Isis student receives $5000 bursary
Aleisha proud to receive Peter Doherty award
AN OUTSTANDING student from Isis District State High School has been awarded in the prestigious Peter Doherty Awards for Excellence in STEM Education.
It recognises students, teachers, support officers, schools and education partners, volunteers, mentors and organisations who demonstrate an outstanding and innovative contribution to STEM education in Queensland.
The awards are named after Professor Peter Doherty, a Brisbane-born Nobel Prize-winning scientist who was educated at Indooroopilly State High School and the University of Queensland.
Prof Peter Doherty shared the Nobel Prize in Physiology in 1996 with Swiss colleague Rolf Zinkernagel, for their discovery of how the immune system recognises virus-infected cells.
In 2015, the renowned Peter Doherty Awards for Excellence in Science and Science Education expanded and the awards became the Peter Doherty Awards for Excellence in STEM Education.
This acknowledges STEM education as a strategic priority for the Department of Education and Training.
The Peter Doherty Awards have a proud record of highlighting and rewarding the outstanding science talent in Queensland education.
In recent years, the awards have been expanded to recognise achievement across the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Students were selected from more than 100 applicants across the state, including state and non-state schools from metropolitan, rural and regional Queensland.
Isis High School student Aleisha Thomas was presented with her award and $5000 bursary at a ceremony at the Queensland University of Technology last Friday. The award was presented by Leeanne Enoch, MP, Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy.
This was a proud occasion for Miss Thomas, her family and Isis District State High School.
Acting principal Chris Gill said Miss Thomas was only the fifth Isis High student to receive this prestigious award.
Miss Thomas is currently studying in Year 12.
AWARD WINNER: Aleisha Thomas wins the Peter Doherty Award.