BBC may well be cultivating the next generation of innovators set to cure canceror unravel the mysteries of Parkinson’s disease, as students team up with accomplished scientists to tackle cutting edge research into social issues.
For almost 10 years, the College has run an Extension Biology program that sees students gain hands on experience in institutions such as the Queensland Brain Institute, the UQ Centre for Clinical Research, UQ Food Science, UQ Molecular Biosciences, the Institute for Health and Biomedical Innovation, The Translational Research Institute, the PA Hospital Emergency Department and the UQ Centre for Advanced Imaging.
The BBC Student Scientist Partnership Program is a research course which runs over eight months, forms the major Senior Science assessment item and culminates with students presenting their extended experimental investigation at the Year 12 Biology Symposium. This year the Symposium showcased the findings of 16 Senior biology students - including several of our past and current students.
An inspirational keynote address is provided by a leader in the field. 2017 saw an address by Associate Professor Dr Dimity Dornan AO, founder of the Hear and Say Centre, a not for profit organisation which helps hearing impaired children learn to use cochlear implants.
Designed to extend and challenge enquiring young minds, the BBC Student Scientist Partnership program provides anopportunity to accelerate student learning in an area of interest and provides boys with access to cutting edge technology, innovative research, extensive industry resources and contacts.
While their research topics vary, our boys display an unwavering passion and inquisitive commitment to their projects, so it is not surprising that many boys over the years have been invited to continue their research should they choose to pursue an undergraduate degree in this area.