BIG DREAMS: Harrison Madge, 17, from Chanel College, was honoured to be awarded the Peter Doherty Senior Science Award for his high achievement in science.
BIG DREAMS: Harrison Madge, 17, from Chanel College, was honoured to be awarded the Peter Doherty Senior Science Award for his high achievement in science. Andrew Morgan

Prestigious award tops long interest in science

FROM making mini volcanoes as a six-year-old to conducting his own chemical experiments as a teenager, Harrison Madge loves science.

The Year 12 Chanel College student has been awarded the prestigious Peter Doherty Award.

"I was the only one in Gladstone to get it," Harrison said.

"There's only 10 given out in the state so I thought that was pretty good."

The Gladstone local's extra curricular work involved tutoring fellow Junior Physics Olymypiad students at UQ in Brisbane.

Harrison got As in his Chemistry, Biology and Physics subjects, too.

Doing well in the three subjects comes easy to him.

"Science is such an innovative field where you can do new things," he said. "I have always loved science."

Harrison was awarded the prize in Brisbane earlier this month and couldn't wipe the smile off his face.

Financial assistance was also included in the prize which Harrison will put towards university.

"I felt very honoured to get an award named after such a distinguished scientist," he said.

"Peter Doherty researches immune cell defence and he also won a Nobel Prize."

Harrison has aspirations to study a dual degree in chemical engineering and biotechnology at UQ in 2015.

He is interested in vaccine production and has his fingers crossed he will be accepted into the course.

Harrison has three exams left before he and hundreds of other Year 12s finish school next Friday.



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