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October 2017

Science Honours student Rylea McGlusky
Honours student shines light on forest marsupial
31 Oct 2017

A USC Science Honours student who spent long nights in state forest north-west of Gympie searching for the “eye-shines” of Australia’s biggest gliding marsupial has received an Ecological Society of Australia scholarship.

Professor Tim Smith, right, with Ben Preston and Ryan McAllister
USC sustainability research celebrates milestone
31 Oct 2017

The local and global impacts of USC’s Sustainability Research Centre over the past decade have been outlined by its academics, research students and graduates, and partners in the community.

USC Spartan Braedan Jason
Spartans claim top club title at short course championships
31 Oct 2017

USC Spartans have returned with a swag of medals and a number one club ranking from the Hancock Prospecting Australian Short Course Swimming Championships held in Adelaide last week.

 USC Fraser Coast maker space
USC to give young students a vision of the future
30 Oct 2017

A day filled with dream jobs and careers of the future is planned for almost 250 Year 7 and 8 students at USC’s Fraser Coast campus.

Headstart to USC leads to Indonesian experience
30 Oct 2017

When Kaitlin Pepper of Diddillibah signed up for a USC Indonesian language course at age 15, she began a journey that would see her studying in the buzzing Javanese city of Yogyakarta.

Urangan State High School students Rachel Van Herk and Ava Wyatt at the Science Research Awards hosted by USC
Young science stars compete at USC
27 Oct 2017

Innovative young minds from high schools across the Fraser Coast have showcased their scientific skills and knowledge at the 2017 Science Research Awards hosted by USC.

Associate Professor Michael Nagel’s book Understanding Development and Learning: Implications for Teaching
New books outline latest research on how we learn
26 Oct 2017

The latest textbooks by two USC academics who are leaders in the educational and psychological development of children will be launched by Oxford University Press at USC on Thursday 2 November.

Annual USC art exhibition PARADIGM: The shape of things to come
View the shape of things to come at art gallery
25 Oct 2017

The digital design work and commercial graphic portfolios of advanced-level Design students will be on display at the USC Art Gallery until Saturday 18 November.

USC graduate Darren Nelson of Caboolture
Degree helps journalist become school teacher
25 Oct 2017

A former broadcast journalist and editor with a passion for English and History has used a USC double degree to launch a new career in secondary education – teaching English, History and broadcast media.

Nursing Science students from USC’s Gympie campus Antonija Monckton, Laura Keldoulis, Emma Kendall and Amanda Keldoulis.
USC Nursing students to deliver care in Indonesia
24 Oct 2017

USC Nursing Science student Emma Kendall hopes to make a lasting impact on rural villagers from the Indonesian island of Java when she takes part in the University’s first accredited international nursing placement.

Dr Greg Watson
Satisfy thirst for knowledge at pub lectures
23 Oct 2017

USC is taking science and research into Fraser Coast pubs as part of a free ‘Raising the Bar’ public lecture series.

Professor Mary Katsikitis
USC Psychology celebrates top national ranking
23 Oct 2017

The overall experience of students in USC’s Psychology program has been ranked the best of all public universities in Australia.

USC Fraser Coast Nursing student Jeannie Fortune
USC student takes to the skies with Flying Doctors
19 Oct 2017

USC Fraser Coast Nursing student Jeannie Fortune has ended her studies on a high with a clinical placement as a flight nurse with the Royal Flying Doctors Service.

Two-stroke tear down
Aspiring engineers yabba, dabba, doo prehistoric golf machine challenge
19 Oct 2017

USC Mechanical Engineering students have been set an interesting stone-age challenge of creating the best ‘Flintstones-era’ putting machine.

USC Director of Vocal Arts Suzanne Kompass
Opera to Broadway on menu for lunchtime treats
19 Oct 2017

Two lunchtime performances by USC’s first Director of Vocal Arts Suzanne Kompass are set to provide a taste of what is to come when the University introduces a major in Music at the start of next year.

Associate Professor Terry Lucke discusses hydrology with a USC Engineering student
USC academic named Engineers Australia Fellow
18 Oct 2017

USC Engineering academic Associate Professor Terry Lucke has been named as a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia.

Graduate Nathan Spann. Photo by Reed Graduation Services
Caboolture boilermaker changes career to become engineer
17 Oct 2017

Former Caboolture boilermaker Nathan Spann is working as a site engineer on a multi-million-dollar housing project at Bokarina after completing a degree at the University of the Sunshine Coast.

