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.

What is RISE?

The University of Melbourne is proud to present the 12th annual Residential Indigenous Science Experience! This 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.

Who can attend RISE?

RISE is open to all Year 9 and 10 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander 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
  • learn about the deadly innovation and inventions of First Nations STEM knowledges

RISE 2023

What will RISE 2023 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 2023 program, RISE 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
  • Get to stay on campus like a University of Melbourne student

When is it?

Sunday 26 November to Friday 1 December 2023.

What does it cost?

There is no cost to attend RISE.

How to apply

RISE 2023 applications closed Friday 1 September.

Further information

For more information contact:

RISE Program Coordinator
Faculty of Science
The University of Melbourne
Telephone: 03 8344 4225

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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