BYRON Bay High School's Cath Bowler, 17 of Rosebank, is one of just eight Australians and 350 international students chosen to attend the annual International Youth Science Forum in London in July.
BYRON Bay High School's Cath Bowler, 17 of Rosebank, is one of just eight Australians and 350 international students chosen to attend the annual International Youth Science Forum in London in July. Sue Gardiner

Mind blowing experience for science student

"I NEVER thought this could happen to me. It's going to be mind-blowing, " says Byron Bay High School student Cath Bowler.

And almost certainly mind-expanding too as Cath is one of just eight Australians and 350 international students chosen to attend the annual International Youth Science Forum in London in July.

The 17-year-old year 12 student was selected from 500 Australians who applied.

The forum is a two week residential event for 17 to 21 year olds held at Imperial College London which features demonstrations and talks from leading scientists undertaking groundbreaking research in their fields.

There are also behind the scenes visits to world class laboratories and universities like Oxford and Cambridge as well as research centres and scientific institutions.There's also a strong social component with excursions and tours of landmarks.

Such is the prestige of the forum that was founded in 1959, that many past participants report that it's played a huge role in getting into their university of choice and has given them the edge when it comes to competing for the best jobs in the science world.

Cath, who is studying chemistry, physics and biology for her HSC, says the endorsement of her science teachers Stephen Hawkins and Christopher Parkes played a large role in her selection.

She was also assessed via her engagement and interaction at a national science forum she attended in Canberra in January.

Cath, who aspires to study conservation biology at university, is looking for sponsorship to help pay for the $12,000 cost of the forum.


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