The Junior Physics Odyssey (JPhO) is a five-day (non-residential) program for Year 10 students with an interest in physics, science and mathematics.

Latest COVID-19 advice: As a precautionary response to slow the rate of community transition of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), UQ has made a decision to cancel all University events unless they are critical to teaching or research. This includes student, academic and public events on and off campus until the end of June 2020. Therefore, this event has been postponed for 2020 until further notice.

What will you learn at JPhO?

The program aims to develop your problem-solving skills as well as an appreciation and understanding of physics. By presenting physics in a format that complements Senior Physics, JPhO will:

  • introduce you to the formal study of physics through lectures and tutorials
  • give you hands-on experience of physics through experiments and workshops
  • provide you with spaces in which to explore ideas in modern physics at forums and tours of research labs.

Throughout your week at JPhO, you will:

  • develop your skills in problem solving, critical thinking and communication
  • learn important principles of physics, preparing you for Senior Physics
  • participate in forums with UQ researchers on topics such as quantum physics, special relativity and cosmology
  • tour our state-of-the-art research centres
  • talk with current UQ students about study options and university life
  • meet other people with similar interests to you
  • learn to juggle (and learn about the physics behind it, of course!).

JPhO is about doing physics - forums, workshops, experiments and interactive discussions with your tutors will make up most of the week.

The schedule also includes two evening forums presented by current UQ physics lecturers and researchers. Family and friends are welcome to attend these.

Who will teach you?

Current UQ lecturers will teach you, and the majority of your tutors will be current UQ physics students. A high student-tutor ratio better than 4:1 will ensure that help will always be on hand - so you'll be able to work at your own pace and ask questions about the topics that interest you most.

Your staff will be primarily undergraduate physics students and former JPhO participants, as well as postgraduate students.

Our tutors come from a wide variety of backgrounds, and you'll learn from students with backgrounds in engineering, education, biophysics, mathematics and science communication.

You'll also get the chance to chat with your tutors about their studies and your career options.

How to apply

If you are interested in attending the 2020 Junior Physics Odyssey, please submit the following documents with your online application:

  • A copy of your most recent report card
  • A letter of recommendation from your mathematics or science teacher
Event details
Cost $260 (covers all meals, program materials and a JPhO t-shirt)
Date 2020 event postponed until further notice
Time 8:50am - 5:00pm - Monday, Wednesday and Friday
8:50am - 8:00pm - Tuesday and Thursday
Location St Lucia Campus, The University of Queensland
Registration 2020 event postponed until further notice

Contact us

If you have any further questions about JPhO, email us.