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QASMT student profiles

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Serena ChernSerena Chern

Class: 2018

IB score: 44

Achievements/activities

  • Participated in a QUT STEM Internship with Dr Alison Carey, Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation—The Reproductive Tract Infection and Immunity Project
    • One of the 5 students to experience first-hand research on Chlamydial vaccine development
  • Participated in SPARQ-ed Immersion, 'Dynamic Tumour Heterogeneity in Melanoma Therapy' at the Translational Research Institute, Queensland
    • Learnt about the modelling of melanoma using 3D spheroids and investigated the effectiveness of different drugs
  • Attended the Trinity College Young Leaders Program at the University of Melbourne for the 'Law and Justice' stream
  • Selected for the Australian Individual Debating and Public Speaking Championships
  • Highly commended for the Science Teachers Association of Queensland Science Contest: Mathematical Investigations
  • Scholarship for the UQ Language Immersion for Spanish
  • Caltex All-Rounder award winner
  • Held the post of DaVinci Service Captain
  • Part of the QASMT Volleyball Team and a member of Concert Band and Orchestra
  • Mentor at Young Einstein Club
  • Volunteered at Zonta Club, Vital Connections, Environment Club and Leos Club. I also travelled to Thailand for a dog rescue project.

University / career aspiration

I am passionate about many fields including science, health and humanities. I am hoping to study science or biomedicine in university and I would love to undertake a research project if given the opportunity.

In 10 years from now, I will be happy if I have solidified my passion whether it be as a researcher, health practitioner or simply using science as a profession or hobby.


Nicholas RohlandNicholas Rohland

Class: 2018

IB score: 42

School highlights

  • During my IB studies at QASMT I've been able to develop into a more mature, open-minded, disciplined and conscientious person, thanks to the principles of the IB learner attributes, the rigour of the IB curriculum and the incredibly diverse range of remarkable students at the school.
  • The most valuable thing I've learnt while at the Academy was how much stronger you are as a person than you think. Even under the most intense pressures you always find a way, deep down in yourself to push through, persist and set the bar for yourself even higher, making it much easier to manage a similarly stressful period next time.
  • I feel that my biggest achievement was finishing the final IB exams. I felt an enormous sense of pride in myself for always being persistent, resilient, and strong-willed to give my absolute best efforts, regardless of the outcome.
    Some of my other highlights during my time at the academy include, but are not limited to:
  • Meeting and having such an awesome bunch of teachers and staff.
  • Completing a Certificate II in Sampling and Certificate III in Laboratory Skills at the end of 2016.
  • Winning the 2016 and 2017 TREX team cross triathlon race in Landsborough, Queensland.
  • Participating in the Engineering Ambassadors program in the 2016/17 school year, and in the Mathematics Ambassadors program in the 2017/18 school year.
  • Attending the 2017 USA STEM Tour.
  • Volunteering at the Salvation Army and Brisbane Convoy 4 Kids in November 2017 and December 2017/January 2018 respectively.
  • Attending the National Mathematics Summer School in January 2018
  • Winner of the 'Dux of the Academy' award

University / career aspiration

I'm incredibly passionate, even obsessed, with mathematics and its applications. Whether abstract or applied, it never ceases to amaze me how powerful a tool it is to solve a wide variety of problems.

I aspire to become a researcher or professor of either applied mathematics or physics. My goals are to study a science and mathematics orientated undergraduate degree at university and complete a postgraduate doctorate research thesis.

It always makes me satisfied and thrilled when I'm able to help others and give back to my own community in a beneficial way. I hope, in some way or another, to achieve this in my career and make a positive impact.


Gabrielle WehrGabrielle Wehr

Class: 2018

IB score: 43

School highlights

During my time at QASMT I personally found that there were 2 key factors which made it a genuinely enjoyable journey, where I grew as a learner and as a person. The first was the incredible teachers who were not only highly experienced but also invested endless time and effort into teaching us, giving feedback on internal assessments, marking exams and pushing us to achieve the best we could. I really feel privileged to have been taught by such outstanding, dedicated teachers. The second key factor was the tight-knit, supportive camaraderie among the students that created a strong sense of mutual respect and togetherness.

At QASMT I also thoroughly enjoyed many of the experiences I completed for the CAS program, particularly the numerous volunteering opportunities which I would not have undertaken otherwise. For myself, a big challenge was keeping up the sports I love - particularly rowing and running—in addition to the rigorous school workload, however, I soon learnt that by not procrastinating and by being well-organised it is definitely possible. I continued playing sport right up until the final term of Year 12 including participating in the QASMT Soccer and Basketball teams where we were the undefeated 2018 Basketball Gala Day Premiers; and the memories and friendships forged were definitely another highlight of my time at QASMT.

University / career aspiration

As a career, I would ultimately love to work in biomechanical engineering on projects such as bionic hearts, artificial organs, prosthetics and tissue regeneration. This would not only allow me to combine my love of sport and engineering, but would also mean I can make a truly positive impact on the lives of people who suffer from debilitating conditions. I find this career path very exciting because it is a relatively new field which is expanding rapidly in line with the latest technological advancements. In order to achieve this aspiration, I intend to do a dual Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Engineering (with a dual major between Electrical and Biomedical engineering) at UQ to gain the necessary fundamental knowledge before completing a Masters in Biomechanical Engineering at Heidelberg University in Germany.


Jasmine ChanJasmine Chan

Class: 2018

IB score: 44

School highlights

By studying the IB at QASMT I think I have become more well-rounded. I was given many valuable opportunities that have made me grow as an individual.

Although it was sometimes hard, my friends, family and teachers were always ready to help me. By supporting each other, we were able to pull through the challenging moments and enjoy the process.

  • Attended KVIS Science Fair 2018
  • Lunch with a Scientist Program 2016
  • Placed 3rd in QUT Blueshift Competition
  • Physics Bowl Top Scorer 2017
  • High Distinction ANCQ
  • Placed 2nd in the Science Teachers Association of Queensland Science Contest: Scientific Investigations 2018
  • Leadership: Was a Science Ambassador and then Activity Captain for Da Vinci house
  • Gold Academic Achievement Award in Year 10 and 11, Platinum Award in Year 12
  • Honors Roll 2017
  • Participated in Duke of Edinburgh
  • Activities involved at QASMT: Volleyball Team, Strings Ensemble, Physics Olympiad Club
  • CCA Activities: Debating, Chinese Dance, Badminton
  • Volunteered at the Windsor Elderly Centre, Lifeline Bookfest, Zonta Club

University / career aspiration

I enjoyed the IB Business Management subject and like thinking of creative ways to solve real-life problems in the dynamic business world so I am interested in any profession where I can earn my daily bread doing physics and mathematics.

I am looking to studying either commerce or health related subjects at university to experience as wide a range of fields as possible

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Last reviewed 18 March 2020
Last updated 18 March 2020