20 years of the Talented Student Program

The Talented Student Program began formally in 1993 to offer students the opportunity to study additional challenging material that would count as credit towards their Science degree. The first intake of students in 1993 consisted of 18 commencing students and now, 20 years on, after steady growth, the program comprises a total of 280 TSP students across all undergraduate science degree stages, with more than half of these being commencing first year TSP students.

Initially offering only a handful of subjects in select disciplines, the TSP now offers students a selection of more than 300 unique units of study across all science disciplines.

The TSP was examined externally in 2005, as part of the Australian Universities Quality Agency (AUQA) review of the University, and as a result was added to AUQA’s National Good Practice website, reinforcing the Program’s reputation for excellence.

Since its inception in 1993, more than 1600 students have participated in the TSP and are now leaders in a variety of fields and industries, proving that nurturing curiosity through investigative research-led education makes an enormous contribution to the ways in which these graduates approach the roles that they take up in our society.

In 2013, to mark the 20 year milestone for the TSP, the Faculty of Science held a special event for current TSP students and TSP alumni, as well as those who inspired their interest in science. This event, which was hosted by Adam Spencer, was an opportunity to not only recognise our TSP students but also those who helped ignite their curiosity.