Publish Date: 
Friday, February 14, 2020 - 10:00

SPARQ-ed is back! 

SPARQ-Ed (Students Performing Advanced Research Queensland – Education) is back - re-establishing its mission to deliver innovative biomedical research education to Queensland school students.  

From the Department of Education, we are Charmaine Keal and Jessica Malcolm. Charmaine is a Head of Department of Science, and Jessica is a secondary science teacher with biomedical research experience. Thank you to those in the building who have made us feel very welcome at TRI – you will find us on level 2 in the SPARQ-Ed offices and laboratory. Our door is open - we would love you to come and say hi.

Expression of Interest

We are seeking expressions of interest from researchers in the building who would like to inspire students to consider STEM subjects and careers and build strong connections with the community.

Depending on the time you have available, your involvement in the program can involve one or more of the following:

  • mentoring aspiring high school students
  • communicating about your work to students and/or teachers - through guest speaking, group or individual discussion
  • providing small parts of your project in which students can participate.

The Department of Education and University of Queensland will value your involvement in fostering the development of aspiring and successful students. More importantly, the students really appreciate connecting with real scientists.

If you would like to get involved, please be in touch with Charmaine and Jessica by completing this 5-minute survey, and we will get back to you. If you would like to work with students, and don’t yet have a Blue Card, these can be organised. Complete survey here.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any comments or questions. Our emails are: