a Buderim-based trading company has helped USC international student Marc Stockreisser launch his career as a commodity trader while still at university.

USC Spartan and Olympic silver medallist Jake Packard training at the USC Pool.
Conference aims to foster high-performance sport
14 Feb 2017

World champion athletes and leading sports administrators, coaches and scientists will join forces on Friday 3 March for a conference aimed at boosting high-performance sport opportunities on the Sunshine Coast.

USC Animal Ecology student Grace Prince with her favourite horse Pip
New USC degree lets Grace stay home on the farm
13 Feb 2017

Hervey Bay’s Grace Prince wanted to study animals for as long as she could remember, but struggled with the prospect of moving away from her family, part-time job and much-loved horses.

Maroochydore State High School graduate Emma Hutton, 17, of Maroochy River.
Gates and obstacles no barrier for OP1 student
13 Feb 2017

An OP1 student who is a talented snowboarder and show jumper is about to launch into a Business degree at USC.

OP 1 student Teagan Gleeson of Bundaberg is studying Clinical Exercise Science at USC
Gym-loving OP1 Bundaberg student to study exercise at USC
10 Feb 2017

An OP1 school student and self-confessed fitness fanatic from Bundaberg will satisfy her keen interest in health by studying Clinical Exercise Science at USC Sunshine Coast.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Birgit Lohmann and Thompson Study Support Scholarship recipient Shelley Hibbert
Awards help Fraser Coast students achieve goals
10 Feb 2017

USC Fraser Coast student who balances university study with caring for her daughter with cerebral palsy has discovered the difference that receiving a scholarship can make.

Erin Medland, who has enrolled at USC to pursue a career as a science teacher.
School captain keen to share her love of science
9 Feb 2017

St John’s College 2016 school captain and chemistry whiz Erin Medland has enrolled at USC to pursue a career as a science teacher.

Undiscovered #4, by Michael Cook. This image is available courtesy of Andrew Baker Art Dealer and Dianne Tanzer Gallery + Project.
Sixty Minutes reporter to lead forum on art of reconciliation at USC
9 Feb 2017

Highly regarded Australian television reporter Jeff McMullen will lead a panel discussion about a stunning national exhibition called East Coast Encounter at the USC Gallery at 2pm on Saturday 25 February.

Lecturer in Geotechnical Engineering Dr Adrian McCallum on a research trip to the Arctic Ocean.
Academic to share polar adventures at public lecture
9 Feb 2017

An adventurous engineering academic from USC will share his tales of polar exploration at a special Royal Geographical Society of Queensland/USC lecture on campus on Tuesday 21 February at 7pm.

USC Lecturer in Social Work Dr Kate Jonathan
British social worker joins USC Fraser Coast as lecturer
9 Feb 2017

A social worker and mental health nurse who has worked with the homeless, addicts and migrants in the United Kingdom will deliver a new degree in Social Work to first-year students at USC Fraser Coast.

USC Sports Studies student Jade Psaila of Maryborough
Jade shoots for a career in sport at USC
8 Feb 2017

Wide Bay representative basketballer Jade Psaila plans to turn her love of sport into a career by starting a degree in Sports Studies at USC Fraser Coast.

Caloundra State High School graduate Tom Banks, who achieved an OP2 last year, has enrolled in a Dean’s Scholars Science program.
Golden Beach student accelerates Science degree
8 Feb 2017

A Golden Beach student with a passion for genetics is fast-tracking his way to a career in science through an accelerated combined degree at USC.

University of Pretoria Research Fellow Dr Michelle Schroder with USC’s Dr Helen Nahrung.
South African researcher joins USC battle to beat gum tree pest
8 Feb 2017

A South African entomologist has arrived at USC to work with forestry researchers in combatting a tiny pest that is devastating eucalyptus trees around the world.

USC graduate dietitian Charlotte Bush
New USC graduate sets up own private practice
7 Feb 2017

It is a challenge that few professionals take up in their first year out of university, but USC graduate dietitian Charlotte Bush would not have it any other way.

USC Associate Professors Lainie Cameron and Chris Askew
Two USC sport and exercise scientists named in nation’s top 25
7 Feb 2017

Two USC academics have been named on a list of the top 25 influencers of exercise and sports science in Australia.

USC PhD candidate Laura Simmons completed a four-year study into the genetics of the endangered swamp orchid.
USC study helps conserve Australia’s tallest orchid
6 Feb 2017

New findings from a USC researcher are giving one of Australia’s most coveted orchid species a fighting chance of survival.

Lightning players prepare for their first training session at the revamped USC Sports Stadium
USC Sports Stadium ready for Lightning
6 Feb 2017

USC has completed a $5 million overhaul of its Sports Stadium at Sippy Downs to provide an impressive home court for new national netball team Sunshine Coast Lightning.

Senior Research Fellow Dr Bridie Scott-Parker.
L-platers needed for driving behaviour research
3 Feb 2017

A USC academic is conducting research to better understand how driving behaviours change when young motorists progress from having L-plates to P-plates.

Representative netballer Millie Winkler of Buderim graduated from Mountain Creek State High School with an OP2.
Netballer off to sporting start in USC degree
2 Feb 2017

Millie Winkler of Buderim is hoping to net both sporting and study success when she starts a degree at USC later this month.

17-year-old Kawana Waters State College graduate and OP1 recipient Madeline Moss.
Surf lifesaver to make waves as new USC student
1 Feb 2017

Studying while staying close to the ocean made enrolling at USC an easy decision for OP1 recipient and volunteer surf lifesaver Madeline Moss of Warana.

Associate Professor in Vegetation and Plant Ecology Dr Alison Shapcott with a tahina palm.
USC academic helps protect Madagascan ‘suicide palm’
1 Feb 2017

A USC academic has travelled to the remote coastline of Madagascar to help survey and protect one of the world’s rarest trees, dubbed ‘the suicide palm’.