Naomi Paxton, a PhD student working with industry on better ways to 3D print body parts, is the first winner of the Ezio Rizzardo Polymer Scholarship.
Ms Paxton, from the Queensland University of Technology, is researching the fabrication of high-density polyethylene, patient-specific surgical implants.
The Ezio Rizzardo Polymer Scholarship acknowledges the potential impact of an outstanding PhD candidate in polymer science or engineering.
The award is made to an existing scholarship holder who is intending to undertake PhD studies related to polymer science or engineering and whose work will benefit Australia.
The scholarship will provide $10,000 per year over three years, plus a $5000 travel fund.
The Academy administers the scholarship, which is funded by the former CRC for Polymers.
The Awardee will:
- have demonstrated excellence in their undergraduate degree
- present a research proposal with the potential to make a high-impact contribution to polymer science or engineering
- be able to effectively communicate their scientific ideas and accomplishments to a broad audience
Eligibility is limited to students who will be enrolled at one of the 14 participant universities of the former CRC for Polymers and who are Australian citizens or Australian permanent residents.
The 14 universities are University of Melbourne, Monash University, RMIT University, Swinburne University of Technology, University of Sydney, University of NSW, University of Wollongong, University of Newcastle, University of New England, University of Queensland, Queensland University of Technology, Griffith University, University of South Australia and University of Western Australia.
Nominations are considered by a selection committee comprising Academy Fellows who are polymer specialists.