Young Scientist Research Prizes Competition: Presentations, Judging and Prize Ceremony

To foster and recognise excellence in Victoria’s early career scientists, the Royal Society of Victoria has established four prestigious competitive prizes open to Victorian students in their final year of doctoral candidature, in all areas of the Biomedical & Health Sciences, Biological Sciences (Non-human), Earth Sciences and Physical Sciences.

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The competition will be streamed online with the support of the Inspiring Victoria program.

Following assessment of applications across the four categories, we have selected eight PhD finalists to present years of research work to us in ten short minutes. Join us at the Royal Society of Victoria’s historic Hall in the Melbourne CBD to hear about the latest science from our emerging scientists, and to support and celebrate the achievements of Victoria’s upcoming high achievers.

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Our finalists in each category are:

Earth Sciences

  • Miss Estefania Montoya Duque (The University of Melbourne), “Unravelling the Mysteries of Clouds over the Southern Ocean: The Key to Improving Climate and Weather Predictions.”
  • Miss Wenjing Yu (La Trobe University), “Combined US-ESR dating of mammal teeth at Taung, Cradle of Humankind, South Africa.”

Biological Sciences

  • Miss Sarah Mele (Monash University), “Defining diets to treat amino acid metabolism disorders.”
  • Ms Ella Plumanns Pouton (The University of Melbourne), “The mechanisms through which fires shape plant life cycles.”

Biomedical & Health Sciences

  • Mr William Kwan (Monash University), “A hybrid stimulation strategy for vision restoration in retinal prosthetics.”
  • Ms Marina Yakou (La Trobe University), “γδ T cells are promising immunotherapy targets for colorectal cancer.”

Physical Sciences

  • Dr Grace Lawrence (Swinburne University of Technology), “Dark Matter within Simulated Milky Way Analogues and the Subsequent Direct Detection Possibilities on Earth.”
  • Ms Thulya Chakkumpulakkal Puthan Veettil (Monash University), “Vibrational Spectroscopic Approaches for Leishmaniasis Disease Diagnosis.”

Please register below to join us for the competition and awards ceremony at the Royal Society of Victoria’s historic Hall in the Melbourne CBD.  Alternatively, you can watch along via our YouTube channel at the appointed time without needing to register.