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Author: Gay Ellyett
Author Role: Coordinator: Exceptional Scientists' Program

This year, three girls from CHAC participated in the FEAST five-day residential program held at UQ Gatton campus during the June-July holidays. This program is designed to help students discover the huge range of exciting and rewarding science careers in the agriculture, animal and food industries. Over the five days, students meet other students with similar interests, explore study disciplines through hands-on activities and workshops, get involved in social and sporting activities, live in the Halls of Residence at the Gatton campus and experience student life.

With more than 2000 unfilled jobs available each year for university graduates in the agriculture, animal science and food sectors, FEAST is an excellent opportunity for senior students to see if this is what they want to pursue when they leave school.


On Sunday the 30 June, Kaitlyn, Brianna and I made our way to the UQ Gatton campus for FEAST 2019. Upon seeing the email from Mrs Ellyett for this opportunity, I signed up straight away as I wish to pursue environmental or agricultural science in university. This program focused on just that and involved activities that opened up my previous knowledge on these areas of science. To name a few of the opportunities presented to us, I dissected a pregnant pig, spent a day at the UQ St Lucia campus and listened to keynote speakers on topics such as conservation and food genetics. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this program and have made friends with like-minded people. This opportunity has broadened my options for university.

Navi Singh, Year 11