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Science student wins General Sir John Monash Award



3 December 2009

Jonathan Kummerfeld, who completed his Bachelor of Science (Advanced) with first class honours and the University Medal in November 2009, has won the General Sir John Monash Award.

Jonathan Kummerfeld, who completed his Bachelor of Science (Advanced) with first class honours and the University Medal in November 2009, has won the prestigious General Sir John Monash Award.
Jonathan Kummerfeld, who completed his Bachelor of Science (Advanced) with first class honours and the University Medal in November 2009, has won the prestigious General Sir John Monash Award.

Announced on 2 December 2009, Jonathan was one of eight winners from across Australia of the 2010 General Sir John Monash Awards, which recognise excellent academic achievement and future leadership potential.

Presented by the Governor-General Her Excellency Ms Quentin Bryce in Canberra, the awards provide scholarships of up to $150 000 over three years for students to pursue further study at an international university of their choice.

Jonathan, who did his honours research in Computer Science and won the University Medal, will use his General Sir John Monash Award to study a Doctor of Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA, in Computational Science.

His research involves developing computational approaches to problems in chemistry, which he hopes will further the field of sustainable power generation and storage. Jonathan is also a trumpeter, a vocalist, and a long distance runner.

Throughout his degree, Jonathan took part in the Faculty of Science's Talented Student Program and was on the Dean's List of Excellence in Academic Performance every year of his degree. Jonathan also won several academic prizes during his science degree, including the Levey Scholarship No I for Physics, the GS Caird Scholarship in Computer Science and the University of Sydney Academic Merit Prize.

Another University of Sydney student, Zelie Wood, also won a 2010 General Sir John Monash Award. She has a Bachelor of Arts and LLB from the University of Sydney with the University Medal in Law, and will study a LLM at Cambridge University, followed by a D.Phil focussing on international and human rights law.

Dr Peter Binks, CEO of the John Monash Foundation, highlighted the success of the Sydney University graduates: "Jonathan and Zelie are outstanding winners, not just for their academic excellence, but also for their community involvement and their leadership capabilities."

The General Sir John Monash Awards are presented annually to up to eight outstanding Australian citizens graduating from Australian universities, to enable them to undertake postgraduate study abroad at the world's best universities.

The awards are based on various criteria, including outstanding intellect, leadership, altruism and active citizenship and the applicant's potential to contribute to their field and to the community.

General Sir John Monash was an outstanding leader, whose ideas on leadership are still relevant today, particularly the need for hard work and unswerving application. He strove for excellence in everything he tackled, and demonstrated excellence in his tertiary education with a Bachelor of Arts (Melb), Doctor of Laws (Melb), Doctor of Engineering (Melb), Doctor of Civil Law (Oxford), Doctor of Laws (Cambridge).

As Vice-Chancellor of Melbourne University, he encouraged a lifetime pursuit of knowledge. Monash University in Victoria is also named after General Sir John Monash. He was a gifted linguist, talented musician, appreciated the theatre and the arts and was involved in many community activities.

Read about all eight of the 2010 General Sir John Monash Awards winners at: www.monashawards.org/news.asp


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