Chemistry at USC

Royal Australian Chemical Institute – Chemical Analysis Competition (Titration Competition)

Twelve teams, each of three members, from the Year 12 chemistry cohort entered in the RACI Titration Competition as part of the schools phase held during Term 2 Open Day. It was fantastic to see so many enthusiastic chemists present for the event. Teams were highly successful during this round, with six teams progressing to the State round of the competition. Held on a Saturday morning over at the Reid building at the beginning of term 3, three of our teams were successful at the pointy end of the competition in securing a spot at the National finals. At this level of competition one single drop of solution can make the difference between success and elimination. After a small amount of reshuffling, three teams competed again at the Reid building with students from around the nation to receive and three gold medals and six silver medals for their outstanding performance. I would like to thank all students for showing the initiative and enthusiasm to participate in this extra-curricular activity for Chemistry.

I must also thank Carolyn Woods for her tireless efforts in the preparation of reagents and equipment, and Simon Sypek for his ongoing support in the competition.

National Teams:

  1. Christopher, Andrew, (Amy- unable to attend), Lewy
  2. Emma, Annika l, (Michael – unable to attend), Kira
  3. Anthony, Galina, Celia

Glen Arthur



National Youth Science Forum

Congratulations to Year 11 students Claire and Mateusz on their acceptance to an opportunity of a lifetime – the National Youth Science Forum! We also acknowledge other Year 11 Science students who took on the challenge of applying. Acceptance to the forum, held at ANU in January, brings together a collection of the nations inspired young science STEM minds in an opportunity to meet likeminded students, be mentored by leading scientists and industry leaders, consolidate a potential future trajectory for study, and in some instances secure opportunities for future scholarships.

Claire and Mateusz must be congratulated for progressing through the rounds of quite challenging interviews, before final selection by Rotary at a local and state level.

After an orientation day, meeting at government house, and the odd bit of fundraising they will be off to Canberra in January and we can’t wait to hear of their adventures.

Glen Arthur & Zahra Pirvali on behalf of the Science Faculty


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