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NATIONAL YOUTH SCIENCE FORUM (NYSF)

The NYSF Year 12 Program is designed to give students a broader understanding of the diverse study and career options available in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and to encourage them to continue their studies in these fields.  At the NYSF Year 12 Program run in January each year, participants will:

  • visit science and technology related laboratories and facilities,
  • go on site tours,
  • listen to lectures,
  • take part in workshops,
  • go to social events, and
  • participate in group activities that improve communication and presentation skills.
NYSF is a program dedicated to exposing outstanding year 11 students who are thinking about a career in science and engineering and related disciplines to major scientific institutions and researchers, so that they may make more informed choices for their future.
They are also given training in time management, interview skills and public speaking.
The Forum is fully residential and takes place during January in Canberra and Brisbane. All activities are fully supervised by student staff and resident Rotary counselors.  
Application Process
Initial applications are by completing the form on the NYSF Website, use the link on the left to access the site. Payment of an application fee is required.
Contact must then be made with a Rotary Club in District 9640 to complete the process.
 
Sponsorship of some of the cost of attending NYSF may be offered by a Rotary club, but the student or family will be requested to be responsible for at least a portion of the full amount.
 
Selection is extremely competitive, all applicants are interviewed in May each year, initially by sponsoring Rotary Clubs.
If accepted by a Rotary Club to continue the applicant will be advised when District selection will be held.
 
District Selection Day
Applicants then attend an NYSF Selection Day where they are interviewed, present a speech on a subject of their own choice, and are assessed by NYSF Alumni students.
Be aware that not all applicants are accepted to go to NYSF.
Each Rotary District in Australia is allocated a number of places which are usually fewer than the number of appplicants.
Successful applicants are advised at the end of the Selection Day of further details. Applicants who are not accepted are given information regarding all other Rotary Youth programs available.

For more information contact the National Youth Science Forum chair
Greg Dux
More information is available from the NYSF website -