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WaterRA Memorial Scholarships

WaterRA acknowledges the contribution that Prof Nancy Millis and Prof Michael R Moore have made to the water industry throughout their careers.

WaterRA has two prestigious memorial awards for an exceptional PhD and Honours student...



Nancy Millis Memorial PhD Award

The late Emeritus Professor Nancy Millis AC MBE was appointed Chair of the Cooperative Research Centre for Water Quality and Treatment (CRCWQT) from 1995 until 2008 and subsequently maintained her involvement through the Education Program and on the Scientific Advisory Committee following the inception of Water Research Australia (WaterRA).

Nancy was a microbiologist of international repute who made enormous contributions in agriculture, environmental protection, medicine and engineering.

As a researcher, Nancy was at the forefront of recognising the importance of clean water and led the development of techniques to treat industrial wastewater.  Nancy's career was well known for her early pioneering research in the days when there were only men in science.  She learnt early on to stand her own ground and could back up a discussion with facts.

In 1977, Nancy became a Member of the British Empire (MBE) and in 1990 was made a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC).

From 1980 - 2000, Nancy chaired the Federal Government's generic engineering surveillance committees (RDMC and GMAC), which established guidelines that have become models for other countries in our region.

Nancy broke new ground for Australian women in science when in 1992 she was appointed the first female Chancellor of La Trobe University.

Nancy was an avid supporter of the Education Program and was on the judging panel every February for the student presentations.  Nancy was sharp, witty and didn't suffer fools lightly.  She was a pleasure to engage in conversation and most entertaining.

This award is intended for a student who has demonstrated initiative, has exceptional qualities and a passion for research.

Award value:
Additional $15,000 stipend and $10,000 overseas conference support



Open to full time students only
Open to domestic and international students.
All students awarded a WaterRA PhD scholarship will be considered for the Nancy Millis Memorial PhD award ie:  this is an additional award to the WaterRA scholarship, not a stand alone award.

The assessment criteria:
Academic merit, demonstrated initiative, outstanding qualities, and PhD Interview presentation.

WaterRA reserves the right not to offer the award.