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A love for science leads Dux to USQ

Georgia Poole is off to USQ to study a Bachelor of Biomedical science, as the platform for a career in medical research.

The Downlands College Dux and OP1 student is also the recipient of a $29,000 USQ Chancellor’s Scholarship.

“I have always been committed to my studies,” Georgia said.

“Throughout my high school years I pushed myself to see how well I could do. It was very exciting to get an OP1 and to receive the Chancellor’s Scholarship. I feel like all the hard work has paid off.”

She said she chose to study in Toowoomba to be near family and support systems close to home.

“I have always found USQ to be a really inviting university. I did my work experience here, I like the culture and I also live nearby,” she said.

“I thought this was the place for me to study so I decided to apply.”

For Georgia, the secret to her OP score was about finding the balance of study and leisure and was helped by her love for science.

“I have always really enjoyed science,” she said.

“Biomedical Science is a great undergraduate degree for me to then perhaps go on to post-graduate studies or sit the GAMSAT.

Last year the University launched a new range of scholarships offering automatic scholarships to school leavers who gained an OP 1-8 and put USQ first on QTAC.

USQ Vice-Chancellor Professor Geraldine Mackenzie said it was a decisive move to help keep our young people in the regions, and attract students from capital cities to study at USQ.

“We want to ensure our best and brightest are staying in the region, and that we are attracting school leavers from across the State,” Professor Mackenzie said.

“We want to build strong rural and regional communities and we know that providing outstanding educational opportunities (and careers) locally is the best way of doing just that.”

Applications are still open for Semester 1 study. Find out more.

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For Georgia, the secret to her OP score was about finding the balance of study and leisure and was helped by her love for science.