The Talented Students Program (TSP) introduces high performing students entering selected Science degrees to cutting-edge, world-class research in UNSW Science.
We want to give you research experiences as early as possible in a safe and engaging manner to develop and nurture the passion for research that UNSW scientists all share. With the wide-ranging and brilliant research conducted within UNSW Science, we inspire you to tackle challenges that will shape the world.
Our previous TSP students have written research papers, attended conferences, integrated into research groups, developed peer groups and much more. All these opportunities exist from Year 1 of your science or science-related degree.
Depending on your entrance mark or performance in the early stages of your degree, the Dean of Science will invite you into the Talented Students Program. You can accept this offer online and provide some basic information which enables us to gauge your interests.
The TSP is an avenue to engage your scientific research from the onset of your degree program. It does not have associated course credit. For first-year students, there are events planned throughout Term 1 facilitated by higher year TSP students.
Calendar of Events
- Week 1: Welcome Lunch
- Weeks 3, 5, 7: TSP Gatherings
- Week 9: TSP Research Poster Evening and End of Term celebration- posters from academic mentors who would like to host students in their groups and presentations by higher year students who have been through the program
Terms 2 & 3
- Research placements
- Week 8: The UNSW Talented Students Program Symposium – this is an opportunity for you to present your work, typically as posters, to your fellow TSP students and to the scientists who have mentored you.
These events are designed for you to meet TSP students in all years, engage with UNSW Science staff in various schools, and begin to choose Schools and research projects you may be interested in for the second term of your first year and beyond.
In Term 2 of your first year, you will choose a research project or research group in one of the Schools of UNSW Science or UNSW Medicine.
What you do in the research project or group depends entirely on you and your conversations with the researcher. It can be as simple as attending research group meetings every week, or as complex as performing laboratory experiments that no one in the world has ever done before. In each term of your degree, you can participate in a different research group, expanding your horizons and experiences.
TSP Research Areas
The research booklet has a list of TSP contacts each school and the type of projects available. To organise a project in that area or field, please get in touch with the designated TSP contact or with the TSP Director, Dr Neeraj Sharma.
From Term 2 onwards in your degree program, you will be offered the opportunity to undertake research projects every term. We encourage you to explore the variety on offer at UNSW across the different UNSW Science schools. These experiences will allow you to make an informed decision about the research direction you wish to pursue honours or further studies.
Over the course of your degree program it is expected that you will undertake at least 3 TSP projects. An official record of participation in the TSP program will be included on your secondary transcript when you graduate.