Congratulations to Year 12’s Joseph Willian who is a recipient of a highly prestigious Peter Doherty Award for Excellence in STEM Education.

The Peter Doherty Awards for Excellence in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Education recognise students, teachers, support officers, schools and education partners (volunteers, mentors and organisations) who demonstrate an outstanding and innovative contribution to STEM education in Queensland.

The awards take their name from Nobel Laureate Professor Peter Doherty AC, co-recipient of the 1996 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine and 1997 Australian of the Year.

The winners were announced by the Minister for Education and Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games, the Honourable Kate Jones, at the Queensland Academy for Science Mathematics and Technology, to help celebrate National Science Week.

‘The 30 recipients of the 2015 Peter Doherty Awards for Excellence in STEM Education include 20 Year 12 students,’ she said.

‘They represent some of the very brightest and best of our current crop of science, mathematics and technology students. The Peter Doherty Awards are a valuable and distinguished award recognising those who excel in STEM learning and teaching. I congratulate all who applied – their initiative demonstrates that STEM education has a bright future as we prepare our young people for the challenges of tomorrow.’

Joseph was part of the CHAC team that participated recently in the finals of the International Space Settlement Design Competition, at the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida.