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Here are opportunities to see the world (bits of it anyway) at someone else's expense.

Schools Ambassadors - selecting in March - April

Each year the Division of Sciences sponsors students returning home for their mid-semester break. The students arrange to visit their old school, to talk about studying Sciences at Otago. This contact with their old school may vary from a 5 minute talk to the full school assembly to an informal meeting for a half hour over the lunch break. It depends on what the school wants really.

We like to send 2nd and 3rd year students who have had experience in a residential college, and now flatting as well. Training is given by the Schools Liaison Office and Divisional Staff, letters of introduction to schools (to demonstrate that the students are bona fide representatives of Otago) and resources are provided. Payment consists of travel costs being covered, up to $300, when the Ambassador's report is submitted. GST receipts must be provided.

Applications need to be signed by a lecturer from your department and forwarded to the Division of Sciences by 5pm on the 13th of April.

The application should include the school you would like to visit, why you think you'd be a good ambassador, your academic transcript, and your CV. We look forward to hearing from you.

Download the Application form and an Information Sheet.

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Science Fair judges - postgraduate students: recruiting from May

Between July and November, Intermediate and Secondary schools around New Zealand exhort their students to participate in the regional Science fairs, which are co-ordinated by the Royal Society of New Zealand.

The Division of Sciences offers prizes for best Application of Scientific Method for Senior Students at 13 of these regional Fairs, and we send postgraduate students out to judge them. Students usually judge a fair in their home region, so accommodation costs are not covered. Your air travel is covered (length of stay is at the discretion of the student judge), and some other reimbursement of travel costs may be considered.

The prize being awarded at the Science Fair consists of a place at Hands-On at Otago, as well as covering travel costs to and from Dunedin. (Hands-On at Otago is a week- long science camp for senior secondary students)

The judges present the prize, giving a brief description of Hands-On at Otago and extolling the virtues of Otago. Sometimes, there is also the opportunity to outline the postgrad's own research, which is very encouraging.

Full briefing is given, and contact with the Regional Science Fairs is managed by University Staff.

When selecting judges, preference is given to those students who are heading home, as no accomodation costs are covered. If you would like to be considered as a Regional Science Fair judge, please contact Sandra Copeland at

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Hands-On at Otago Student Helpers - seniors and postgraduates.

Each January approximately 400 teenagers ranging from 15 to 18 years old, descend on Otago for a week of Serious Fun. It's called Hands-On at Otago, and it neatly achieves a number of things: it gives senior secondary students the chance to work on university level research projects, with a particularly hands-on experimental nature. They also get to hang out with other young people who enjoy learning stuff, which is remarkably important, especially if you come from a small school where there are fewer like-minded souls.

It is a very successful marketing tool as many of those students end up coming to Otago to study. It is also useful as scholarships for Māori, Pasifika and disabled students open doors to young people who might never have considered tertiary study an option.

So where do you come in? Well these students come and live in a residential college for a week, and on each floor we need…. a student helper or two. The student helpers provide peer support, supervision, and also co-ordinate the social programme which is very full.

It's also heaps of fun. And we have some people on campus who have come to Hands-On at Otago as secondary students, then a few years later turned up as Student Helpers, then as senior postgrads helped to run projects, and now head up projects…

This one actually pays money, ($650 or more which is roughly equivalent to a week of a summer studentship) as well as offering full board and more fun than you can shake a stick at (also a week's worth of sleep deprivation at no extra cost).

Student helpers for Hands-On at Otago 2019 will be selected later in the year, but you can express interest any time. Feel free to contact Sandra Copeland ( and find out more.

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(OUASSA) Student Helpers & Mentors

In January and July every year the OUASSA hosts 60 Year 13 high achieving science students from all over New Zealand, for a one week intensive science camp on Otago campus. The students live at Arana residential college for the week.

Our student helpers (seniors and postgraduates), or `Greenshirts’, help the week run smoothly by:

  • Providing logistical support for the science programme
  • Providing supervision, peer support and mentoring for the students
  • Designing and co-ordinating the week’s all important social programme

Although the days are long, sleep deprivation is not part of the plan. In fact, you are obliged to have at least 6 hours sleep every night if driving a vehicle the next day. It’s also heaps of fun and a great opportunity to share your passion for science and encourage these bright young minds as they enter their last year of High School. And you get paid: $650 base rate (Equivalent to a week of a summer studentship) And full board for the week.

If you are interested in helping out with our January and/or July camps Please Contact: Steve Broni - Director, Otago University Advanced School Sciences Academy.

Tel 64 3 479 9204 or email

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Science Notes

Science Notes is an initiative from the SNAP committee. We're looking for postgrad students from various departments to be interviewed about their research for a fortnightly programme on Thursday evenings, on Otago Access Radio (

The interviews are interspersed with the student's favourite music, and each programme is repeated the following Thursday evening. If you want to be included in this year's line-up, contact Dr Dave McMorran in the Department of Chemistry by email

Find out more about SNAP and its activities.

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