The University of Western Australia is offering a student from Sichuan University a postgraduate scholarship to study with Nobel Laureate Professor Barry Marshall.
Professor Marshall will provide details of the University's Sichuan Earthquake Scholarship tomorrow morning (October 1, 2008) with the visiting Chinese Minister-Counsellor for Education, Mr Wang Yongda, and his deputy Mr Xue Fei.
UWA is offering a student from Wenchuan County, or another part of the earthquake-affected area, studying at Sichuan University, a postgraduate scholarship as a contribution to reconstruction in the aftermath of the Sichuan earthquake. The scholarship will be awarded on academic merit to a student deemed most likely to benefit from the scholarship as well as one who will contribute to the rebuilding of Wenchuan.
The Sichuan earthquake on the afternoon of May 12, 2008 measured 7.9 on the Richter scale killing some 70,000 people and injuring more than 370,000, with more than 18,000 listed as missing. The earthquake left millions of people homeless. It was the deadliest and strongest earthquake to hit China since 1976.
The scholarship is in the field of infectious diseases and the successful candidate will work in the University's Marshall Centre for Infectious Diseases Research and Training with Professor Marshall as his or her postgraduate supervisor.
The Marshall Centre was founded in 2007 to commemorate the award of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine to Professor Barry Marshall and Emeritus Professor Robin Warren. Prof Marshall proved that Helicobacter pylori caused most stomach ulcers by deliberately infecting himself with the bacterium.
EDITORS NOTE: October 1 is the National Day of the People's Republic of China
WHAT: Visit to Marshall Centre for Infectious Diseases Research and Training to discuss UWA Sichuan Earthquake Scholarship.
WHEN: Wednesday 1 October, 2008, 9:30-10:30am
WHERE: Marshall Centre for Infectious Diseases Research and Training. QEII Medical Centre, G13 L Block Monash Avenue, Nedlands
Jessica Needle (Marshall Centre) (+61 8) 9346 2516
A/Prof Gary Sigley Director, Confucius Institute (UWA) (+61 8) 6488 3959 / 6888
Janine MacDonald (UWA Public Affairs) (+61 8) 6488 5563 / (+61 4) 32 637 716