The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student STEM Achievement Awards are for high school and tertiary undergraduate or TAFE students showing passion, engagement and improvement in science, technology, engineering or mathematics, as well as leadership capabilities. Three winners will be awarded - two Secondary Student Award winners and one Tertiary Student Award winner.
To be eligible for this award the nominee must:
- identify as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person
- be currently enrolled in senior high school, a university undergraduate degree or alternative tertiary level education program such as TAFE (These awards are not for students beyond an undergraduate level).
- be able to demonstrate engagement and improvement in STEM subjects
- be able to demonstrate effective inquiry competencies (ie. ability to apply the critical thinking skills of planning, conducting, processing and evaluating)
- be involved in extra-curricular STEM activities (ie. work experience/placements that build inquiry skills, STEM student networks)
- be able to demonstrate leadership capabilities (ie. mentoring other students)
- be able to demonstrate a passion for STEM (please note, this criterion must be answered by the student themselves and must include why they like STEM and any aspirations for the feature)
Secondary Student Award winners will receive experiential prize to the value of $5000.
Tertiary Student Award winners will receive a $5000 scholarship.
Applications for Indigenous STEM Awards will open again in 2021.