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Welcome to the Biomedicine Chancellor's Scholars Program

Ollie Xue

Chancellor's Scholar
Bachelor of Biomedicine
Third Year Student

"Through the Chancellor’s Scholars Program, I have met many like minded peers through various functions, and gained invaluable insight through the seminar series and the mentoring program."

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Bridget BishopBridget Bishop

Doctor of Medicine
Third Year Student

"As a recent graduate of the Chancellor’s Scholars Program myself, I was excited to be a part of the inaugural mentoring program as a student mentor this year."

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Mark HargreavesMark Hargreaves

Professor of Physiology
Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research Partnerships)

"My role as a CSP mentor is to provide advice and support to the members of my group as they navigate their way through the Biomedicine course and consider their postgraduate options."

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As a scholar within this program, you will have access to a tailored program of activities as part of our Next Steps program. This program will get you connected with the range of graduate coursework and research programs across the Faculty in the Biomedical and Health Sciences as well as to graduate offerings more broadly in other areas of the university. It is never too early to start exploring your options which for you are extensive and include guaranteed entry to our flagship Doctor of Medicine (subject to interview), Doctor of Physiotherapy and Doctor of Dental Surgery degrees.


What is special about being a Bachelor of Biomedicine Chancellor's Scholar?

Biomedicine Next Steps ProgramAcademic and Student Mentoring

The unique feature of the Biomedicine program is the mentoring component. Each Chancellor's Scholar is matched according to interest with an academic mentor who is also a practicing clinician, researcher or teaching academic. The academic mentor provides career guidance and support over the duration of your degree. In 2014 our academic mentors include GPs, surgeons, researchers and dentists. Our Chancellor's Scholars have told us how invaluable this 'real life' advice has been from people who who are passionate about their respective professions.

Additionally each scholar is matched according to interest with a graduate student mentor, a Biomedicine alumnus who is also enrolled in the Doctor of Medicine, Doctor of Dental Surgery, or an Honours year. The student mentor is able to provide real and timely advice in relation to their pathways decision making because they have recently been through the same decision making process. This includes advice on the choice of major and on the graduate programs themselves from students who are actually enrolled in them.

The student mentor and their mentees are each matched to the same academic mentor. Our student mentors have also benefited from the program through development of their leadership skills.

Biomedicine Chancellor’s Scholars – Rural Internship Program

Biomedicine Chancellor’s Scholars are also given the opportunity to take part in the Rural Internship program as part of the volunteering and internship enrichment offered by the Chancellor’s Scholars program. This involves select students travelling to a small rural/regional town and taking part in a myriad of volunteering activities; past students have had opportunities such as community service (e.g. Meals on Wheels) and observing healthcare workers (e.g. nurses, GPs) at rural health sites and hospitals.
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Exchange and Study Abroad

Biomedicine Chancellor’s Scholars are awarded a grant of up to $2500 under the Melbourne Global Scholars Award. This is to assist an approved exchange or study abroad program during your undergraduate degree. The University strongly encourages scholars to take up this immersive opportunity whilst completing part of your degree overseas. 
Past Biomedicine Chancellor’s Scholars have travelled to include:
  • University of California - San Diego and Los Angeles (USA)
  • McGill University (Canada)
  • Yale University (USA) via Study Abroad
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Chancellor's Scholars seminar series

This seminar series brings scholars and mentors together for a series of focused career sessions and tours. Past sessions have included a tour of the Melbourne Brain Centre research facilities, a tour of the new MOHTEC (state of the art Dental teaching facilities) as well as a forum with two of our academic mentors who are also practicing GPs and who described their own fascinating career journeys in medicine. 

Access to graduate student societies

Our Chancellor's Scholars are connected with our graduate student societies (for example the University of Melbourne Medical Students' Society) who extend an open invitation to them to any events with a careers focus. These events often include talks by medical specialists as well as careers evenings with a health discipline focus.

Course Information Session on Tuesday 28 April 2015 for 2016 Applications:

  • Doctor of Medicine (MD)
  • Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS)
  • Doctor of Physiotherapy (DPT)
  • Doctor of Optometry (OD)

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Important information for Chancellor’s Scholars – for Doctor of Medicine (MD), Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) 2016 Applications

Applications for 2016 entry have now closed.

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