Engage with us

Engage with us

The department highly values its broad engagement with the wider community, including schools, the government sector and industry.

Teachers: School Partnerships Program and Resources

Would you like to have a scientist on call? Would you like your students to interact directly with leading researchers? Would you like to increase your technical knowledge?  

The department engages with local schools through our School's Partnership Program, the Scientists in Schools program and by provision of BOSTES accredited professional development for biology teachers. If you wish to organise a school visit, join our program or wish to pose an idea for teacher professional development please contact the department.

Finally, our department is a major contributor to the variety of events for school students, teachers and parents of prospective students held each year.

School Students: Work experience

Are you interested in biology? But you are unsure what a career in biology looks like? Then why not choose our department to do your work experience. Its best to coordinate this through your careers officer and/or relevant teacher. We offer week long work experience programs for school students. To help us with this we require the timeframe (as far in advance as possible) and what you are interested in. We try our best to provide a broad experience and match interests where possible. To begin the process please contact us.

Bridging Courses

Kick start your Biology career. Our department provides a course to aid in the transition of school students to university. Entitled “The Kick start your technical lab skills” is a two-day workshop for students who are either:

  1. Studying science at Macquarie University but did not study science at HSC level;
  2. Wanting to gain confidence in their technical lab skills;
  3. Wanting a refresher course in technical lab skills.

It is run at the beginning of each year prior to the beginning of the semester (late February) and is primarily tailored towards students enrolling that year but others may apply and have been included in previous editions. This course is part of a suite of bridging courses that are on offer for students wanting to pursue a career in science and engineering

Volunteer with us

The Department of Biological Sciences is always looking for volunteers to assist in research. Volunteering is a great way to get involved in research, make contacts and gain valuable experience. Check out our research groups and their areas.

To enquire about volunteering simply fill out the form below and we’ll put you in touch with our research groups.

Volunteer application form

Find an annual report

See the Department of Biological Sciences annual reports.

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