Australian Scholars receive Prestigious Fellowship
Six University of Melbourne students are among the top Australian Scholars awarded Fellowships from the American Australian Association's Education Fund.
Fellowships are awarded to Australian innovators and professionals to undertake research and study on science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM), sustainability and medicine at prestigious American institutions.
The American Australian Association facilitates intellectual alliances and collaboration between Australia and the USA. Since the Association's Education Fund inception in 2002, more than 200 outstanding Australian and American scholars have been awarded more than $5 million in Fellowships.
The University of Melbourne American Australian Association's Education Fund Fellowship awardees
ConocoPhillips Fellow : Nicholas Rodd
Research Interest : Physics
Nicholas Rodd is a physics graduate student working at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His research encompasses the structure and experimental signatures associated with beyond the standard model phenomena. His current focus is dark matter and a potential signal seen in the galactic center.
Dow Chemical Company Fellow : Mark Richardson
University of Melbourne/University of California, Irvine
Research Interest : Chemistry
Richard completed his Bachelor of Science (Hons) at Macquarie University, Sydney in 2010, and his PhD at the University of Melbourne in 2015. He is fascinated by problems in chemistry and biology, and tries to marry these two fields in his research pursuits.
Qantas Fellow : Dylan Lino
Melbourne University/Harvard University
Research Interest : Indigenous Rights
Dylan Lino is a Visiting Researcher and Graduate Program Fellow at Harvard Law School and a doctoral candidate at Melbourne Law School. In 2015–16, Dylan will complete his dissertation on whether constitutional recognition of Australia's Indigenous peoples can achieve a just and sustainable Indigenous–settler relationship.
Sir Keith Murdoch Fellow : Elizabeth Manning
University of Melbourne/ University of Pittsburgh
Research Interest : Medicine
The goal of Elizabeth's research is to understand the neural changes which underlie disrupted cognition in mental health disorders. This fellowship is supporting her training at the University of Pittsburgh, where she is learning to use several advanced neuroscience methods that will allow her to address this question.
Sir Keith Murdoch Fellow : Jessica Neil
University of Melbourne/New York University
Research Interest : Medicine
Jessica's work with Asst Prof Ken Cadwell at the Skirball Institute of Biomolecular Medicine at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York will explore how viruses contribute to the development of other complex chronic diseases, such as Crohn's disease, and the circumstances during which virus infections can actually be beneficial to the host. This work has the potential to contribute substantially to our understanding of viruses in health and disease.
Sir Keith Murdoch Fellow : Rachel Slatyer
Australian National University/University of Wisconsin, Madison
Research Interest : Sustainability
Rachel is currently completing her PhD at the University of Melbourne, where she has been studying the evolutionary ecology of alpine insects. She will be working as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, exploring cold adaptation and developing models to predict responses of alpine species to climate change.