Top of the class

The late Emeritus Professor Mollie Holman.

The late Emeritus Professor Mollie Holman.

The University's most outstanding PhD graduates have been honoured with prestigious Mollie Holman Medals.

The 10 awardees were each nominated by their faculties for the annual Vice-Chancellor's commendation for doctoral thesis excellence.

The award is named after Emeritus Professor Mollie Holman in honour of her significant contribution to science and education.

The awards recognise the best PhD thesis in each faculty, and take into account criteria such as the quality and scope of the research conducted, and the publications and patents that arise directly from the thesis.

This year's medal recipients were:

Faculty of Art Design & Architecture
Dr Mark Themann for his thesis, Into this space.

Faculty of Arts
Dr Alison Gerard for her thesis, The Impact of Border Securitisation on Women’s Experiences of Arrival in Malta.

Faculty of Business and Economics
Dr Tuck Cheong Tang for his thesis, 'Common factors' and cointegration of Japan’s aggregate import demand function: an empirical study.

Faculty of Education
Dr Clare Hall for her thesis, Voices of distinction: choirboy's narratives of music, masculinity and the middle-class.

Faculty of Engineering
Dr Samintha Perera for her thesis, Investigation of the effect of carbon dioxide sequestration on the hydro-mechanical properties of coal.

Faculty of Information Technology
Dr Yanir Seroussi for his thesis, Text mining and rating prediction with topical user models.

Faculty of Law
Dr Lisa Spagnolo for her thesis, The efficiency, use and interpretation of the Vienna Convention for Contracts on the International Sale of Goods.

Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Dr Michael Roche for his thesis, HIV-1 envelope protein determinants of viral tropism and antiviral drug resistance.

Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Dr Phillip Bergen for his thesis, Towards optimising use of colistin against Pseudomonas aeruginosa.

Faculty of Science
Dr Torben Daeneke for his thesis, Novel redox couples for dye-sensitized solar cells.

For further information on the nomination process and for next year's awards contact Arun Kumar at the Monash University Institute of Graduate Research on +613 9905 2070, or email