A scientist and a school child in a lab

SCMB's Associate Professor Stephen Barker was a nominee for the 2011 UQ Vice-Chancellor's Equity and Diversity Awards.

The nomination recognises Associate Professor Barker's ten years of work sharing his scientific expertise and enthusiasm with students from Durack State School.

He has been helping teach science at the school every week, and makes sure he visits all classes at least once a year.

The student body at Durack State School is highly multicultural (approximately 60% of students have English as a second language), and many students come from households of a low socio-economic status.

"Steve’s work at Durack State School establishes a bridge between the science that the students learn at school and the science activities undertaken at UQ," said Head of the School, Professor Melissa Brown.

"This encourages them, from a young age, to develop aspirations and interest in science and aspirations for further study," she said.

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