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Noah Hinds - Astronomer in the Making

Noah Hinds at UQ Physics Museum
​Noah Hinds at UQ Physics
Annual Astro Conference 2016
Noah Hinds commenced studying with The School of Astronomy & Astrophysics (TSAA) in May, 2015 as an accelerated Yr. 10 student. Noah completed his studies in Astronomy in record time, taking only 7 months to complete the 12-month course whilst achieving at a very high grade.  The University of Southern Queensland (USQ) recognised his outstanding achievements awarding him a Yr. 10 Academic Excellence Award for 2015. 

To broaden his interest and passion for astronomy, Noah committed himself to pursue a Duke of Edinburgh Academic Award in Astronomy and Astrophysics, which left little surprise that he would go on to study Senior Astrophysics - Advanced while in Yr. 11 this year.

In April this year, Noah was only 1 of 4 students nationwide selected to attend professional work experience at Australian National Universities’ (ANU) Research School of Astronomy & Astrophysics, Mt Stromlo Observatory in recognition of his achievements and dedication to studying astronomy. Over a short period of a week, Noah received glowing reports from professional astronomers as he worked on astronomy projects, which included deriving fundamental equations to calculate the distances to nearby galaxies via different techniques, estimating the amount of matter and dark matter in galaxies, and determining the age and expansion of the Universe.

Noah continues to notch up milestones, being selected to attend and participate in the University of Queensland's (UQ) Young Scholar's Program commencing in November, the National Youth Science Forum (NYSF) at ANU in January next year and he is currently applying to participate in the UQ Enhanced Studies program for 2017.

This year, Noah also attended the TSAA Annual Astro Conference and Professional Field Experience week where he had the opportunity to meet and network with professional astronomers from UQ and USQ, along with the opportunity of using research telescopes at Mt Kent Observatories.