$200 – $400

SPARQed 5-day Senior Research Immersion

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Translational Research Institute

37 Kent Street

Woolloongabba, QLD 4102


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Ever wondered what life as a research scientist would be like? Do you enjoy an intellectual challenge? …performing experiments? …solving complex problems? …analysing data? …and making exciting discoveries? Here’s your opportunity to find out by becoming a scientist in a real research institute for 5 whole days!

In SPARQed research immersions, senior secondary school students from all over Queensland join the research community at the Translational Research Institute to participate in hands-on, biomedical research under the guidance of real scientists. The experience includes interacting with leading researchers, postdoctoral scientists and PhD students, and exposure to cutting-edge research technologies and approaches in the context of a purpose-built, state-of-the-art research facility.

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


  • 9-13 April (Commonwealth Games week) - Years 10, 11 and 12

  • 9-13 July UQ special event - Years 10, 11, and 12 - Residential regional student Immersion (min age 15 years) - accommodation UQ College

  • 17-21 September (Last week of term 3) - Years 10, 11, and 12

  • 24-28 September - Years 10, 11, and 12

  • 2-5 October - Years 10, 11, and 12

  • 3-7 December - Years 10 and 11 only

  • 10-14 December - Years 10 and 11 only

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

University of Queensland - Diamantina Institute - Queensland Government - Translational Research Institute


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

SPARQed research immersions are open to students in Years 10-12

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 provided with lunch 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?


Can I update my registration information?


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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