Future You STEM Summit

QUT Future You STEM Summit is set to teach students the importance of a STEM mindset, helping to guide a new generation of leaders, entrepreneurs, and innovators to build the jobs of Australia’s future.

The 2022 STEM Summit includes the STEM Tasters and STEM Internship programs and is open to high-achieving Year 11 and 12 high-school students. Delivered in the September school holidays, both events will offer students the opportunity to expand their skill sets beyond the classroom and explore future career ambitions with like-minded peers, all before university.

The Future You STEM Summit four-day program also includes a program of:

  • inspiring keynotes with high-profile speakers
  • interactive Q&A panel sessions featuring local industry leaders, entrepreneurs and researchers
  • QUT alumni, academics, and current students speaking about how they use their STEM mindset every day.

Download the 2022 program (PDF file, 202.2 KB)

STEM Tasters

The STEM Tasters program is designed to provide students with a taste of STEM technical skills, accessing labs and facilities at our Gardens Point campus in Brisbane. Students' will participate in up to six STEM practical experiences throughout the week.

These practical experiences have been designed to inspire, engage and up-skill students learning across our core streams of engineering, health and science.

As a summit attendee, students will be treated like a real QUT undergraduate, navigating their way around campus, accessing facilities and engaging with university staff and students during practical experiences.

During the on-campus summit week, students will:

  • take part in six university style lecture/tutorial practical experiences
  • learn from current QUT academics and tutorial staff
  • learn about university life from undergraduate STEM ambassadors

STEM Internships

The STEM Internship program provides an opportunity for students to immerse themselves into a research topic and become part of a research team at QUT.

The rigorous program develops students' technical, leadership and critical thinking skills through a suite of on-campus practical learning, professional development and external assessment.

As an intern, students will get to undertake collaborative, group STEM research projects, led by QUT STEM experts and linked to real-world research and industry challenges.

During the on-campus internship week, students will:

  • upskill in a STEM area of interest through a hands-on research project
  • work in small teams under the mentorship of esteemed QUT academics
  • learn about university life from undergraduate STEM ambassadors

Future You STEM

Key dates

Program dates:  Tuesday 27 – Friday 30 September 2022 (Term 3 school holidays)
Applications open: 19 April
Applications close: 16 May

Location

STEM Summit:  QUT Gardens Point Campus
STEM Internship: QUT Gardens Point Campus and QUT research facilities, Brisbane

Cost

The Future You STEM Summit programs are free to attend for eligible participants. Students will receive a lunch voucher each day to use at one of the relevant campus retail outlets.

Any travel or accommodation costs associated with attending Future You STEM Summit are the responsibility of the student and are not funded by QUT.

Student testimonials

“You will meet really awesome and like-minded people through this program that you may even get to work with in the future. I couldn’t recommend this program more!”

- Future You STEM Internship 2021 participant and current QUT student Gabrielle Booth

Read Gabrielle's story

Connect with current QUT STEM students

Throughout the experience, you will get to engage with our STEM Student Ambassadors, who are current QUT students. They're always happy to have a chat about their studies, their future plans and ambitions, and what uni student life is like, so take the opportunity to learn from their experiences.

QUT Scholars Program

QUT STEM Scholars is a cohort of next generation STEM leaders that have been accepted into QUT’s exclusive STEM enrichment programs. All Future You STEM participants are inducted into our STEM scholars program. The program offers:

  • access to the QUT Scholars virtual Facebook hub
  • QUT Ambassadors career advice
  • invitations to exclusive STEM events and activities
  • opportunities to assist QUT with user-testing of programs and workshops.

Apply now

Applications have now closed. We encourage you to keep up to date with QUT events through our What’s on in STEM webpage or join our Facebook group #STEMis4me and subscribe to QUT STEM High School Engagement.

Eligibility requirements

To be accepted into this program, you must:

  • be a current Year 11 or Year 12 student from Queensland or Northern NSW
  • be studying and have received two or more As in the previous year of study in at least one of the following:
    • a science (physics, chemistry, earth and environmental science, marine or biology)
    • Mathematical Methods or Specialist Mathematics
    • Engineering/Aerospace
    • Digital Solutions
  • obtain parental/guardian permission
  • be able to attend all STEM Summit program dates
  • current STEM Scholars are not eligible to apply

The selection panel will choose applicants from a range of schools, backgrounds and interest areas.  Applicants will be assessed on:

  • academic achievement
  • involvement in extra-curricular activities
  • contributions to their school and/or local community.

Applicants are required to submit an online application form with supporting documents including:

  • copy of Semester 1 and 2, 2021 school report
  • ask a teacher, head of department or principal for a recommendation (provide their email address when completing the application and they will be sent a request to complete an online recommendation).

Conditions

The Future You STEM Summit is subject to current Queensland restrictions and locations and timings may change at any time. QUT does not take responsibility for any costs incurred due to the restrictions.

We won't consider applications that don't include all of the required documentation correctly. Current STEM Scholars are not eligible to apply. The panel's decision is final.

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