T-Shirt Design Competition

Do you have what it takes to design the hottest item in every science students’ closet? The SciSoc shirt is a symbol, an icon, a single item of clothing that distinguishes us from the rest of this University!

… It can also get you a free lunch every odd Wednesday.

So whip out those tag lines, those one-liners and those comments that can make you simultaneously laugh and cringe. Dust off your favourite lame science joke, draw a picture to go with it or even a scientific formula and you’re done! Send it in to our exec and before you know it, everyone could very well be wearing your designs!

Design Guidelines

  1. The front of the T-shirt should feature the main artwork with a punchy tagline
  2. The back of the T-shirt should display SciSoc and sponsor logos and can feature more artwork
    – SciSoc & USU logos can be found here
  3. Feel free to experiment with different colours but keep in mind that SciSoc’s colours are blue and yellow
    – This years shirt will only be available in ONE colour, however
  4. The design must be able to fit on an A4 sized sheet of paper


  • Instant fame!
  • One 2010 SciSoc T-shirt in a unique colour of your choice!
When Entries open from now until Friday, 03 December 2010
Where Wherever your artistic vision takes you
Entries Please email all designs to SciSoc

A new president?!

Well howdy there!

Let me introduce myself – my name is Charmaine and I’m the newly elected SciSoc President for 2011. You may have seen me around, you may have not. Either way, I hope to meet as many of you as possible over the following year at all the events that we have planned – and not just our regular events either! There are many new things being planned! Are you curious yet? How about excited? Or even a mixture of both?! Yeah, me too! Looking forward to an amazing year – over and out!  Charmaine BSc II

A word from the VP

Hey everyone! Just a quick e-introduction from me, Bashar Alani. As the Vice President of the 107th SciSoc committee I can tell you that we have some great plans for the upcoming year, but it’s all pointless unless you know about it! So keep your eyes on these newsletters, your ears open and your nose in the Aqua Regia! I look forward to getting to know you all better in the months to come 🙂

-Bashar Alani, BMedSci II

Positions Vacant

There are still positions available on the SciSoc executive team!

Do you think you have what it takes to be a part of the executive of one of the biggest and most active science societies in the southern hemisphere? Nominate yourself now!

Available Positions

All positions are open to any science student who holds a valid 2010 Access Card.

Program Directors:

  • Directors – Careers Program (x1)


  • Publicity Officers (x1)
  • Bookstore Officer
  • SRC Officer

New Scientist Prize for Science Writing


SciSoc is pleased to unveil a shiny new competition we’ve created in collaboration with NewScientist! If you like science and want a shot at sharing in $2,500 of cash prizes and being published on NewScientist.com, read on.

Science is everywhere in our society, powering technological innovation and helping us understand the universe. But many people find it too complex to really grasp. Good writing about science can change that, bringing it to life and letting the public share in the sense of wonder that scientists experience in their work. The inaugural New Scientist Prize for Science Writing is encouraging Australian students to write up to 1000 words about a scientific issue. You could explore your own research or that of an academic here at Sydney, or unleash a fiery opinion piece about the controversial place of science in modern society.

So what’s in it for you? 1st prize wins $1,500 cash and will be published on NewScientist.com. 2nd prize is $750 and 3rd is $250; all three winners will also land a one-year subscription to New Scientist magazine. Entries are open from August 14 until September 24.

Interested? Everything you need to know is online at www.newscientistprize.org. Good luck, and happy writing!


Volunteers Wanted – Faculty of Science Undergraduate Focus Group

The Faculty of Science will be hosting a focus group with current undergraduate science students. The themes of this session are:

  • student perceptions of curriculum
  • graduate attributes
  • co-curricular professional development

The Faculty of Science is seeking 5 volunteers keen to develop their facilitation skills. The student facilitators will:

  • be briefed before the session
  • help to promote the focus group on the day
  • each sit at a separate table with their group of undergraduate students
  • facilitate and coordinate their group’s feedback
  • be respectful of people with views different to their own
  • possess good communication and interpersonal skills

Feedback from this session will be circulated to academic and teaching staff within the Faculty of Science to promote best practice, and will also enhance the ability of the Faculty of Science to respond to your learning needs.

When 12:00pm – 2:00pm, Thursday, 23 August 2010
Volunteer Please email Misha Donohoe ASAP
Lunch Free pizza from Parma will be provided

2010 SciSoc Annual General Meeting

NOTE: The location of the 2010 SciSoc AGM has changed to Isobel Fidler Room, Manning House.

The 107th Committee of SciSoc will be elected at the 2010 SciSoc Annual General Meeting. Every science student is eligible to vote so have your say in how SciSoc will be run in 2011!

If you are an enthusiastic and committed science student who wants to make a difference in the largest and most active science student society in the Southern Hemisphere, read on for how to nominate yourself for a position in the new team!

When 12:00pm – 1:30pm, Wednesday, 22 September 2010
Where Isobel Fidler Room, Manning House
Lunch Free gourmet pizza and drinks will be provided

Available Positions

The position of President must be filled by a member of the 106th Committee of SciSoc. All other positions are open to any science student who holds a valid 2010 Access Card.


  • President
  • Vice-President
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer

Program Directors:

  • Directors – Social Program (x2)
  • Directors – Careers Program (x2)
  • Directors – Sports Program (x2)
  • Directors – Science Outreach Program (x2)
  • Directors – Aqua Regia (x2)


  • Publicity Officers (x2)
  • Sponsorship Officer
  • IT Officer
  • Bookstore Officer
  • SRC Officer
  • Staff-Student Liaison Officer
  • Executive Officers (x4)


Compass Book Drive

Extra, Extra – Read all about it… Extra, extra books are exactly what the Compass team needs so that hundreds of young children can read all about it.

During book week (21-27 August), the Compass team is asking you to donate books appropriate for students in kindergarten through to year 6. Book week is the longest running children’s festival in Australia and it provides a great opportunity to spark and nurture a love of reading and books.

When 9:00am – 5:00pm, Monday – Friday, 23 – 27 August 2010
Where Baxter’s Lodge

Buy or Sell 2010 Semester 2 Science Textbooks!

Brand-new textbooks can cost you a fortune but it’s really difficult to find cheap yet high quality second-hand textbooks. But never fear, SciSoc is here whether you’re looking to buy high quality second-hand textbooks or want a hassle-free way to sell your used textbooks!

The SciSoc Bookstore facilitates the exchange of textbooks for current science units of study between students. Our team will also be able to provide advice on the courses you are taking and help you make the choice on relevant and prescribed textbooks.

The SciSoc Bookstore is a not-for-profit organisation run by students for students, so you know that the lowest cost and friendliest service are both guaranteed!

For more information, please check out http://www.scisoc.org.au/bookstore/.

Location Room 481, Level 4, Carslaw Building (Map)
Opening Hours 10:00am-2:00pm, Monday – Friday, Week 1 – 4

2010 Semester 1 Inter-Faculty Sports Results

The Faculty of Science is currently ranked 4th (tied) out of 16 faculties, with a total of 18 points.

This is a fantastic result and we couldn’t have done it without everyone who has represented or supported Team Science in the Inter-Faculty Sports competitions this semester! A HUGE thank you to everyone from SciSoc. Keep up the great effort!

We would like to encourage more of you to get involved because anyone can play, regardless of your experience level. So please keep an eye out for upcoming games in the sports section and wear a GREEN shirt to represent science students!