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.

As a result, RISE 2020 will be taking place as a two-day online event.

What is RISE?

The Residential Indigenous Science Experience (RISE) is traditionally an exciting week-long camp held at the University of Melbourne to engage Year 9 and 10 Indigenous students with science, technology, engineering, and maths (STEM) and inspire you to consider a career in STEM as an option for the future.

In 2020, RISE will be a two-day, exciting virtual Indigenous science experience with hands-on experiments, virtual workshops and a change for students to chat directly with science students and academics from the University of Melbourne.

Who can attend?

RISE 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 RISE involve?

The two-day program will include:

  • Hands-on workshops with science kits provided
  • The chance to meet and carry out activities with other Indigenous students from across Australia
  • Meeting current university student mentors, including current Indigenous students studying science with opportunities to ask about their experience.
  • Hear about exciting, cutting-edge research taking place at the University of Melbourne
  • Virtual tours of world-class research facilities

When is it?

RISE is planned to take place 1 December - 2 December 2020.

What does it cost?

There is no cost to attend RISE. All expenses are covered including science resources needed for hands-on experiments/workshops.

How to apply

Applications for 2020 are now open. Please contact for more information.

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!

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