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National Youth Science Forum (NYSF)

NYSF offers Year 11 students a unique opportunity to test-drive careers in science, engineering and related disciplines. Applicants should be about to enter the final year of secondary education, have demonstrated an outstanding interest in science and technology, and be considering some field of science as their future career.

For 12 days in January, students attend one of three Sessions held in Canberra (Sessions A & C) and Perth (Session B), living on campus as university students. Participants meet scientists and researchers, visit them at work and do the kinds of things that scientists do every day. The students pick up valuable skills and experience to give them the edge in Year 12 and beyond. Rotarians can meet with participants socially at a reception, and subsequently by home hosting for a day.

NYSF works closely with Rotary Clubs around Australia to select participants. Selection is competitive and not based solely on academic results: applicants should have interests outside school.

Applicants must submit an application online by 31 May. Clubs interview applicants— each application must be sponsored by a Rotary Club in order to proceed. Clubs forward sponsored applications to the NYSF District Chair by 30 June. During July the District team will make the final selections for the following year.


Important Dates

27-28/07/2013 District 9710 NYSF Selection for 2014
06/01/2014 NYSF Session A starts — Canberra
09/01/2014 Rotary Dinner Session A
12/01/2014 Home Hospitality Session A
06/01/2014 NYSF Session B starts — Perth
20/01/2014 NYSF Session C starts — Canberra
23/01/2014 Rotary Dinner Session C
26/01/2014 Home Hospitality Session C
31/05/2014 Applications for the 2014 intake close online
30/06/2014 Sponsored applications to District NYSF Chair

Further information about the program can be found at http://www.nysf.edu.au or by phoning Adam de Totth on 02 6288 1441, or emailing adamdetotth@netspeed.com.au.

Current Chairman

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