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MNHS celebrates best and brightest students at awards ceremony


MNHS celebrates best and brightest students at awards ceremony

13 April 2017

Over one hundred students from across all disciplines were recognised for their outstanding academic achievements at the annual Prize Night, hosted by the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences on Wednesday April 12th in the Australian Synchrotron. The event, which contributes to creating an environment where excellence is promoted, expected and recognised, was also used as an opportunity to acknowledge the generosity and ongoing support of prize donors.

Ria Jumabhoy’s outstanding work in the Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) was recognised with not one, but three awards. “Winning these prizes is a good indicator that I am progressing along the right path”, Ria said. “I didn’t do this alone though and owe a great deal to my supervisor, group members and everyone else who helped me along the way.” In the immediate future, she hopes to become more involved in research at Monash, focussing on Criminal or Forensic Psychology with the ultimate goal of continuing her education in this space. “Throughout my studies I have had access to leading researchers in several fields – both permanent staff and guest lecturers - who have been able to give me real insights in the type of work I hope to be doing.”

With four prizes Brandon Thia set a record for the night. The MBBS student from Singapore chose to study Medicine at Monash as it is the only Victorian university that offers direct entry. “This is great as it gives me more time in the course of my choice”, he comments.

Brandon loves the breadth medicine offers and hence hasn’t been able to make up his mind about the exact career path he plans to pursue. “I’m leaning towards becoming a physician though, as I like the culture in this specialisation and it will give me lots of opportunities to have direct contact with patients. Teaching is also something I consider as I would love to give back to the student community.”

When asked about his highlight in the course Brandon says: “Everything has been great so there is no particular highlight for me but tonight’s prize night will definitely be very memorable.”


Ria Jumabhoy

Ria Jumabhoy (Bachelor of Psychology Honours)