The QCE Award winners
The QCE Award winners
21 February 2017

The University of Queensland is the university of choice for more than half of Queensland’s top performing secondary school students.

19 of 34 Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) Award winners will start at UQ this week.

The awards recognise and reward Queensland’s top students for outstanding academic achievement in their senior studies.

UQ Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Teaching and Learning) Professor Doune Macdonald said it was a pleasure to witness the excitement and enthusiasm of these new university students.

“These students are predominantly entering science, biomedicine and medicine and engineering,” Professor Macdonald said.

“UQ is thrilled to be able to guide these award-winning school-leavers through this next phase of their lives, and we are very committed to their future learning.”

Professor Macdonald said she was pleased that the recipient of the QCE Highest Achievement by an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Student award, Kyle Ryan from Glenala State High School, had chosen to study at UQ.

Kyle Ryan“Kyle is a delightful, enthusiastic student who says he feels very much at home with his choice to study science, and is ambitious to follow on with Medicine at UQ,” she said.

The University of Queensland welcomed more than 14,000 new students this week.

“As a world top-50, research-focused university, UQ is perennially in strong demand from undergraduate students,” Professor Macdonald said.


UQ students:

  • Callum Young from Caboolture State High School plans to study a Bachelor of Biomedical Science, then a Doctor of Medicine and has been awarded a UQ Vice-Chancellor's Scholarship
  • Eloise Browne from Brisbane State High School will be studying a Bachelor Maths/Science dual degree at UQ, majoring in pure maths and physics
  • Hainian Yu from Brisbane Boys’ College has been offered a UQ merit scholarship and will study a Bachelor of Music (Honours), followed by a Medical Degree 
  • Jacob White from Brisbane Boys’ College Plans to study medicine at UQ and was offered a UQ Vice-Chancellor's Scholarship
  • Jacob Connors from West Moreton Anglican College has been offered a UQ scholarship to study a dual degree in Engineering/Arts
  • Jessemin Firman from John Paul College wants to study Medicine at UQ and developed an interest in anatomy through art
  • Kyle Ryan from Glenala State High School will be attending UQ to study Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours).  Received a UQ Young Achiever's Scholarship. 
  • Lachlan Masek from Brisbane Grammar School has achieved provisional entry into a Doctor of Medicine at UQ and will commence Bachelor of Science.  Received Sydney Scholars Award 
  • Lokman Lo from Somerset College will be studying Medicine at UQ
  • Madeline Nurcombe from Cannon Hill Anglican College received a UQ Vice-Chancellor's scholarship to study a Bachelor of Mathematics and Bachelor of Science 
  • Natasha Traves from Genesis Christian College will be undertaking a dual degree in Mathematics and Biomedical Science and received the UQ Vice-Chancellor's Scholarship
  • Nicholas Sheppard from Brisbane Grammar School wants to study an Engineering-Biotech dual degree at UQ
  • Nikita Noon from Park Ridge State High School has been accepted into Vet Science at UQ Gatton and has always wanted to be a vet. 
  • Ou Yu from Brisbane State High School will be studying Bachelor of Science, majoring in biomedicine, then medicine at UQ
  • Patrick Litchfield from St Laurence’s College has been accepted into a Doctor of Medicine course at UQ and received a UQ Merit Scholarship
  • Sophie Watson from Somerville House has received provisional entry into UQ's Doctor of Medicine program and a UQ Merit Scholarship and will be studying a Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours) as undergraduate degree
  • Tristan Hurree from St Joseph's College, Gregory Terrace will be studying Medicine at UQ
  • William Fogg from Atherton State High School is taking a gap year in 2017.  Has applied to study Engineering and Science at UQ and has received a UQ Vice-Chancellor's Scholarship
  • Bella Zhong from All Saints Anglican School wants a career in medicine and has received UQ and University of Melbourne scholarships

You can see all QCE Achievement Award winners here.

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