Reaching for the stars

Carramar Year 11 student Christian Harris has been chosen to participate in the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research's (ICRAR) work experience program in the April school holidays. 

After a rigorous telephone interview, Christian was selected to take part in the sought-after program which will see him work collaboratively with post graduate Physics, Astrophysics, Engineering and Computer Technology students at the centre.

Christian says he was surprised but excited when he heard the good news.

“I’m really looking forward to getting some experience in the research field,” Christian says.

“I’m looking forward to working alongside students and learning what they do, exploring the campus and hopefully seeing work done with SKA (Square Kilometre Array),” he adds.

His placement will see him experience research in practice, with the centre conducting radio astronomy research and processing vast amounts of data gathered by the Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder, the precursor to the SKA.

ICRAR is a joint venture between UWA, Curtin University and the Pawsey Computer Centre at Curtin and was originally established to develop and secure the capability to build the SKA radio telescope in WA.

Christian says his experience could lead to further opportunities in the future as he continues his studies.

“I’m not entirely sure what I will do after graduation, it depends how my marks go at school, but probably something to do with Physics or Chemistry and Maths.”

“I was told by the interviewer that I would be able to keep in touch with ICRAR following on from my work experience there and this will be a great contact to have for the future in WA.”

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