UK BOUND: Cath Bowler, 17, of Rosebank, is to attend the annual International Youth Science Forum .
UK BOUND: Cath Bowler, 17, of Rosebank, is to attend the annual International Youth Science Forum . Sue Gardiner

Byron student chosen for UK science forum

BYRON Bay High School's Cath Bowler is one of just eight Australians and 350 international students chosen to attend the annual International Youth Science Forum in London in July.

The 17-year-old Rosebank resident has been selected to attend from 500 Australian students who applied.

The forum is a two-week residential event held at the Imperial College London which includes demonstrations and talks from leading scientists. There are also behind-the-scenes visits to world-class laboratories and universities like Oxford and Cambridge as well as research centres and scientific institutions.

There's also a strong social component with excursions and tours of landmarks.

Such is the prestige of the forum that was founded in 1959, that many past participants report that it's a very impressive attribute to have on your CV when applying for university places and jobs.

Cath, who is studying chemistry, physics and biology for her HSC, says the endorsement of her science teachers Stephen Hawkins and Christopher Parkes played a large role in her selection.

She was also assessed via her engagement and interaction at a national science forum in Canberra.

"It's going to be mind-blowing," she said.

Cath is looking for sponsorship to help pay for the $12,000 cost of the forum.



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