Tuesday 6 until Thursday 8 July

Sessions run from 9AM - 3.30PM.

In July we will be still be relaxing our usual refund policy to accommodate for the uncertainty caused by COVID in Australia.  If at any time before or during the program you need to withdraw your child because of their health or the health of a family member, or if at any time you are instructed to self-isolate so testing can be conducted, you will receive a full refund. 

Listed below is the selection criteria for any student wishing to attend the GERRIC Student Programs. It is the responsibility of the parent and/or caregiver to read the below and make sure that the student meets the criteria.

Qualifying selection criteria for the Junior Scientia or Scientia Challenge program (at least ONE of the following):

  • Scored at or above the 95th percentile (I.Q. 125+) on an individual or group I.Q. test; or scored at or above the 95th percentile on a subscale (e.g. verbal or performance) of an individual I.Q. test
  • Scored at or above the 95th percentile on a standardised test of achievement in any academic subject area
  • Scored within the top band on the NAPLAN in any subject area
  • Gained placement in a full time, self-contained class for academically gifted students (e.g. Opportunity Classes in NSW Schools)
  • Obtained an academic scholarship of some description
  • Gained a Distinction or High Distinction in the Australian Schools Science or English Competitions, the Australian Primary Mathematics Competition, or the International Competitions and Assessments for Schools (ICAS) tests (any subject)
  • A letter from the school confirming that the student's academic potential in any/all subject areas is within the top 5% of the student population

In addition, all students are expected to be able to behave in a manner that respects the safety and learning needs of others.

Those applying for a scholarship or advanced placement must submit proof of meeting the selection criteria. Other applicants do not have to formally submit or supply copies or proof of the selection criteria; however, you must be able to supply proof to GERRIC upon request.

Program fees are $425 per student. This price covers the whole three days of the program and is inclusive of GST.

Payment can only be made by credit card using our online payment system (Eventbrite), which will only occur during the registration process. Please have your payment ready for 25 November.

If you are experiencing financial difficulty we encourage you to apply for a scholarship. Some students also seek sponsorship independently from their schools or local businesses or community organisations. 

Each workshop run for the full three days and content is cumulative. Each student is only placed in ONE workshop per season (January or July), which lasts for the whole three days.

There are three scholarships available for families with financial hardship: the Lauren Kipic Memorial Scholarship (available in January only), the Tim Huang Scholarship (available in July only), and the Professor Miraca Gross Scholarship (available in January and July for sponsorship for EITHER session, not BOTH). These cover the workshop fees. The student’s family is responsible for travel and all other associated costs.

Click here for more information on how to apply for a scholarship.

Most families opt for the higher level when a student's year at school falls on the cusp between one or more of our designations.

e.g. a student who will start Year 3 the following February is eligible to apply for the Year 3-4 workshops, and a student who will start Year 5 the following February is eligible to apply for the Year 5-6 workshops.

However, if the topic of a workshop in the lower bracket is particularly appealing to a student, or if a parent believes that level to be more socially appropriate for their child, they may apply for a workshop at that level.

e.g. a student who has just finished Year 4 may apply for a Year 3-4 workshop if desired.

"Scientia" means "knowledge" in Latin, and is part of the UNSW motto Scientia Manu et Mente, "knowledge by hand and mind." The GERRIC Junior Scientia and Scientia Challenge programs offer workshops on a range of subjects, from science to art, literature, music and new technologies.

All GERRIC staff, both teaching and non-teaching, have Working With Children Checks and anaphylaxis response training. The GERRIC Coordinator is certified in First Aid and CPR. UNSW Security is alerted to the presence of the students on campus, and all students wear name tags throughout the programs with emergency contact numbers and instructions in case they or others they may encounter on campus need to contact the GERRIC coordinator. Students are always kept with their group and should not ever be alone on the campus (they visit the toilet in pairs or with one of the classroom assistants). Students must bring their lunches and are not allowed to visit campus eateries.

Students may only leave at the end of the day with a parent or guardian. If you would like to arrange alternative pickup or drop-off arrangements for your child, please indicate this on your application form or email gerric@unsw.edu.au.

All programs take place from 9am - 3:30pm, at the UNSW Kensington Campus.

While many of the programs, particularly for younger children, are concentrated in one building, other workshops take place in various buildings across campus in order to take advantage of science and computer labs, music and recording studios, and other specialised equipment needs. 

We recognise that navigating the campus can be difficult, so we have central drop-off and pick-up locations. GERRIC presenters, student leaders and staff then take students to and from their workshops. There are typically 2 central locations, so please check the Parent and Carer handbook in advance to make sure you know where to go for your child's workshop.

We encourage families to plan ahead knowing that multiple siblings or friends with whom you may be carpooling may have students placed in different workshop locations. GERRIC staff are happy to wait with students if it takes you a little extra time to pick up students from multiple locations. This is best arranged in advance by communicating with GERRIC staff, for the safety of all students and to ensure we know where every student is at all times.

Parking is always a challenge at universities and UNSW is no exception; we encourage you to use public transit if possible.

Please click here for a list of accommodation options we have compiled.

Get in touch!

T: 9385 1972 

E: gerric@unsw.edu.au