2016 winning projects

Four of Victoria's best and brightest have received funding as part of Museums Victoria's annual 1854 Scholarship programme.

This year's recipients are undertaking Masters and PhD study across a number of disciplines. The successful candidates are provided with funding which enables them to undertake field work or other research-related activities. Without this funding, these activities may not otherwise be possible.

For the first time in 2016, the 1854 Scholarships were funded by donations from Museum Members.

The winners

The students attended a morning tea at the Melbourne Museum and were presented with their scholarships by Dr Robin Hirst, Director of Collections, Research and Exhibitions.

Dr Robin Hirst with the four recipients of the 1854 Student Scholarships for 2016, in front of the blue whale skeleton.
From left: Bronwyn Shepherd, Lisa Hilli, Robin Hirst, Owen Peter Missen and Brittany Carter.

The successful applicants and their projects for 2016 were:

Brittany Carter

MSc student, University of Melbourne

Project: "A multi-gene phylogenetic and population genomics study of the Central Military Dragon (Ctenophorus isolepis)"

Brittany will be using her scholarship to fund the use of a Micro CT scanner at the University of Melbourne.

Owen Missen

MSc student, University of Melbourne

Project: "An investigation of secondary tellurium minerals from Moctezuma, Mexico and related synthetic phases"

Owen will be using the scholarship to partially fund travel to the National History Museum of Paris and the National History Museum of London to review mineral specimens housed in their collections.

Lisa Hilli

Masters of Fine Art student, RMIT University

Project: "Revealing Reverend Rickard"

Lisa will be using the scholarship to fund travel to the NSW State Library, Australia Museum, Queensland Museum and University of Queensland Library to access collection items relevant to Reverend Rickard.

Bronwyn Shepherd

PhD student, Deakin University

Project: "Milingimbi Mission and early 20th century constructions of difference"

Bronwyn's scholarship will fund a trip to Milingimbi to undertake field work.

The 1854 Scholarships for 2017 will be announced in March 2018.

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