18 December 2015

The University of Queensland has been the most successful university in the inaugural Westpac Future Leaders Scholarships.

Four UQ students are among the 17 Australian recipients of the $120,000 scholarship, which will help them cover the cost of their studies, and undertake global experience opportunities and a nine-month leadership development program.

The scholarships are designed to support exceptional post-graduate students who have the potential to shape Australia’s future.

UQ Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) Professor Joanne Wright said being chosen as one of the 17 recipients was an outstanding achievement.

“This scholarship is testament to the students’ talent and their passion to create positive change in Australia and internationally,” she said.

Engineering PhD student Leela Dilkes-Hoffman’s project will research the sustainable production, use and end-of-life-processing of bio-derived and biodegradable wood plastic composite materials.

Biological sciences Masters student Michael Hall is working on interpreting and deciphering large amounts of data from biological systems to inform personalised medicine, including for cancer treatment and antibiotic-resistant infections.

Carrie Sims is working toward a PhD in biological sciences, building an environmentally conscious and resilient Australia through marine research in evolutionary ecology of coral species co-existence.

Mathematical sciences PhD student Gemma Clayton is looking at improvements in solar technology to increase its feasibility to support rural and remote Australian Indigenous communities, particularly.

“I congratulate Gemma, Michael, Carrie and Leela on this well-deserved recognition," Professor Wright said. 

To view all the recipients, please visit the Westpac Future Leaders Scholarships website

Media: UQ Communications, communications@uq.edu.au, 07 3365 1130.