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    Minister for Education and Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games
    The Honourable Kate Jones

    STEM award winners named

    Minister for Education and Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games
    The Honourable Kate Jones

    Wednesday, August 19, 2015

    STEM award winners named

    Thirty of Queensland’s stars in the field of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) have been recognised in the 2015 Peter Doherty Awards.

    Education Minister Kate Jones announced the winners at the Queensland Academy for Science Mathematics and Technology to help celebrate National Science Week.

    Ms Jones said award recipients this year included students, teachers, support officers, schools and a corporate science education partner.

    “The 30 recipients of the 2015 Peter Doherty Awards for Excellence in STEM Education include 20 Year 12 students,” she said.

    “They represent some of the very brightest and best of our current crop of science, mathematics and technology students.

    “The Peter Doherty Awards have a proud 11-year record of highlighting and rewarding outstanding science talent in our education system.

    “For 2015 they have been expanded to recognise the critical role the whole spectrum of STEM subjects will play in Queensland’s future prosperity.”

    Ms Jones said the Palaszczuk Government was determined to provide more opportunities for students to study STEM – including robotics and coding.

    “The Peter Doherty Awards are a valuable and distinguished award recognising those who excel in STEM learning and teaching,” she said.

    “The winners will each receive $5,000 representing a $150,000 investment in STEM talent in Queensland schools.

    “The awards recognise students for excellence in senior mathematics and technology, outstanding senior science students, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students for excellence in senior mathematics and technology and for senior science.

    “Outstanding science teachers, science support officers, schools and a corporate education partner also received awards.

    The awards take their name from Nobel Laureate and Indooroopilly State High School graduate Professor Peter Doherty AC, co-recipient of the 1996 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine and 1997 Australian of the Year.

    Ms Jones said the 2015 awards were well supported with a total of 155 applications from state and non-state schools in metropolitan, regional and rural Queensland locations.

    “I congratulate all who applied – their initiative demonstrates that STEM education has a bright future as we prepare our young people for the challenges of tomorrow,” she said.

    The full list of winners is available at www.education.qld.gov.au/science-awards

    Media contact: Minister Jones’ Office 3719 7530