The Ritchie ChemCentre Scholarship in Chemistry was established in 2012 by Emeritus Professor Ian Ritchie, ChemCentre and Murdoch University to recognise a student’s enthusiasm for chemistry and application to their studies, and assist the winner to gain laboratory experience to develop their career. The scholarship provides a cash prize and paid summer internship at ChemCentre.
Kristen will work with ChemCentre’s organic chemistry team to develop her interest in biological chemistry, before commencing her Honours study in 2016.
ChemCentre CEO Peter Millington said the late Professor Ritchie’s enduring links between ChemCentre and Murdoch University provide an opportunity for tomorrow’s leaders to gain valuable work experience in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) areas.
“We’re proud of our important role in developing Western Australia’s future scientists, and the Ritchie ChemCentre Scholarship continues the strong connection we have with chemistry in our tertiary institutions. We look forward to welcoming Kristen to the team over summer,” said Mr Millington.
Kristen – and Clara Millet from Murdoch’s Scholarships office – joined ChemCentre staff for the announcement on 16 December. As a former volunteer at ChemCentre’s Open Day, Kristen is not new to ChemCentre, and enjoyed the opportunity to discuss her area of study with staff and make arrangements for her placement. Kristen follows in the footsteps of previous winners Luke Kitchens and Sheena Trigg.