Australia's Chief Scientist presents ISS2011 Len Basser Prize

14 July 2011

Australia's Chief Scientist, Professor Ian Chubb AC, presented Hadleigh Frost from Lincoln High School in Canterbury, New Zealand, with the prestigious Len Basser Prize for Scientific Leadership. Hadleigh was selected from 150 of the world's top secondary school science students who are attending the renowned Professor Harry Messel International Science School (ISS) held in the School of Physics at The University of Sydney from 3-16 July 2011.

Professor Ian Chubb, Hadleigh Frost and Mr Martin Welsh
Professor Ian Chubb, Hadleigh Frost and Mr Martin Welsh

Hadleigh was presented with the Prize at a special University of Sydney ISS2011 Gala Reception held on Wednesday 13 July. Hadleigh's citation read: 'He has intelligence beyond his years, excellence in communicating science to others, enriching the intellectual experiences of others and (given his abilities) has humility'.

A resident from Christchurch, Hadleigh said he was thrilled to win the award, which was established by the Australian Federal Government in 2004 and awarded to the ISS scholar who has shown scientific curiosity and understanding and who has pursued excellence in all they attempt.

The Chief Scientist was very impressed by Hadleigh's accomplishments, saying, "I was delighted to present this important award to Hadleigh. He has a lot of talent, drive and potential and it's comforting to know that its people like Hadleigh who hold the future of the world's science in their hands."

The ISS honours excellence in outstanding science students and aims to encourage the talented scholars to pursue careers in all areas of science. The scholars are very excited about being awarded the scholarships and are enjoying spending their two weeks on the University of Sydney's beautiful campus, learning about the diversity of science while making new friends from different cultures and countries.

The Year 11 and 12 students earned their places at the science education program through competitions, interviews and essays, and have explored everything from photonics to particle physics to astronomy and beyond as part of the ISS2011 which is funded by the Science Foundation for Physics and held in the School of Physics, the University of Sydney.

The ISS scholars attend the free science school from all over Australia, China, India, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Thailand, the UK and the USA and are looking forward to taking part in a variety of science activities and challenges, all planned to honour excellence in these talented students and help them to realise their full scientific potential.

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