Faculty of Science awards recognise our students, teachers and researchers.
Most of our awards are supported by trust funds established by generous benefactors. Others are provided annually by industry partners and supporters through donations and sponsorships.
Faculty scholarships, prizes and awards based on merit are awarded by nomination to currently enrolled students. No application is required.
Awards supporting enrichment activities such as research or travel are generally available by application. See Awards open for Application for dates, criteria and application form.
For further information about Faculty of Science Awards, Prizes and Scholarships contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
For information about other scholarships to support you during your period of study at the University of Melbourne see Melbourne Scholarships or for scholarships for undergraduate or graduate admission visit Future Students Scholarships.
These prizes and awards are currently open for applications.
|Grimwade Prize (Staff / Academic research prize; Industrial Chemistry)||31 January 2018|
|The Norma Hilda Schuster (nee Swift) Scholarship (Student award - Biochemistry)||31 January 2018|
|John & Allan Gilmour Research Awards (Earth Sciences; Ecosystem & Forest Sciences||28 February 2018|
|The Muriel Ramm Science Bursary||4 March 2018|
|Dame Margaret Blackwood Soroptimist Scholarship (Graduate Research - BioSciences)||5 March 2018|
|David Syme Research Prize (Academic research)||27 April 2018|
|Applied Urban Geography Award||2 July 2018|
|The Faculty of Science Postgraduate Writing-Up Award||31 December 2018|
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- The Bachelor of Science Medal
Awarded to the student who has performed most exceptionally across the three years of the Bachelor of Science degree.
Mr Jacob Calabria2015 BSc Medal
- The E.M. and J.F. Ward Prize
Jack Shuoyao Li2015 E.M. and J.F. Ward Prize
- The Dr Rex Williamson & Family Scholarship
Wenxiao Kay Yue2015 Dr Rex Williamson & Family Scholarship
- The Professor Kernot Research Scholarships
Caitlin Jay (Earth Sciences ) with the J.H. Harvey Prize; Benjamin Spyrou (Chemistry) with the Stanley Harvey Prize and Jonathan Gargalionis (Physics)2015 Professor Kernot Scholarships
- The P. W. Crohn Scholarship
Established in 2002 in memory of the late Peter Wolfgang Crohn.
Rhyard Sahely and Amber Craig2015 P. W. Crohn Scholarship
- The Klein Prize in Experimental Physics
Established in 2005.
Thu Le Ha (Joni) Pham2015 Klein Prize in Experimental Physics
- The Muriel Ramm Science Bursary
This award supports academic potential in a student entering a research pathway degree.
Peter McNamara2016 Muriel Ramm Science Bursary
- The Ramm Prize in Experimental Physics
Established in 2001 to reward excellence and research potential in Experimental Physics.
Suk Yee Yong2015 Ramm Prize in Experimental Physics
- The Frank Keenan Scholarships
Established in 2007 through a bequest from Frank Keenan MBE.
Pengzhen Du, Alice Glare, Andrea Pianella and Joerg Werdin2016 Frank Keenan Scholarships
- The Women in Physics Award
Established in 2007 by Mrs Val Crohn, née Sheriff (BSc 1945; MSc 1948; BEd 1988).
Ruwini Ekanayake2016 Women in Physics Award
"At school I always preferred subjects based around science and maths and enjoyed problem solving. I have always had a fascination with the processes behind how things work, especially those of the life sciences. After completion of my Bachelor of Science I plan to undertake study in the Masters of Genetics program."
Jack Shuoyao Li
"I chose to pursue physics due to my curiousness and a will to understand and investigate the basic workings of our universe. I dream of witnessing mankind exploring the Solar System, and being able to say I had a part in it.
The highlight of my studies has been the lab work component, which has allowed me to apply the knowledge that I've learned in class and see it working live! Lab work has also allowed me to learn task-specific skills and encouraged me to be creative in exploring the different avenues that experiments can have."
Presented by: Mr Chris Ward
Established in 1984 by the late Professor Emeritus James Frederick Ward (BSc 1940; BA 1944; DSc 1995), former Reader in Physics at Melbourne, to commemorate his family's association over four generations with the School of Physics and the University of Melbourne.
Edith M Ward graduated honours in Natural Philosophy in 1896 and was among the first 55 women to graduate from the University of Melbourne. James Ward died in 2013.
Wenxiao Kay Yue
After completing her BSc last year, Kay is currently doing an MSc, majoring in Chemistry. Her pathway through University has been greatly influenced by her interest in Science. She enjoys time in the laboratory, making chemicals and discoveries. Kay has been developing new synthetic strategies to make small cyclic peptides and hopes to have a scientific career.
