Liloma Qorbani and Felix Barton.

Six Year 11 students from Bendigo Senior Secondary College will attend the prestigious National Youth Science Forum during their summer break in January.

BSSC’s successful applicants are Felix Barton, Eve Gray, Caitlin Jackson, Zac Llewellin, Hayden Parrott and Liloma Qorbani.

NYSF brings together the cream of the scientific community with the most enthusiastic future Australian scientists in programs held at Canberra’s ANU and Brisbane’s UQ.

“As soon as I heard about it, I had to apply,” Hayden said.

“I am planning to study biomedical science and become a biomedical engineer, so this is a perfect opportunity for me.”

Liloma is planning to study a Bachelor of Aviation and become a pilot.

“My favourite subject is maths and I heard about NYSF through my advisor,” she said.

“For me it’s an opportunity to see inside the different science fields. I’m not sure yet what I want to do long-term.”

Felix feels similarly. “I have lots of interests but particle physics and chemistry are favourites,” he said.

Students are in residence for 12 days and take part in workshops, visit laboratories, listen to lectures, participate in group activities and enjoy some great social activities.

“It’s a chance to find out about careers I haven’t even considered,” Zac said.

Sponsored by the combined Rotary Clubs of Bendigo, the selection process takes around six months and involves applications and a number of interviews.