A two-day, action packed trip to North Stradbroke Island filled with sun, surf and gelato has proven to be a winning combination for students and lecturers from the School.

Held in November each year at The University of Queensland’s Moreton Bay Research Station, the camp enables students get to know their peers and their lecturers in a one of a kind environment.

Dr Susan Rowland, a Senior Lecturer in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology is the camp organiser and has already seen the benefits the camp brings to participants, since beginning in 2012.

 “We want the students to have a full cohort experience and make lifelong friendships while studying UQ,” Dr Rowland said.

“It’s nice to see past participants regularly meet on campus and arranging weekend trips away.”

Attendance is open to all undergraduates and honours students who are majoring in chemistry, biochemistry and molecular biology, bioinformatics, genetics, microbiology and chemical sciences.

“It’s a diverse group of students from all the majors we coordinate in the school; modern science is interdisciplinary, and we’re keen to help our students from different majors swap ideas,” said Dr Rowland. 

In 2013, 40 undergraduate, nine honours students and seven academics attended the camp.

“Day one activities included sports on the beach, team trivia, sand sculptures, yoga and an impromptu theatre competition at night,” Dr Rowland said.

“The final day involved walking the Straddie Gorge and spotting Australian wildlife including dolphins koalas and sea turtles.”

The camp will be running again at the end of November 2014.

More information: Dr Susan Rowland (07 3365 4615 or s.rowland1@uq.edu.au)

Photo: Supplied by Lawrence Kurniawan Wong
















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