Celebrating our 2010 McKenzie Fellows

October 10 / 46

Peter Rathjen  (DVCR), Chad Bousman (Dept of Psychiatry), Kirsty Bolton (School of Population Health), John McKenzie (former Dean of Science and DVCR), Yin Paradies (School of Population Health), Mariana Kersh (in front)  (Dept of Mechanical Engineering), Lyn Yates  (PVCR), Robyn Pickering  (School of Earth Sciences).
Peter Rathjen (DVCR), Chad Bousman (Dept of Psychiatry), Kirsty Bolton (School of Population Health), John McKenzie (former Dean of Science and DVCR), Yin Paradies (School of Population Health), Mariana Kersh (in front) (Dept of Mechanical Engineering), Lyn Yates (PVCR), Robyn Pickering (School of Earth Sciences).

The 2010 McKenzie Fellows were officially welcomed to the University at a lunch on Thursday 30 September.

The McKenzie Fellowships are post-doctoral awards available to outstanding recent doctoral graduates from universities outside the University of Melbourne.

The Fellows were selected for their potential to build and lead cross-disciplinary collaborative research activities within and across faculties.

Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Lyn Yates said renewal and capacity-building was essential to maintain the University's position as a research leader.

"The McKenzie scheme complements other forms of recruiting, and signals strongly to the international community our research commitments and interest in attracting the best scholars of the next generation," she said.

"It provides a select, elite intake of young researchers across the University who not only show exceptional research capacity, but who have the capacity to work with others to build new types of innovative and collaborative research in the future."

Professor Yates said applications from all fields were eligible for the awards because the University values depth and expertise across its range of disciplines, but selected researchers who were able to work outside as well as inside their core foundations.

The McKenzie Fellowships were established in 2008 to acknowledge the outstanding contribution made by former Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) and internationally renowned geneticist Professor John McKenzie.

2010 McKenzie Fellows not pictured include Shakira Hussein (national Centre for Islamic Studies), Sally Treloyn (Music), Lael Weis (Law), Gareth Arnott (Zoology), Caroline Hamilton (School of Culture and Communication)

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