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

Luke Thorburn | UROP@CSIRO

Not Just a “Phase” – UROP Designs Better Way to Visualise Chemical Space

We recently checked in at the CSIRO Parkville Science Club to hear what UROP scholar Luke Thorburn has been up to. Turns out, he’s been busy!

Luke has just finished a Bachelor of Science at Melbourne Uni, majoring in Statistics & Stochastic Processes. As a UROP scholar at CSIRO, he has developed a new visualisation platform for chemical space that will help crystallographers design optimisation screens for protein crystallisation. Continue reading

Christina Gangemi | UROP@ARMI

A budding researcher is bringing the secrets of stem cells into sharp focus.

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“It’s a continual process of uncovering the unknown,” Christina said when asked about what draws her to science.

And intrigued by what makes adult stem cells tick, Christina’s curiosity found a home when she first joined the Hobbs lab at the Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute (ARMI) through a UROP placement in 2016.

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UROP Scholars in Data Sequencing Publication

Biomedical Research Victoria is proud to announce that two of its Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) scholars have seen the fruits of UROP participation, in a new research paper published this month.

A new tool is available to researchers which can help speed up and improve their analysis of piles of next generation sequencing data. The UNDR ROVER technology has been published this month BMC Bioinformatics*. Continue reading

Celia Vandestadt loves zebrafish. Really loves zebrafish.

The animals are what Celia calls “king regenerators” – they have the capacity to regenerate any nerve that is injured and, being see-through, scientists can literally watch the regeneration within the living fish. Add to that the fact that they share 85% genetic similarity to humans when it comes to diseases they share, and it’s clear why zebra fish are one of the world’s great ways to study how the nervous system works.

In 2013 Celia won a UROP placement at ARMI and in 2016 she went on to be one of 17 people in all disciplines nationally to be awarded a Westpac Future Leaders Scholarship. Crediting her UROP placement as having kick-starting her research career, Celia said “These days you need to have an honours degree to even be a research assistant. To do a PhD you have to get a first class honours. The competition is intense.” 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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Expired2016 UROP Welcome Forum

  • 2015 UROP Welcome Forum
    5:00 pm - 7:00 pm



90-120 Swanston St, Melbourne, Victoria, 3000, Australia

Portico Room at the Melbourne Town Hall

Event Phone: (03) 8344 4798

2016 UROP Welcome Forum Join us for the UROP kick-off event to welcome our new students in 2016! Biomedical Research Victoria is delighted to be hosting our first event of the year, the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) Welcome Forum, at the Melbourne Town Hall. This Forum is an opportunity to welcome new students to (more…)

Congratulations to the WEHI UROP Scholarship recipients

Congratulations to the two UROP students to receive the inaugural Walter and Eliza Hall Institute UROP Scholarships.

The awards were presented to Damian Pavlyshyn, a science student studying maths who has been working with Audrey Kan and Phil Hodgkin in the Immunology Division, and Simone Park, who is also completing a science degree and has been working with Leigh Coultas in the Development and Cancer division at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute.

Awarded on the basis of academic merit, these scholarships help to subsidise the recipient’s stipends. The scholarships were made possible by a generous donation to the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute.

Stipend Supported UROP Student develops a thirst for Research

Lucy Hersey, a third year Science student at Monash University, has found her UROP placement with the Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute (ARMI) invaluable.

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VIIN-IA announces UROP stipends

We are delighted to announce that the Victorian Infection and Immunity Network – Industry Alliance (VIIN-IA) is offering a limited number of stipends to laboratories towards the cost of a UROP student’s salary.

Research supervisors who have industry-linked projects in the field of infection and immunity, where the industry partner is preferably a Victorian business, are invited to enquire.

For more information contact UROP Manager, Dr Michelle Zajac.