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 is proud to present the 11th 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 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 2022 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 2022 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
  • Tour the sights of Melbourne

When is it?

Monday 5 December to Friday 9 December 2022.

What does it cost?

There is no cost to attend RISE.

How to apply

RISE 2022 is open for applications! If you are interested in being part of the experience this year, please complete the Application Form.

Applications close 14 October 2022.

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