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Talented Students’ Program at UNSW Science

Each year, the Dean of Science invites the top students in the Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Science (Advanced) degrees to join a bright and inquisitive elite group of students who are mentored throughout their study program. Students typically have an ATAR (or equivalent) of 97.50 so you are mixing with some of the best and brightest students on campus. To find out more, please visit

New UNSW Science degree for 2015 – Bachelor of Life Sciences

In 2015, UNSW will launch a Bachelor of Life Sciences degree which focuses on the biological, environmental and health sciences areas. To find out more, please visit:

UNSW Project 50:50, Inspiring Young Women into Science

Science 50:50 aims to inspire Australian girls and young women to pursue degrees and careers in science and technology so they can succeed in an innovation-driven future. Science 50:50 makes the simple point – since half the population is female, why not half the scientists and technologists? To find out more, please visit

UNSW in first Australian team to win Biomod competition

A DNA nanomachine designed to detect viruses such as Ebola has won the Grand Prize for a team that includes three UNSW students in Harvard University’s biomolecular Biomod Competition - a biomolecular design competition for undergraduates from around the world.

Team Echidna – the first Australian team ever to enter the Ivy League university’s annual competition – beat 33 other teams with their ultra-sensitive biosensor which was inspired by the cooperative behaviour evident in the natural world.

The team included two UNSW Science students and one UNSW Medicine student - Advanced Science student Jon Berengut and Honours student Robert Oppenheimer, who are both studying in the School of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences; and Andrew Tuckwell, an Honours student carrying out his project at the Victor Chang Institute.

The six students, who were supervised by Dr Lawrence Lee of the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute, also won the YouTube video prize at the competition.

Their winning entry can be seen here.

Their YouTube video can be watched here.

UNSW Science stands out in the 2014 Young Tall Poppy Science Award

Stand-out researchers in the UNSW School of Psychology have won three of this year’s 10 Tall Poppy Science Awards recognising excellence in science.

The awards, run by the Australian Institute of Policy and Science (AIPS), honour emerging researchers and award them for their world-class research and passionate commitment to communicating science.

Overall, UNSW won five awards, the largest number of winners from one university. The New South Wales winners, Dr Muireann Irish, Dr Angela Nickerson, Dr Thomas Whitfordm Dr Nicola Newton, Dr Megan Lord - from the science, medicine, and engineering faculties – are nominated by their peers and will spend a year engaging with school students, teachers and the broader community to share their knowledge.

The Beacon newsletter from UNSW Science

Are you a Maths and/or Science high school teacher? Sign-up for The Beacon - our Maths & Science Newsletter aimed at high school teachers - to receive the latest Science and Mathematics research and industry news, events, info about new degrees and changes, and more! Sign up here: