Jessie Harper

During her Bachelor of Agricultural Science (Honours), Ms Harper received a University Medal, was Valedictorian of the School of Agriculture and Food Sciences and received several Dean’s Commendations for Academic Excellence in every semester of study. Furthermore, she received eight individual Awards during her studies, including the Ben Brown Memorial Medal for Agricultural Science which goes to the student who has achieved the highest overall grade point average at the end of their program.

Ms Harper is now undertaking a PhD at UQ on a prestigious Westpac Future Leaders Scholarship.  She has chosen a topic that combines two key passions – improving global food security and increasing the viability of farming communities in developing countries.

In addition to her academic achievements, Ms Harper has tutored across a wide range of courses at UQ and is also an elite athlete in track and field, currently training under the Head Jumps Coach of Australia. She has represented Australia at international competitions such as the World University Games in 2019 and the Oceania Games in both 2019 and 2017.

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UQ Graduate of the Year (created by Alumni Friends)


Bachelor of Agricultural Science (Honours)