International students recognised for their contribution to research

September 13 / 120

PhD Candidate Maria Tanzer.
PhD Candidate Maria Tanzer.

Two University of Melbourne students have been awarded Victorian International Research Scholarships for 2013. 

PhD Candidates Maria Tanzer (Italy) and Wolfram Haller (Germany) are two of only five students to be awarded the scholarships this year.

The scholarships, worth $1.2 million, are awarded by the Victorian Government in conjunction with local universities.

They aim to support high performing international scholars who have chosen Victoria to undertake their PhD research.

Louise Asher, the Minister for Innovation, Services and Small Business said the awards also recognised the student’s contribution to Victoria’s diverse multicultural society.

“[The student’s] create the foundation for future global research, business and community links.”

Wolfram Haller is undertaking stem cell research in chronic liver diseases under the supervision of Associate Professor Winita Hardika and Ms Tanzer is researching the control of inflammation autoimmune diseases at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute (WEHI), under the supervision of Associate Professor John Silke.

Ms Tanzer said she was ‘very excited’ when she discovered she had won a scholarship, as it meant she had the opportunity to study at the University, “the place of my dreams”. “The scholarship has made my research possible and it will facilitate my study and my life here in Melbourne,” she said.

“It’s very exciting, the University is a multicultural hotspot where people with different backgrounds meet and pursue a mutual goal, to increase knowledge. It is great to be part of it.”

Ms Tanzer said she was interested in the research led by Professor Silke at WEHI and thought it would be the ideal place for her own work; and Professor Silke is equally happy to have her as part of the team.

“It’s fantastic,” he said of the scholarship.

“And for every dollar spent funding talented young students to engage in ground breaking science, society reaps rewards worth a thousand times more in the future.” 

To find out more about the scholarship program and to read case studies of the scholarship winners visit: www.studymelbourne.vic.gov.au.

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