Since 2013, the National Youth Science Forum have sponsored 24 students from across Ballarat. Sharon George and Amber Dennis attended from Phoenix P-12 Community College.

Amber loves reading, biology and chemistry. Her sister attended NYSF in 2017 and spoke very highly of the event which convinced Amber to have a go. She enjoyed making new friends and the event gave her more self-belief and confidence and has changed her perspective about her career options. Amber is inspired by people making huge research progress in bio-sciences and is interested in neuroscience. She has fond memories of a group shopping trip with new friends all enjoying singing and having fun together.

Sharon loves biology, chemistry and watching cricket and AFL. He heard about NYSF from our school’s Assistant Principal. Sharon wants to pursue a Bachelor of Science and is interested in pharmaceutical fields and a possible internship which he learnt about through the NYSF program. He enjoyed meeting and spending time with like-minded people and made friends who he said were like family by the end of the program and is now more optimistic about his future job prospects in the science field.