Regional Science Exchange

Updated: June 2017

Year 10 students from regional Victorian schools with a passion for science are invited to John Monash Science School (JMSS) for a 3-week block to attend classes with JMSS students, visit Monash University for science workshops, and experience Melbourne.

Students study Emerging Sciences in fields such as:

  • Nanoscience and Nanotechnology;
  • From Cells to Systems (Biomedical Science including Stem-cell technology);
  • Our Dynamic Earth (Geosciences);
  • From Logic to Magic (Enhanced Mathematics);
  • Bioinformatics (Decoding the Genome);
  • Imaging Science;
  • Analytical and Spectroscopic Science;
  • From Quarks to Quasars (Astrophysics); and
  • Pharmaceutical Science. 

Students can either bring your own device (BYOD) or work with laptops and iPads provided on loan during your visit as part of JMSS’s Multi Device Learning Program. Students will return to JMSS to present Emerging Science projects to peers, parents, teachers and academics at our annual Science Fair in October.

The Program fee is $490, payable by families and/or schools, and students will need to organise transport to and from Melbourne. Students will stay with JMSS families, and will have a JMSS buddy. Students will be provided with a JMSS school uniform jumper, and may borrow a myki to catch public transport during their stay.

Teacher Professional Development (2 days or 5 days) is also included as part of the experience, for regional teachers to spend time at JMSS working with team teachers, developing curriculum and presenting cutting-edge science. 

Applications open in February 2018 for Year 10 students in 2018. All Victorian government schools are welcome to apply, and the final number of places offered will be determined by available homestays.

Dates and Resources for 2018

Expressions of interest are now open for the program in 2018. Applications will open in February 2018. Dates (to be confirmed): 

  • Term 2, Weeks 3, 4 and 5;
  • or Term 3, Weeks 2, 3 and 4. 

Program fee: $490.

Students attend JMSS for a 3-week block, then will continue their research projects at home, returning to present their posters at our annual Science Fair in October 2018.

Dates and Resources for 2017

Term 2, Weeks 4, 5 and 6 - Sunday 7th to Friday 26th May, 2017. 

Students attend JMSS for a 3-week block, then will continue their research projects at home, returning to present their posters at our annual Science Fair on Monday 30th October 2017.

JMSS Acceptable Use of IT policy (PDF 1.2MB).

Monash University IT policy (PDF 70KB).

Homestay families

Monash University Workshops

Challenges and Personal Outcomes

Selection Criteria

Applications for Year 10 students in 2017 are now closed. Applications for 2018 will open in February 2018.

2017 Information Pack (PDF 128KB).

The program is for Year 10 students who have talent, interest, curiosity and enthusiasm in the areas of Science, Mathematics and/or Technology. Apply directly to your Science teacher.

  • Students - describe your interest in science/maths/technology in a maximum of one A4 typed page. 
  • Students - describe in 200 words or less how you will use this opportunity back in your school and/or home town after the experience is over, or how it might impact your future subject or career choices. 
  • Students - if you are studying any VCE (Year 11 and 12 subjects) in Year 10, please list them and approximately how much work will be required during your 3-week block.
  • Please consider and list any possible issues regarding being away from home for 3 weeks, eg: part-time work, sporting commitments, experience staying away from home.
  • Teachers - a summary of students’ academic performance over the period Year 7- 9 with particular reference to science, mathematics and technology capabilities.  Please comment on student potential and the value of the program to the student and school. Maximum of one A4 typed page.
  • Geographical location of students’ homes and schools attended will also be considered.
  • Indigenous students are encouraged to apply.

For more information please email media@jmss.vic.edu.au.

Student reflections from 2014

Student reflections from 2013