Botany Student Scholarships and Awards
Scholarships, prizes and awards make a difference to the lives and work of students, allowing them to achieve their potential.
Student research contributes to projects such as, finding better ways to control fungal diseases, how to use fire in managing ecosystems, understanding the malaria parasite, developing iron-biofortified wheat.
Botany Prize winner Harvey Orel
Harvey Orel was the top botany student in his undergraduate cohort, receiving both the E.F. Millar Exhibition Prize for the best performing second year student and the Foundation’s Botany Prize for third year studies. Financial assistance has helped Harvey complete his honours year in 2019. For his research project he investigated the phylogeny and phylogeography of the native pea genus Platylobium in south-eastern Australia. From that he has already published a short paper on the structure of the chloroplast genome in Platylobium obtusangulum. Harvey has also completed other research projects through the competitive summer studentships at both the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, studying morphological variation in a widespread Acacia species, and the Australian Tropical Herbarium, studying relationships in the orchid genus Bulbophyllum.
Scholarships and Awards for Students
David Ashton Travel Award
This award is made to a student studying field plant ecology to defray travel expenses. In 2006 David Ashton made a gift in will to establish the award. The fund has been added to by donations through the Foundation's annual giving program.
David H Ashton Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded annually to a student who has achieved academic results at Honours 2A level or above who is enrolled in a Doctor of Philosophy in the School of Botany. The late Dr David Ashton OAM was associated with the School of Botany for more than 50 years. He published many papers on Victorian and Australian vegetation particularly the Mountain ash forests. He contributed ecological knowledge fundamental to ecosystem management and plant conservation, and trained many of Australia's plant ecologists. The scholarship was established in 2006 following a gift in will from Dr Ashton. The proceeds from the sale of his oil paintings and pastels, and donations from the Foundation's annual giving program have added to the fund.
Ethel McLennan Award
This award is made annually to a student enrolled in a postgraduate degree by research in any area of Botany. It is awarded on the basis of financial need and academic merit. The award was established by the Foundation to honour Dr Ethel McLennan who joined the staff of the School of Botany in 1915 following her graduation with a BSc(Hons). The late Dr McLennan specialised in mycology and plant pathology. She was awarded a DSc in 1921 and appointed Associate Professor in 1931, a position she held until her retirement in 1955.
G A M Scott Research Fund
This award is made annually to a postgraduate or honours student undertaking research that involves field work in the areas of either bryophytes or plant ecology, with particular preference given to work involving bryophytes. The late Dr George Scott was an internationally renowned plant ecologist and bryologist remembered for his pioneering books on the mosses and liverworts of southern Australia. This fund was established in 2000 by the Foundation, with assistance from Dr Scott's family, friends and colleagues. It was augmented by a gift in will from the late Dr Helen Hewson. Donations have been received on a regular basis since then from the Foundation's annual giving program.
Gretna Weste Pathology and Mycology Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded annually to support the research of an Honours or postgraduate student in the School of Botany working in the area of plant pathology and/or mycology. The late Dr Gretna Weste AM was a lecturer in the School of Botany. She was the foremost authority in Australia on the biological behaviour of the cinnamon fungus, Phytophthora cinnamoni. Dr Weste established this fund in 2004. Following her death, the fund was added to with donations from her family, friends and colleagues and her name added to the scholarship. Donations have been received on a regular basis since then from the Foundation's annual giving program.
John S Turner Postgraduate Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded annually to a student enrolled in a Doctor of Philosophy in Botany, undertaking research in the area of plant physiology (including cell biology), plant ecology or conservation plant biology. Professor John Turner FAA was the second Professor of Botany and Plant Physiology at the University. During World War II he led a team working on tropic-proofing optical instruments using a fungicide. In 1997 the School of Botany held a function to celebrate Dr David Ashton's 70th birthday and the 51st year of his association with the School. Dr Ashton requested that the occasion be used to raise funds to endow a scholarship to honour Professor Turner. Paintings donated by Dr Ashton and Mrs Kaye Turner were auctioned and the proceeds, together with additional donations received at the event, formed this fund. Donations have been received on a regular basis since then from the Foundation's annual giving program.
Kingsley Rowan Marine Botany Prize
This prize is awarded annually to the student who receives the highest results in third year Marine Botany subjects. The late Dr Kingsley Rowan was an esteemed plant physiologist who worked on algal plant pigments. He taught many botany graduates through the School of Botany. This fund was established by Dr Vasillios Sarafis, the Foundation and friends and colleagues of Dr Rowan. Donations have been received on a regular basis since then from the Foundation's annual giving program.
Megan Klemm Postgraduate Research Award
This award is open annually to a student enrolled in a Doctor of Philosophy in the School of Botany and awarded on the basis of academic achievement. The late Dr Megan Klemm was the Manager of the School of Botany Electron Microscopy Unit. This fund was established in her memory in 2003 by her partner, Dr Bruce Underwood.
Sophie Ducker Postgraduate Scholarship
This scholarship is made annually on the basis of academic achievement to a student enrolled in a Doctor of Philosophy who is undertaking research in Australian flora. The late Dr Sophie Ducker had a long association with the School of Botany that began in 1944. She was renowned for her research in the field of phycology (seaweeds) and later in life her interest in botanical history. In 1995, an event was held to celebrate Dr Ducker's 50 year association with the School. Funds raised on the evening were used to establish this scholarship. Donations have been received on a regular basis since then from the Foundation's annual giving program.