It was a super interesting and fascinating semi-final where contestants explained to the panel of online judges their ground-breaking science research live. Similar to last year. contestants had only 3 minutes to present to a live panel of judges online, their impressive stories and ongoing research. They used their creativity, humour and inventive brains to get their messages across.
The judges deliberated and agreed that Winner Samantha Nixon from the University of Queensland, Runner-up Adele Pentland, also from the University of Queensland and Nirupama Nammunige as the Wildcard from QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute would go through to the National Finals to be held on Thursday 22 July.
The 2021 semi-finalist winners for Queensland are:
- WINNER: Samantha Nixon, The University of Queensland – Fighting Creepy with Crawly. Due to parasites becoming drug-resistant, research is being done to use the drug-like molecules from spider venom and turn them into anti-parasitic drugs.
- RUNNER UP: Adele Pentland, The University of Queensland – Here be dragons. After the discovery of the most complete new species of pterosaur in Australia, the sky is the limit when it comes to these prehistoric flying reptiles.
- WILDCARD: Nirupama Nammunige, QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute
Watch the videos here and vote for your favourite QLD STEM superstar to be named the Audience Favourite for 2021.