Future Scientists Impress at UROP Conference Day

Victoria’s budding research talent gave us an exciting glimpse into their projects at the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) Conference Day – the highlight of the UROP calendar.

The all-day event was held at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre on Friday 21 July and hosted over 100 students, supervisors and supporters.

BioMedVic CEO Professor Jan Tennent warmly welcomed the audience and expressed BioMedVic’s overwhelming gratitude to CSL for their continued support as Principal Sponsor of the UROP program.

Associate Professor Eugene Maraskovsky, Head of the Department of Cell Biology and Physiology within CSL Research at the Bio21 Institute, warmly welcomed the most recent UROP cohort – 24 students from across Victoria which have begun their placements during the winter semester break.

We are looking forward to hearing all about their work at next year’s Conference Day!

The keynote address was presented by Dr Katherine Locock from CSIRO who took the audience through her journey in science and gave the students advice that was both inspiring and practical – keep your options open and explore as many opportunities as possible.

The UROP Conference Day presentation prize winners with Dr Pierre Scotney (CSL) and Dr Viviane Richter (UROP Program Manager).

The 25 student presentations spanned a wide variety of topics in the biomedical research spectrum, from phase space visualising to bone marrow T cells, signalling pathways in zebrafish spinal cord regeneration to 3D Cardiomics. Pierre Scotney from CSL at the Bio21 Institute presented the awards for the best presentations and expressed that the choice was indeed a tough one.

The prize for the winner and runner-up in the computational category went to Alex Tokolyi (ARMI) and Emily Wilson (Monash University), and prizes for the winner and runner-up in the biomedical category went to Natasha Qazi (ARMI) and Callum Docherty (ARMI).

If you would like to employ a UROP scholar, please see more information for supervisors on our website and email urop@biomedvic.org.au.

Are you a student interested in research? Applications for UROP have kicked off! See information about applying for UROP here.