Sunderland Prize for Neuroscience
- Study level
- Study Area
- Anatomy and Neuroscience
The Department of Anatomy and Neuroscience administers three Majors and has made available a prize to the top student in each. In each case, the prize is awarded to the student with the highest aggregate mark across the four subjects that comprise the Major.
Neuroscience Major - Sunderland Prize
Human Structure and Function Major - Wood Jones Prize
Cell and Developmental Biology Major - Lavarack Prize
One prize of $350
Disclaimer: The benefit amount for this award is approximate. It will be confirmed at the time of awarding and determined by the committee according to the terms of the award.
Awarded to the student completing a Neuroscience Major in any year who has the highest aggregate score in the two core subjects, NEUR30003 Principles of Neuroscience and NEUR30002 Neurophysiology, combined with the aggregate scores in the best two electives that contribute to the major.
Selection is based on academic performance in 3rd year subjects contributing to the major.
Prize winners are notified by letter and email.
Please contact Robb De Iongh, Associate Professor, Anatomy and Neuroscience, r.deIongh@unimelb.edu.au
Who was Sir Sydney Sunderland?
Born in Brisbane in 1910, he attended Brisbane High School from which he graduated as Dux before commencing a science degree at the University of Queensland. After one year he came to Melbourne to enter the medical course and, on December 9 1935, was admitted to the degrees of Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery at the University of Melbourne. Such was his distinction as an undergraduate he was appointed Senior Lecturer in Anatomy immediately. Two years later he went to Oxford as a Demonstrator in Anatomy. He was appointed to the Chair of Anatomy and Histology at the University of Melbourne in March, 1940 at the age of 29.
The early years of the war were very difficult ones but his heavy teaching duties did not deter him from investigational work. From 1941-45 he was Visiting Consultant on Injuries of the Peripheral Nervous System at the General Hospital, Heidelberg. Throughout the years he maintained this interest and his many papers and articles and his major book Nerves and Nerve Injuries reflect his pre-eminence in this subject.
His appointment as Dean of the Faculty of Medicine in 1953 led him to the wider fields of medical administration and University government. During his years of service as Dean he saw his Faculty through eighteen years of growth and development, years of greater change and progress than ever before.
He was a popular chairman of Anatomy and had an enormous influence on the development of the Department and it was largely through his efforts that we occupy such a fine building today. He was strongly supportive of his staff and worked hard on behalf of the Department to see that it was well resourced. He was an excellent teacher who had an ability to inspire his students through his lucid and informed presentations. His commitment to excellence was conveyed by example. Sir Syd, as he was affectionately known in the Department, died on 27 August 1993 at the age of 82. Further details of his life and considerable achievements can be found here.
Sir Sydney Sunderland
2015 | Paige Dissanayake
2014 | Timothy Phan