The 2017 Menzies Scholars were presented with their medallions at an event in Sydney in November 2016, alongside the 2016 Fielding Menzies Tertiary Scholars and 2016 Menzies Centenary Prize winner. Pictured are: Bernadette Brady, Andrew King, Natasha Kennedy-Read, Nathan Van Wees, Olsen Garland, Lyndon Goddard and Ethan Koschitzke.
Awarded since the early 1980s for post graduate study in the areas of allied health, engineering, law and medicine, the annual scholarships enable exceptional individuals to further their studies at the world's best universities.
Many past recipients have risen to the highest levels of their profession as judges, professors, engineers and researchers.
2017 Sir Robert Menzies Memorial Research Scholarship in the Allied Health Sciences
Bernadette Brady graduated from a Bachelor of Applied Science with first class honours at The University of Sydney and went on to complete a Master of Manual Therapy at the University of Western Australia in 2011 for which she was awarded a University Medal.
Bernadette is completing a PhD entitled ‘The inequities of chronic pain - responding with culturally responsive physiotherapy’ through Western Sydney University and Liverpool Hospital. The 2017 Sir Robert Menzies Memorial Research Scholarship in the Allied Health Sciences will help Bernadette complete the final two years of her PhD.
2017 Sir Robert Menzies Memorial Scholarship in Engineering
Olsen Garland has been awarded the 2017 Sir Robert Menzies Memorial Scholarship in Engineering for his outstanding academic record, including the 2013 University Medal from the University of Newcastle, and his contribution to community.
Olsen graduated with a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering with First Class Honours in 2013. He is the youngest-elected chairman of the Electrical Branch of Engineers Australia and acts as a mentor with university students. Olsen volunteers for the NSW SES and has competed in national cycling competitions.
Olsen was awarded the scholarship to complete an MBA at the London Business School.
2017 Sir Ninian Stephen Menzies Scholarship in International Law
Lyndon Goddard has been awarded the 2017 Sir Ninian Stephen Menzies Scholarship in International Law for his outstanding academic record, including several Dean’s awards and voted as the 7th best Oralist in the world in the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition.
Lyndon graduated second in his class of 200 with a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of International Studies in 2013. He has volunteered at a community centre for disadvantaged high school students and was heavily involved with the UNSW Law Society and NSW chapter of GivingWhatWeCan, which evaluates the efficiency of charities.
Lyndon was awarded the scholarship to complete a Master of Laws at the University of Cambridge.
Nathan Van Wees
2017 Sir Robert Menzies Scholarship in Law
Nathan Van Wees has been awarded the 2017 Sir Robert Menzies Scholarship in Law for his outstanding academic record, including the Supreme Court Exhibition Prize for Best Honours Thesis (law), the University Medal from Monash University and his contribution to community.
Nathan graduated at the top of his class of 400 with a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts in 2015. He has worked as a volunteer tutoring refugees in English and provided research assistance at Refugee Legal. In addition Nathan completed three internships – the first with Ghana’s Human Rights Advocacy Centre, and later with within the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Canberra and for the Australian Human Rights Commission.
Nathan was awarded the Menzies scholarship to complete a Bachelor of Civil Law at Oxford University.
Dr Kevin Man
2016 NHMRC/RG Menzies Fellow
Dr Kevin Man has been awarded the 2016 NHMRC/RG Menzies Fellowship to further his research into circadian rhythm regulation on a cellular level. Kevin’s research will focus on understanding how genes regulate circadian rhythms, and the impact of disrupted cycles on cardiovascular and metabolic illnesses. His research may help with the development of tailorable therapies for immune related disorders such as asthma or type 2 diabetes.
Kevin’s research will be conducted at The University of California’s San Francisco campus and the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research. Through the fellowship he aims to bring new research techniques back to Australia where new technologies are reinventing the types of experiments which can be conceived.
Kevin was awarded his PhD by University of Melbourne in 2015
2016 Menzies Scholarship to Harvard
A consultant and business analyst with McKinsey & Co in Sydney, Dr Nick Gattas, 26, is a graduate of the University of Queensland and holds degrees in Arts and Medicine. He plans to use his expectant MBA at Harvard Business School to complement his medical degree and one day open a private hospital as a prototype for all hospitals in Australia, utilising the highest degree of technology in the treatment and prediction of chronic illnesses.
2016 Menzies Scholarship to Harvard
Sibella Matthews, a 26-year-old Sydney solicitor and policy advisor is passionate about the juvenile justice and child protection systems within Australia and plans on using her expectant degree in public policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University to better protect children’s rights. Sibella’s ambition is to use innovative policy reforms to bring the states and territories together to decrease the number of children in need of protection caught up in the criminal justice system