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SPARQed 2-day Junior Research Immersion

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Translational Research Institute

37 Kent Street

Woolloongabba, QLD 4102

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SPARQ-ed 2-day Junior Research Immersions are aimed at providing Year 6-9 students from all over Queensland an opportunity to explore concepts and use techniques not normally covered in a school science laboratory.

This year, our theme will be the use of fluorescent proteins in Cell and Molecular Biology. Students will express Green Fluorescent Protein (GFP) in bacterial or mammalian cells, purify the protein by ion-exchange chromatography, and analyse the protein by SDS Polyacrylamide Gel Electrophoresis (SDS-PAGE). They will also perform DNA plasmid extraction from bacteria by alkaline lysis, followed by analysis of the purified DNA by agarose gel electrophoresis. Mammalian cells expressing GFP will also be examined by fluorescence microscopy.

The programs are conducted in the SPARQ-ed teaching laboratory, a PC2 rated facility located on the ground floor of the Translational Research Institute in Woolloongabba, Brisbane. Each one is developed and supervised by the SPARQ-ed teacher-scientists in conjunction with researchers from the University of Queensland’s Diamantina Institute.

Students from regional Queensland or schools with an ICSEA (Index of Community Socio-Educational Advantage) rating of 950 may be eligible for a scholarship.

For more details, please visit the SPARQed website at https://di.uq.edu.au/sparq-ed/middle or email SPARQed at sparqed@uq.edu.au

FAQs

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

SPARQed 2-day Junior Research Immersions are open to students in Years 6-9

What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

The TRI is located on the Princess Alexandra Hospital campus and is easily accessible by public transport (buses and trains). Detailed information is available at the SPARQed website: https://di.uq.edu.au/sparq-ed


What are the dress requirements?

The SPARQed laboratory is a PC2 facility, which means students must wear completely closed shoes covering the feet up to the ankles. Long hair must also be tied back off the face and neatly secured.


Will food be provided?

Participating students are required to bring their own lunch but will be provided with fruit and snacks.


How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

For more information, please email us at sparqed@uq.edu.au

What's the refund policy?

A full refund is available in the event of an unforeseeable circumstance that prevents a student attending the immersion. Please contact SPARQed at sparqed@uq.edu.au if this applies to you.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No

Can I update my registration information?

Yes

Is my registration fee or ticket transferrable?

Yes. Please contact us at sparqed@uq.edu.au if you decide to transfer your ticket to another immersion.

Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn't match the person who attends?

No. Attendees will be identified by the name under which they registered. No admittance will be provided to attendees who have not registered.


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Translational Research Institute

37 Kent Street

Woolloongabba, QLD 4102

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