International travel beckons for PhD Excellence Award Winner
Posted 27 July 2012
From left to right: Andrew Major, Jenna Haverfield and Jessica Morison.
PHI student, Jenna Haverfield is busily packing her bags, after being named as one of three winners of Monash University’s Anthony Koelmeyer International PhD Excellence Award 2012. PHI student Jenna Haverfield will use the $1500 award to travel to the US next month to present her research on the impact of hormones on sperm development and male fertility at the Society for the Study of Reproduction (SSR) Conference in Pennsylvania.
Awarded in recognition of research excellence, the award provides recipients with assistance to attend international conferences and gain exposure to international laboratory settings and research techniques. Experiences Jenna Haverfield, a student with PHI’s Metabolism and Cancer Laboratory, sees as vital for to the development and growth of emerging research scientists.
“Medical research is a global community, therefore the opportunity to gain exposure by presenting at an international conference is invaluable for my development and confidence as a researcher,” said Jenna.
While in the US, Jenna will also visit research laboratories at New York’s Columbia and Rockefeller Universities where she hopes to observe new research techniques and approaches, as well as network with her international counterparts.
“As well as attending the SSR conference, I will be using this opportunity to visit laboratories at key research centres in New York. This opportunity will not only benefit my current research, but will enable me to raise my profile as an emerging early-career researcher,” said Jenna.
School of Biomedical Sciences PhD students, Jessica Morrison and Andrew Major also received awards.