Day in the life of a scientist

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Day in the life of a scientist


USC is partnering with QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute to bring you the Day in the life of a scientist program.

USC and QIMR Berghofer are dedicated to inspiring and educating our scientists of the future. Through an Advance Queensland grant, this unique opportunity has been created for Year 11 and Year 12 students considering science as a career path. Students will gain hands-on experience in a working laboratory and interact with scientists working in the world of medical research. Schools can select one of three half-day experimental activities available.

Audience: Year 11 and 12 Biology students

Group size: 24 students (minimum 20) 

Date: Term 3 & 4

Time: 9:00am to 1:30pm

Venue: QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute (Herston)

Limited places and dates are available so book in today.

Transport booking and reimbursement process

There will be no cost for your school to attend as all program costs are funded and transport fees are available for school's to claim reimbursement for post event. Schools are required to arrange their own transport and pay their invoice in full prior to the event. To claim a transport reimbursement, each school must invoice QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute for the allocated amount. These should be emailed, with a copy of the original paid bus invoice to by November 30, 2017. Transport reimbursements are only available to claim post event and where at least 80% of registered students were in attendance.

Program overview

The program has been designed to meet teacher, school and student needs, and is aligned to the Queensland senior biology curriculum. During the program, students will:

  • complete a hands-on experimental activity in our state-of-the-art education laboratory
  • hear a talk from researchers working at the forefront of discovery (optional)
  • tour the Institute’s world-class medical research facilities (optional).
Experimental activities

Three experimental activities are available to choose from:

  • Anti-microbials and disease: The drug discovery process
  • Immunity and vaccines: Tracking the army within 
  • Genetics: Evolution and inherited disease, OR Genetics + Hair PCR

The experiment includes a scientist talk, tour of the Institute and lunch break.

Risk assessment

Participating schools will be provided with a personalised Education Queensland Risk Assessment document.

  • No genetically modified or pathogenic organisms are used in our experiments.
  • All experiments comply with PC1 guidelines and are no more dangerous than a high school laboratory.
  • We provide students and teachers with all necessary protective equipment.

If you have any questions or would like to request a different date, please contact

Register here

Limit of one booking per school
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