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QLD Activities and Prizes

The QLD branch organises activities and gives out prizes each year to support and bring together the members of the QLD branch of the AIP.

University Student Prizes

The QLD Branch supports the Prize for the Most Outstanding Graduating Student in a Physics Major. This prize is open to any undergraduate student completing their first degree in Physics or Physical Sciences at a Queensland University or Tertiary Institution, and is awarded each year. 

Awards are administered by the respective Institution. Staff overseeing prizes on behalf of their Institution should contact the QLD Branch executive committee members in the first instance.

Terms and Conditions of the Prizes can be found here.

Excellence in Physics Teaching Award

2021 QLD Excellence in Physics Teaching Prize winner Graeme George

Each year the QLD branch looks for the Physics Teachers who have made a positive impact to teaching Physics in secondary schools in Queensland.

Nominations are welcomed from both colleagues and past or current students, and are assessed in terms of the teacher's innovative approach to education, engagement with the student cohort and positive impact on the teaching community.

The nomination form can be accessed here.

High School Certificates

Example of certificate

Each year the QLD Branch provides the opportunity for schools to apply for Certificates of Excellence in Physics.

This certificate is awarded to students with a confirmed raw result for internal assessment of 45/50 (90%) or UB Level 7 as of the beginning of Term 4.  The committee’s aim is to make these certificates of achievement available to schools for presentation at the school’s final year 12 assembly or speech night late in term four.

To nominate students, please download the “AIP [School Name] Certificate Mail Merge Spreadsheet”. Please complete this spreadsheet, and save a new copy replacing the words ‘[School Name]’ with the name of your school in the file name. For 2023 please send the Excel spreadsheet to We however need a new volunteer to take over the Certificates of Excellence in Physics. Please contact the Queensland branch chair if you are able to help.

John Mainstone Youth Lecture Tour

The 2022 John Mainstone Youth Lecture Tour lecturer: Dr. Jacinda Ginges from the School of Mathematics and Physics at the University of Queensland.

The John Mainstone Youth Lecture Tour invites an academic to tour the state far and wide, to inspire Queensland High School students and engage them about what a career in science is all about.

Each year a new lecturer is selected to celebrate and share their research around Queensland. If you are interested in being a lecturer, or would like to find out if the lecturer may be able to come to a school near year, please get in touch with the QLD Branch committee members.

The John Mainstone lecture tour has been running for many years in Queensland, and in 2014, was renamed in Honour of Professor John Mainstone.  Professor Mainstone is honoured for his significant contributions to Physics in Queensland, and is also  remembered as the second custodian of the Pitch Drop Experiment, the world's longest running laboratory experiment. Professor Mainstone oversaw the experiment for 52 years.

Women in Physics Lecture Tour  - QLD Leg

The QLD Branch co-ordinates the events for the WIP Lecturer.

If you are interested in proposing a function or host the WIP lecturer please contact the QLD Branch,

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