2014 USA to Australia Fellows
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Tuesday, March 3 2015


Now OPEN: APSA Congressional Scholarship

Applications close Sunday, 15 March 2015 

The Association is now accepting applications for the nine month APSA Fellowship, open to scientists, journalists, federal executives and international scholars. The APSA Fellow will receive up to US$40,000 and have the opportunity to work on Capitol Hill with Congressional staff to gain an understanding of the US legislative process. Read more.

Top US Scholars go to Australia

The American Australian Association is awarding Fellowships to some of America's brightest researchers in sustainability, technology and medicine to pursue higher studies in Australia. 

The Education Fund

The Association annually awards Fellowships for postgraduate and postdoctoral research, in medicine, technology, sustainability, and engineering. Fellowships are awarded to American researchers through the US to Australia Fellowship Program to promote advanced studies.  To date, over 200 Fellows have received awards totaling over $4.5 million.
The Fellowships are funded through sponsorship of key corporate members and a series of Annual Benefit Dinners honoring prominent Australians and Americans. Further information on the Education Program is available on our website at www.americanaustralian.org/education.

2014-2015 US to Australia Fellows  

University of Queensland Fellow

Stephen Young                                            
University of Colorado/University of Queensland  
Research Interest : Sustainability 

Stephen is doing his PhD in Law at the University of Queensland. His research investigates the international regulatory pressures on mining projects to address indigenous peoples' concerns with a primary focus on acquisition of indigenous peoples' free and informed consent prior to development.

  Sir Keith Murdoch Fellow
Ian Brennan
Villanova University/ Australian National University
Research Interest: Phylogeography
After recently completing his M.Sc. in biology at Villanova University (2014), Ian will be heading to The Australian National University to pursue his PhD. His current and past work focused on reptile systematics and phylogeography, and future work hopes to contribute to our understanding of patterns of Australian reptile diversification and evolution.

    Sir Keith Murdoch Fellow
Patricia Carroll
University of Washington/Curtin Institute of Radio Astronomy and University of Melbourne 
Research Interest: Radio Astronomy 
Patricia’s doctoral research focuses on a population of dynamic young galaxies exhibiting powerful radio emission. She will draw on the expertise of Australia’s thriving radio astronomy community to classify a new low-frequency sample into observationally distinct sub-populations. The results will inform theories of galaxy evolution and black hole physics.

  Sir Keith Murdoch Fellow
Patrick Gentry
Vanderbilt University/ Monash University 
Research Interest: Neuropharmacology
Patrick’s post-doctoral research at Monash University will focus on a receptor in the brain thought to play a major role in substance addiction. His research will simultaneously elucidate the molecular structure and function of the receptor while also facilitating the development of drug like molecules for the treatment of addiction. 

    Sir Keith Murdoch Fellow
Maria Nayfa 
Duke University/James Cook University
Research Interest: Population Genomics   

Maria is pursuing her PhD in Marine Biology at James Cook University in Townsville, Australia. Her current research will focus on understanding the genetic architecture of coral adaptation to climate change using single-nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) data.

    Sir Keith Murdoch Fellow 
Emily Parisi  
California State University, Chico/University of Queensland
Research Interest: Chemical Engineering    
Emily's research will develop a method for the production of novel and economical bioplastics, and a route for processing Australia's abundant, native grasses in the synthesis of industrial-grade carbon fibers instead of using petroleum based raw materials. 


Sir Keith Murdoch Fellow
Mark Phuong
UCLA/Museum Victoria
Research Interest: Evolutionary Biology  

Mark is currently doing his PhD at the University of California, Los Angeles in evolutionary biology. He will be working with Dr. Adnan Moussalli at the Museum Victoria to identify several hundred genetic markers useful for inferring the evolutionary relationships between cone snail species.  


Sir Keith Murdoch Fellow 
Shana Radford 
Portland State University/University of New South Wales 
Research Interest: International Law  

Shana, a Citizen of the Confederated Umatilla Tribes will study practicability of economic and community development of indigenous rights in Australia and exploring the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and its implementation.  

  Sir Keith Murdoch Fellow 
Hillary Smith 
Columbia University/James Cook Univerisity
Research Interest: Marine Biology   
Hillary will be pursuing a Master of Science in Marine Biology and Ecology at James Cook University. Her primary research interest is to discover if and to what extent epigenetics play a role in scleractinian corals' response to climate-induced heat stress.

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