Apart from Science, Kay loves music, playing the piano, guitar and writing pieces of music.
Presented by: Mr David Williamson
Established in 2013 by Dr Rex Williamson (BSc 1945; MSc 1947) and his family. Dr Williamson was keen to provide future students with the same encouragement and opportunity to further their knowledge as was afforded to him as a student.
After completing a PhD at Leeds in 1949, helped by a Dixson Scholarship from the University of Melbourne, Rex Williamson returned to Melbourne as senior lecturer at the Gordon Institute of Technology (now Deakin University), where he was also very involved in research. The Gordon Group of 1962, Dr Williamson's former students, have also contributed to the scholarship fund.
Rex Williamson died in 2014.
Established in 1995 through donations by Mr Charles Hart in memory of his godmother, Miss Jessie Joyce Wood (Joyce). Mrs Sandra Speirs, Joyce Wood's niece, is also a contributor to the fund.
Joyce Wood was a cartographer in the Department of Economic Geography, c1935-c1975, where she collaborated on many publications.
As one of the last traditional cartographers, she researched her work thoroughly from sources which included her own collection of rare maps and atlases, retiring in the mid 1970s. She was highly respected for her meticulous professionalism and historical knowledge.
Jessie Joyce Wood died in 1994.
Established in 1984 by Dame Margaret Blackwood's friends and associates at the University of Melbourne in recognition of her pioneering scientific and academic career: (BSc 1938; MSc 1939; LLD 1983).
She was an esteemed scholar in the discipline of Genetics, and became Senior Associate and Reader in Botany before retiring.
Many of her high-ranking appointments were the first to be held by a woman. As the University's first female deputy chancellor, in 1980, she was the first woman in the University's history to confer degrees.
Dame Margaret Blackwood died in 1986.
"I have always been interested in chemistry and physics and the roles they play in the natural world. Earth Sciences is the perfect way to get a mix of these two scientific areas and to apply them to the world and environment that we live in. I really enjoy geology as it allows me to explore nature and the way Earth works."
"I was captivated after my first geology lecture when we were told rocks held the story of the Earth from thousands or even millions of years ago. By the end of second year I made the hard choice to move majors from atmosphere and ocean science to geology. After graduating I moved into an MSc. The influence of oceans and climate on the rock record continued to amaze me so I chose to research the Loxton-Parilla Sands, a sedimentary sequence within the Murray Basin. Geology has transformed me from an indoor-only suburban girl to an outdoor-loving scientist.
In my spare time, I like to travel to even more distant places, like Eastern Africa and tiny islands on the Great Barrier Reef. When I am at home I enjoy putting my height to good use playing sports like netball and basketball, as well as taking part in an annual dinosaur dig at Cape Otway."
Presented by: David Karoly
Presented on: 28th November 2016
Established in 2002 by Mrs Edna Valerie Crohn (Val), née Sheriff, in memory of her late husband, Peter Wolfgang Crohn (BSc 1946; MSc 1949). Peter Crohn was an explorer geologist who studied and mapped the geology of Australia and Antarctica.
He twice visited the Antarctic, in the 1950s and 1980s, and was awarded the Polar Medal for his research.
In Australia he worked in the Northern Territory carrying out geological mapping and mineral studies in the Tennant Creek region. He was Director of Mines for the NT Geological Survey (1970-1979).
Peter Crohn was an active bushwalker and he and Val returned to this interest after retiring. He died in 2000.
Established in 1990 following an appeal by the Soroptimist International of the South West Pacific and the University of Melbourne to celebrate Dame Margaret's legacy.
Dame Margaret was highly by the international Soroptimist community and chaired the committee of Soroptimist clubs of Australia and New Zealand in the 1950s. She worked to improve the status of women and in 1975 convened a University working group on the position of women on campus.
She was awarded an MBE in 1964 and a Dame Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in 1981 for services to education and the community. [Soroptimist International is a global organisation for women in management and the professions working to advance human rights and the status of women.]
Awarded to: Pengzhen Du, Alice Glare, Andrea Pianella and Joerg Werdin
Established in 2007 through a bequest from Frank Keenan MBE. Frank Keenan was a horticulturalist and parks administrator who studied at the Burnley Horticultural College, 1929-30.
He retired as director of the Melbourne City Council's Parks, Gardens & Recreation Department in 1978. In the same year he was made a member of the Order of the British Empire for services to the community.
Peter is majoring in experimental particle physics in his Master of Science (Physics) with a focus on dark matter detection and trigger systems.
