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
Melbourne University/MIT 
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.