Residential Indigenous Science Experience (RISE)

Join like-minded Indigenous students from around Australia and interact with scientists to learn more about the principles and real-world applications of cutting-edge science.

In light of the COVID-19 situation, the University and its partners have adopted a series of changes to reduce rates of infection in the community and this includes the postponement or cancellation of all events.

Our number one priority is the health, safety and wellbeing of our community. The RISE Steering Committee has followed expert government and health advice which are in the best interests of the health, safety and wellbeing of the Indigenous communities, schools, students and families in which we engage and work with.

What is RISE?

The University of Melbourne and GTAC are proud to present the tenth annual Indigenous Science Experience! The program provides Indigenous students in Years 9 and 10 with the opportunity to immerse themselves in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths (STEM), in a culturally supportive and responsive space. Usually students are invited to participate in an on-campus program through the Residential Indigenous Science Experience (RISE). Due to the ongoing impacts of COVID19, this year we will be delivering the Virtual Indigenous Science Experience (VISE) - the virtual version of RISE!

Who can attend?

VISE is open to all Year 9 and 10 Indigenous students from around Australia.

This program may be just what you’re looking for if you:

  • Are fascinated by science
  • Would like to learn more about the latest in science technology
  • Would like to know if a future in science may be for you

What will VISE 2021 involve?

Join like-minded Indigenous students and interact with scientists to learn more about the principles and real-world applications of cutting-edge science, take part in hands-on workshops, and hear presentations exploring current themes in STEM.

As part of the 2021 program, VISE participants will:

  • Receive a deadly t-shirt and some incredible science resources for exciting hands-on workshops
  • Meet a bunch of inspirational First Nations scientists and students making waves in STEM
  • Make a whole bunch of new friends – from across the country!
  • Hear about exciting, cutting-edge research taking place at the University of Melbourne

When is it?

Monday 22 to Friday 26 November – virtually from your home or school!

VISE 2021 will run in a block mode of morning sessions.

What does it cost?

There is no cost to attend VISE.

How to apply

VISE 2021 is open for applications! If you are interested in being part of the experience this year, please complete the VISE 2021 Application Form.

Applications close 14 October.

Further information

For more information contact:

RISE Program Coordinator
Faculty of Science
The University of Melbourne
Telephone: 03 8344 8544

Student experience

This camp has opened up so many pathways that I had never considered previously.  I have met the funniest, intelligent students and mentors. I can’t express enough how amazing and supportive all mentors have been in trying to give us the best possible experience. A fantastic week overall.

Before I came to RISE my expectation was that I wasn't very good at science and thought I was not going to have a good time, but now at the end of it I had so much fun and learnt so many new things and realised that there are so many more different elements to science than I thought.

I thought that we would be doing a lot of individual theory work but everything is hands on and in teams. It was heaps of fun!

Participating organisations