Two QASMT students receive 2014 Peter Doherty Awards for Excellence in Science as Outstanding Senior Science Students

Jackson Huang and Clint Therakam have been recognised for their very high levels of achievement in Chemistry and Physics and their outstanding participation in extracurricular science activities. Each student has received one of ten awards across Queensland of $3000 to further their science career.

Jackson Huang competed in state, national and international competitions to become the International Brain Bee Champion in 2013. After completing a work placement with the Queensland Brain Institute in 2012, Jackson was invited to complete a 6-week research internship at the QBI with Professor Frederic Meunier’s work in synaptic trafficking and this year he has continued to contribute to that research project after school and on weekends. Jackson was also selected to attend the National Youth Science Forum in January 2014 at the Australian National University. This year Jackson has completed his own research project on alginate polymerisation in heartburn drugs to find more suitable antacid/alginate combinations to improve the treatment effectiveness of those drugs. He is currently nominated as a finalist in the 2014 Sleek Geeks Eureka Prize competition held by the University of Sydney and is preparing for his International Baccalaureate Diploma exams in which he his current progress indicates he will achieve High Distinctions in both Higher Level Chemistry and Physics.

Clint Therakam has played a key role in initiating and coordinating Science activities for students and the community at the Queensland Academy for Science, Mathematics and Technology as the Director of Science Ambassadors in 2014. Clint has a keen interest in Astrophysics which he has shared through activities using the observatory at QASMT and in conjunction with the Brisbane Astronomical Society. He has conducted his own research project utilising mathematical methods, Kepler’s laws of orbital motion and iterative computing to find the orbit of Comet C/2014 E2 Jacques. Clint also completed a first year university subject at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) called ‘Physics of the Very Large’ in 2013 and achieved a High Distinction for the subject.  Clint is currently preparing for his International Baccalaureate Diploma exams in which his current progress indicates he will achieve High Distinctions in Higher Level Physics and Standard Level Chemistry.

 For further details and photo opportunities, please contact Kathy Mackey (Manager Queensland Academies) at kathy.mackey@dete.qld.gov.au