Peter Doherty Awards for Excellence in STEM Education winners announced

Minister for Education, Minister for Industrial Relations and Minister for Racing The Honourable Grace Grace

Thuringowa State High School Captain Caleb Parker was one of the winners of the Peter Doherty Award - Outstanding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Senior STEM Student.

Queensland schools’ best and brightest in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics have been recognised for their contribution to STEM education in the 2022 Peter Doherty Awards.

Education Minister Grace Grace said the 19th Peter Doherty Awards for Excellence in STEM Education attracted 119 applications from state and non-state schools right across Queensland.

“Each $5000 prize will enable students to continue their STEM studies and hopefully spur them on to even higher achievement in this important field, and encourage future STEM learning and career pathways,” Ms Grace said.

“Careers in STEM are the careers of the future and will make up many of Queensland’s good jobs, supporting better services and great lifestyle in the years to come.

“Of these, 28 applicants were successful across six categories, receiving total prizemoney of $140,000.

“In total 22 student prizes were awarded across the categories of Outstanding senior student, Outstanding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander senior student and Outstanding rural and remote senior student.

“Also recognised were three outstanding teachers and one outstanding STEM support officer.

“Two schools, Vale View State School and Cooran State School round out the 28 prizes awarded.

“I am particularly pleased to note that 20 of the applications came from students who attended the STEM Girl Power Camp in Year 10, with five of them winning awards.

“These camps encourage girls to pursue careers in STEM, offering a five-day experience where students have the opportunity to enrich their skills, visit innovative facilities and learn from industry experts.

“Boosting STEM participation in our schools is the foundation for Queensland continuing to build a highly skilled, inclusive and diverse workforce ready to drive our economic future.”

The Peter Doherty Awards for Excellence in STEM Education are named after the 2019 Australian of the Year and Nobel Prize-winning scientist who was educated at Indooroopilly State High School and the University of Queensland.

For the full list of award winners visit

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