Downlands Students Offered QUT STEM Internships

March 8, 2019

Two Downlands College students have been offered positions in the 2019 QUT High School STEM Internships Program, a program designed to offer next generation STEM leaders a hands-on, real-world experience that aligns to their future aspirations and studies.

From hundreds of state-wide applicants, only 40 students were selected to participate in the prestigious intern program. Internship projects are based on a range of research work that has included: siphon physics, biomedical engineering, pharmacy, robotic vision, astrophysics and quantum mechanics, infectious diseases and mass spectrometry.

Budding scientists, Georgia Poole and Annie Harding are two of just five students offered positions in the Bacterial Pathogenesis placement. The students will be treated like QUT undergraduates during their internship over the Easter holidays, enjoying student campus life, accessing facilities and online resources, and undertaking practical and written assessment to prepare them for university as a new-generation STEM leaders.

Working alongside Dr Makrina Totsika on a research project exploring antimicrobial resistance and the mechanisms pathogens employ during infection of the host, Georgia and Annie will have an opportunity to conduct hands-on testing and gain an insight into cutting-edge research that aims to combat the rise and spread of superbugs.

The Internships will provide a wonderful opportunity for both girls to explore their interest in medical research. With Annie's keen interest in helping others through medical research, she says, “I am very excited about and feel privileged to have been offered this opportunity. I am looking forward to working with highly qualified professionals, as well as using the experience to increase my own understanding of the STEM research field and to gain insight into possible options for my future.”

Georgia has always been passionate about the sciences, but now that she has developed a better understanding of the distinct scientific fields, she has become especially interested in medical research. "I’m so grateful to have been selected for this placement because I know there were many very worthy applicants. I can’t wait to be working on real practical applications of biological sciences, in an environment with like-minded and driven peers," Georgia said. “My dream job now is to work in the development of scientific development and discovery in fields such as stem cell research, microbiology or genetics.” 

Downlands Principal, Mr Stephen Koch said, “Annie and Georgia are very deserving of their selection in the QUT STEM Internship Program. Through their studies at school, these young women have demonstrated strong academic ability in several STEM-related subjects and a growing interest in a vast array of possible STEM futures. We wish Annie and Georgia all the best with their Internship placement”.

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