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. Continue reading

Research Expo Excellence

A big thank you goes to all the representatives from Victorian biomedical research organisations who helped make the 2017 Victorian Honours & PhD Expo such a huge success!

Over 150 keen students walked through the Expo doors to speak to representatives from 20 exhibiting organisations about research opportunities – and the room’s noise levels matched the students’ enthusiasm.

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CSL’s Principal Sponsorship of UROP to Continue

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Last Thursday, Melbourne Town Hall’s Portico Room lit up with passion for science as BioMedVic held the annual Welcome Forum for the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP). We were thrilled to have UROP students and supervisors share their research experiences and to hear from Dr Andrew Nash, CSL’s Senior Vice President, Research, that CSL will continue as Principal Sponsor of UROP for 2017-2019. Continue reading

A Peak into Industry

Some refer to industry as the “dark side” of science.

But at CSL it’s anything but – as UROP students discovered at the 2016 UROP CSL Tour & Network Event at Parkville’s Bio21 Institute. As the students got a taste of what industry careers are all about, they were quick to ask questions and eager to learn more.

“It was particularly interesting to hear about the way research is structured at CSL, and some of the differences between industry and academia,” said one of the event participants. “Now that I know more about careers in industry, it’s definitely something I will consider in the future.”

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Future Scientists Take the Stage

Cancer, chronic disease, therapeutic drug synthesis – it’s impossible to know where the bright young minds that presented at last Friday’s UROP Conference Day are destined to make a difference. But one thing that’s certain is that these budding researchers are only just getting started.

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Jaclyn Pearson (left) mingled with students after her keynote address.

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CSL BACKED INTERNSHIPS HELP BOOST UNDERGRADUATE JOB-READINESS

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Today, at the annual UROP Conference in Melbourne, BioMedVic announced the recipients of the inaugural CSL UROP stipends. The nine Victorian undergraduates, who are among the intake of 23 UROP scholars welcomed as new participants in the program today, are the first beneficiaries of CSL’s increased commitment as Principal Sponsor of UROP.

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The bottom line that’s top of mind …

Determining how and on what the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) will be spent is the sort of thing we all dream of as scientists. What would we do with that sort of money, which areas of medical research need it, where could the most benefit be gained? Can you imagine the pressure members of the Australian Medical Research Advisory Board must be feeling?

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The Bottom Line

With the catchcry that there’s “…never been a more exciting time…” being applied to our Australian lifestyle and across the sectors of the economy including medical research,
I’m keenly awaiting announcements later today in the Victorian budget and also next week in the federal budget that will facilitate actions to transform the rhetoric into reality.   Continue reading

UROP@BioMedVic kicks off for 2016

BioMedVic kicked off its flagship education and training program, Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) at the Welcome Forum on 24 February held at the Melbourne Town Hall. The Portico Room overlooking a bustling Swanston St was the perfect location for current UROP scholars and research-interested undergraduate students to mingle with research supervisors from industry, research institutes, hospitals and universities from across Victoria. Continue reading

CSL to support UROP stipends

BioMedVic is delighted to announce that for the first round of intake this year, long term sponsor, CSL, will provide 6 stipends, worth more than $50,000, to support the UROP placements for students in addition to the renewal of their principal funding of the UROP scheme.

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