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 the 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.
Scoop a Poop: Citizens tackle antibiotic resistance in the wild
Want to be a citizen scientist and take part in a scientific research project? Then you can help out with the Scoop a Poop project.
We are looking for schools and community groups to help us locate antibiotic resistance in the wild, using possum poop collected from your own backyard or area. We will visit your school or group and provide an information session about antibiotic resistance. We will also show you how to use a scientific sample collection kit (the Scoop a Poop kit) which we will then provide to your group. Once you collect and submit your possum sample you can then track the results of your sample’s tests and see how you have helped research on antibiotic resistance in the Australian environment.
Already participating in Scoop a Poop? Check out our FAQs page or look for your sample results here.
School Students: Work experience
The Department of Biological Sciences at Macquarie University offers competitively-selective work-experience placements for students in our partner schools. Students are competitively selected by each high school’s science teachers for these placements (please contact Jenny Ghabache for application details). In this diverse program we offer students a range of work place activities within research laboratories, as well as work experience in a range of teaching and research facilities in the department (e.g. the Biological Sciences Museum, The Arboretum, The Plant Growth Facility, and working with Technical and Fieldwork Officers).
In 2019 we have two work experience placement weeks, which are competitively selected, on the following dates:
- Monday, 8th April - Friday 12th April - (9 am - 4.00 pm),
- Monday, 18th November - Friday 22nd November - (9 am - 4.00 pm)
Students can register their interest in participating in our work experience placement at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/mqbiologywe
Students need the following information and documents ready:
- School Career Advisor's/Work Experience Coordinator's name and contact email,
- One-page resume/C.V. (Word or PDF format),
- Scanned copy of proof of identity (student card, proof of age card or drivers licence),
- Should have read our research page to see which of our research groups best suit the student's interests.
When Research Laboratory leaders are available, one-off work experience placements can be arranged for excellent students who have a strong desire to work in a particular research laboratory in the Department of Biological Sciences. Please contact Jenny Ghabache for application details.
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 inquire about volunteering simply fill out the form below and our research groups will get in touch with you.