Established in 1998 by Muriel Ramm's husband, Professor Emeritus Colin Ramm, and her family. The award supports academic potential in a student entering a research pathway degree and acknowledges Muriel Ramm's encouragement of educational opportunity.
Muriel studied Psychology and Zoology at UWA, where she met Colin. After graduating, she and Colin moved to Birmingham, in the UK, where Colin completed a PhD. They lived in Geneva for many years, raising their young family there while Colin worked at CERN.
Muriel Ramm died in 1996.
Ruwini worked as a researcher for the Sri Lanka Institute of Nanotechnology before moving to Australia to start a Master of Science (Physics). She is focussing on optics and materials science.
Presented by: Professor Rachel Webster
Established in 2007 by Mrs Val Crohn, née Sheriff (BSc 1945; MSc 1948; BEd 1988).
After graduating MSc, Val Crohn worked as a hospital physicist. In 1950 she travelled to England on a working holiday and was employed as a hospital physicist and teacher before returning to Australia in 1953.
She met Peter Crohn through the University of Melbourne Mountaineering Club and they married in 1958.
Val Crohn received a BEM in 1981 for services to the Girl Guide movement. She established the Women in Physics Award to reward excellence and potential and to encourage talented female students to undertake further study in the discipline.
Suk Yee Yong
Presented by: Ms Nicole Anderson
Established in 2001 by Professor Emeritus Colin Ramm and his family to reward excellence and research potential in Experimental Physics. Based on his own experiences, he was keen to ensure that talented students' educational opportunities should not be hampered by financial considerations.
Colin Ramm worked at CERN in the 1950s, as leader of the Nuclear Physics Division. In 1972 he was appointed Dean of the Faculty of Science at Melbourne. After retiring as Dean, in 1983, he joined the School of Physics and continued to find new challenges in experimental research.
He died in 2014.
Thu Le Ha (Joni) Pham
Presented by: Professor Emeritus Anthony Klein
Established in 2005 through donations from Professor Emeritus Anthony G. Klein (BE ElecEng 1957; PhD Science 1977; DSc 1987) and his family.
During his distinguished career at Melbourne. Tony Klein has held a personal chair in Physics and served as Head of the School of Physics.
He is an internationally recognised physicist specialising in optics.
Established in 2013 by colleagues, past students and family members of Professor Emeritus Michael Webber to commemorate his expert supervision and sustained support of PhD candidates in Geography. The award celebrates his visionary leadership and development of Geography at Melbourne as a former Chair and Head of Department.
Michael Webber is an internationally renowned economic geographer and scholar of China.
Established in 1996 by Melbourne Parks and Waterways to acknowledge Dr Ray Marginson AM (BComm 1946; DipPubAdmin 1966; LLD 1988).
Ray Marginson was a former Vice-Principal of the University of Melbourne, where his broad responsibilities included maintenance of grounds and property. In 1985 he received an AM for services to university administration.
Ray Marginson is also a former Chairman of Melbourne Water. With his wife, Betty, he is an important philanthropic contributor to many Victorian cultural institutions.
Caitlin Jay (Earth Sciences)
I became interested in geology through having an early interest in dinosaurs (like most kids). I was also curious about how the things we see on Earth, like mountains and canyons, were formed, and why events such as volcanic eruptions and earthquakes occur. I love how studying geology can give such an insight into Earth’s history. My Masters project is researching the formation of the Strathbogie batholith, a large granite body in central Victoria.
I have always lived in Melbourne with my family (Mum, Dad and two younger sisters) and in my free time I enjoy playing netball, being outdoors hiking and camping, reading, and playing clarinet in an orchestra.
Benjamin Spyrou (Chemistry)
Ben’s interest in Chemistry expanded during second year when the medicinal and biochemical applications of Inorganic Chemistry were covered. His MSc with Anthony Wedd and Zhiguang Xiao involved exploring the copper binding properties of alpha-synculein, the protein implicated in the pathology of Parkinson’s disease, a fantastic mix of Inorganic Chemistry and Biochemistry.
Ben is doing a PhD with Paul Donnelly, on the design of radiopharmaceuticals for the diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease, which he is finding very exciting.
Ben played hockey for six years and often catches up with friends for food, bowling and listening to music.
Jonathan Gargalionis (Physics)
Established through donations by Professor William Charles Kernot, first professor of Engineering at Melbourne, in 1887, in recognition of the aid he had received through scholarships as a student.
Later bequests from Dr Rod Esdaile (BSc 1965), and his wife, Dr Susan Esdaile, were added to the fund in 2009 and 2013.
Rod Esdaile was an expert in titanium and fibre optics. Susan Esdaile was one of the first occupational therapists in Australia to obtain a PhD.