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TSAA Ambassador - Ms Grace Lawrence

​Grace on Professional Experience Placement - ANU

As a Year 9 student at Atherton State High School, I knew that I liked science, but I didn’t realise what a big part it would play in my life.  I entered the second year of intake into Mr David Platz’s accelerated course in Astronomy and Astrophysics over grades 10 and 11.  As I learned everything from the basics of planetary motion to the details of supernova remnants, I was introduced to a pioneering initiative in the field of science education; The School of Astronomy and Astrophysics (TSAA).

As I progressed through these courses, I was astounded by how it improved my understanding of senior physics and mathematical concepts.  Having explored their real-world applications in astronomy and astrophysics, senior science and maths studies were a breeze.  The learning experience was enhanced by a modern, online approach to self-paced learning on Blackboard.  With lecture notes, tutorial help and online, progressive assessments, these courses cater to every learning style and location and lets everyone move at their own pace, with opportunities for one-on-one help if needed.

Studying these courses gave me the opportunity to communicate and network with industry professionals, world-renowned professors of astrophysics and like-minded young scholars. Hands-on work at real observatories and interacting with scientists from all over the world really solidified the fact that I could turn my passion for science into a career.  

Studying through TSAA played a large part in being accepted into the Professor Harry Messel International Science School 2 week intensive.  Overall the connections that I made helped direct me to Swinburne University in Melbourne, where I have just commenced my tertiary studies.  TSAA’s comprehensive program has also enabled me to connect with established physicists in Melbourne, expanding my professional networks.

These courses have worked wonders and I truly believe that TSAA is at the forefront of moulding the scientists of the future.  I would recommend TSAA courses and activities to any students who have a passion to excel in science; it will change your life and send you ad astra - to the stars!

Grace Lawrence


Undergraduate Science Student

Swinburne University of Technology – Melbourne.