Science whiz aiming high

Jasmine Colley will head to the London International Youth Science Forum in July.
Jasmine Colley will head to the London International Youth Science Forum in July. Craig Warhurst

LONDON is calling St Patrick's College's science-loving Jasmine Colley.

The Year 12 student will be the only Queenslander in a group of nine Aussies attending the prestigious London International Youth Science Forum in July.

The physics and maths C student's passion for research and numbers means she's leading her grade in the subjects, which has pushed her to become a standout of about 2000 Australian applicants to attend the London forum.

With just 432 places available in the forum for students of more than 70 countries, the lucky future physicist will get a rare glimpse into some of Europe's leading scientific facilities and network with leading scientists and young minds.

The trip will also be one of the biggest the keen young student has made in her life; last time she hopped a plane overseas, Jasmine was four years old and on her way to New Zealand.

"I'm excited but nervous," Jasmine said.

The annual forum follows Jasmine's attendance at the National Youth Science Forum in Perth in January but before she boards a London-bound plane on July 21, Jasmine will be working to raise $10,000 to fund her trip and is currently seeking local support to help her realise that international dream.

"A chance to attend London is incredible," Jasmine said.

"Getting the chance to experience cutting edge facilities and research, and meeting the scientists involved, will not only be an amazing experience, but give me great insight into my future in science."

With less than a year of high school to go, Jasmine is making plans and eyeing off a bachelor of science with majors in physics and mathematics.

Her favourite area of study is particle physics and she's made an early start at forging the field into the focus of her career, for which trips to London and Europe could well become a regular part of her job.

She said a big passion for science developed once she started high school and things in the science classroom "got exciting". For Jasmine, it seems the excitement is only just beginning.

To help Jasmine get to London, call Tom Colley on 0435 903 600.

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