Dr Jacqueline Caskey and Dr Peter Innes. Photo: Reed Graduation Services
PhD’s special meaning for graduate with dyslexia
16 Oct 2017

Minyama resident Jacqueline Caskey says her new USC Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is double proof that students with dyslexia can achieve extraordinary goals if they have determination and the support of their educational institution.

USC will introduce Medical Science in 2018
USC to introduce Medical Science degree
16 Oct 2017

The University of the Sunshine Coast will offer a Bachelor of Medical Science for the first time in Semester 1, 2018.

USC Gympie student Kierra Jones
USC Gympie student is a future education leader
13 Oct 2017

A USC Gympie student with a keen interest in teaching in Aboriginal communities has been recognised as a potential future leader in rural and remote education.

USC international student  Ghiuwon Kim from South Korea
Career switch has Ghiuwon flying high at USC
13 Oct 2017

A quest for a rewarding new career and a fascination for Fraser Island were the catalysts for a remarkable life change for international USC student Ghiuwon Kim from South Korea.

USC library.
Eye-catching USC buildings to open to public
12 Oct 2017

Six stunning USC buildings will go on display to the public on Saturday 21 October as part of the Sunshine Coast Open House program.

Shane Connelly of Maroochydore used to earn a USC Business degree despite setbacks associated with multiple disabilities.
Graduate was ‘never held back’ by disabilities
12 Oct 2017

‘Little by little’ was the mantra that inspirational graduate Shane Connelly of Maroochydore used to earn a USC Business degree despite setbacks associated with multiple disabilities.

Dr Celine Frere and Dr Romane Cristescu with detection dog ‘Baxter'.
USC academics lead establishment of conservation dog network
12 Oct 2017

Two USC academics have been instrumental in establishing an Australian-first network of organisations that use dogs for environmental work.

Suberia Clemmensen from USC's Indigenous Service and USC graduate Helen Drake
Fraser Coast graduate aims to work in child safety
11 Oct 2017

The first Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander graduate from USC’s Fraser Coast campus is building a career to improve the lives of vulnerable children

USC graduate Janet Lee.
USC Creative Arts graduate wins $10,000 state award and book publication
11 Oct 2017

A Gympie resident who this year graduated from the University of the Sunshine Coast with a Doctor of Creative Arts (DCA) has won a Queensland Literary Award for the historical fiction draft novel she wrote in five months.

Dumped tomatoes
Tomato waste at rotten levels: USC study
11 Oct 2017

Supermarket demands for premium, unblemished fruit and vegetables are contributing to alarming waste in Queensland’s tomato growing industry, according to a USC study.

Graduates: standing Kate Eagles and Denise Brooks, seated Robin Archbold and Joshua Wildie
Master graduates publish first anthology
10 Oct 2017

The seeds of creative writing success have been sown in a new book published by USC’s first cohort of Master of Professional Practice (Creative Writing) graduates.

USC Professor of Cybersecurity David Lacey.
USC students help develop cyber first aid kit
10 Oct 2017

Two USC Design students will today attend the launch in Sydney of a Cyber First Aid Kit that they helped develop while on placement with national identity and cybercrime support service IDCARE.

USC Law student Jessica Popple, whose efforts to promote equality in the legal field has seen her named as a Law Student of the Year finalist at the 2017 Women in Law awards.
USC student shortlisted for Women in Law award
10 Oct 2017

A USC student’s efforts to promote equality in the legal field has seen her named as a Law Student of the Year finalist at the 2017 Women in Law awards.

Criminology graduate Cody Smith and Professor Tim Prenzler. Photo: Reed Graduation Services
Cody is USC’s first Criminology graduate
5 Oct 2017

A former Mundubbera schoolboy who discovered a passion for examining the criminal justice system is USC’s first Bachelor of Criminology and Justice graduate.

USC student Davide Di Mauro, 33, who will step straight into the research laboratories of the CSIRO when he finishes his Environmental Science studies next month.
Science student lands climate internship at CSIRO
4 Oct 2017

When USC student Davide Di Mauro finishes his Environmental Science studies next month, he will step straight into the research laboratories of the CSIRO.

USC Gympie student Kathleen Pitt
Former day care operator gains academic success
3 Oct 2017

A former Family Day Care business operator who believed for years that a university education was out of reach is now achieving top grades in an Early Childhood Education degree at USC Gympie.

USC’s bronze medal winning cheer and dance squad.
Five-medal haul for USC at Australian Uni Games
3 Oct 2017

USC has achieved its best result at the Australian University Games, picking up five medals and finishing sixth on the per capita rankings after a week of tough competition on the Gold Coast.