Record number of PhDs graduate in ceremony

March 15 / 154

University of Melbourne PhD graduands, 20 March 2015. Image: Peter Casamento
University of Melbourne PhD graduands, 20 March 2015. Image: Peter Casamento

A record number of University of Melbourne PhDs graduated at a conferring ceremony on March 20.

80 PhD candidates – the largest number to graduate at the same ceremony in the history of the University – from all faculties had their degrees conferred for research that spanned highly diverse topics, from debates among French socialists after 1870 to the resilience of rocky reefs and dynamics of fish populations in Port Phillip Bay. Innovations included a low-power wireless micro-chip suitable for high resolution neural implants, the use of algorithms to address real-world issues, and research with important implications for future vaccine design and the treatment of cancers, spinal cord injuries, neonatal brain damage, malaria and previously incurable conditions.

The ceremony was presided over by Chancellor Ms Elizabeth Alexander and presiding Vice-Chancellor Jim McCluskey, with Professor Doug Hilton, Director of the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, as the guest speaker. Prof. Rachel Webster, President, was the Presding member of the Academic Board, and presenting Deans were Professor Dick Strugnell (PVC Graduate and International Research) and Professor Liz Sonenberg (PVC Research Collaboration and Infrastructure). The Esquire Bedell was Dr Giaconda Di Lorenzo.

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