Archive for May 2009

Emerging Leaders in Science

May 6, 2009

Professor Tanya Monro was featured May 4, 2009 in the Australian as they showcased those investing their talents in science in their search for 100 young leaders.

Professor Tanya Monro, 36, Physicist

She’s been named one of the top 10 brightest young minds in Australia by science magazine Cosmos and says she knew at age 14 that she wanted to do a Phd in physics. Tanya Monro went on to do a Bachelor of Science (hons) at the University of Sydney, with honours (1st class) in physics, then her longed-for doctorate in physics, winning the Bragg Gold Medal for the best physics thesis in Australia. She then sorted through the offers and chose the Optoelectronics Research Centre at the University of Southampton, UK, where she remained for nearly seven years. Now based at Adelaide University where she is Director of the newly formed Institute for Photonics & Advanced Sensing, the Sydney-born Monro heads up the Centre of Expertise in Photonics where her research – into the field of science and technology that allows the generation and control of light using glass optical fibres – leads the world. The winner of the 2008 PM’s Prize for Physical Scientist of the Years says it was her physics teacher at school who inspired her. “He made me realise that physics is an elegant and powerful way of understanding our world. That is is not about remembering dry and isolated facts, but of constantly discovering how ideas fit together, and how often the more you learn, the simpler and more beautiful our world appears.”

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DSTO scholarship winners

May 1, 2009

The Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO) has established a scholarship program with the University of Adelaide to encourage young scientists to pursue studies in Photonics and Optics, potentially leading to a career in defence research and development.

The program provides annual scholarships to assist Australian students in meeting their educational costs. The scholarships are awarded to students based on the results from their previous year of tertiary study, or their year 12 results in the case of the first year award.

The scholarship program is administered by the University of Adelaide on behalf of DSTO. The winners of the DSTO Scholarships for 2009 are:

1st Year

  • Ms Sophie Hollitt
  • Ms Georgia Mansell

2nd Year

  • Mr Peter Edwards

3rd Year

  • Ms Anna Perejma

4th Year

  • Mr Nikita Simakov
  • Mr Jonathan Boehm
  • Mr Anthony Slattery

The CoEP congratulates all of the winners of the above scholarships.