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Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute Science Award

Purpose

The Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute (VCCRI) is one of Australia’s pre-eminent research organizations with both a national and international reputation for excellence in biomedical research and training. In addition to these activities, the VCCRI is committed to the promotion of science in the broader community, and its application to the betterment of our society. To this end, and to foster and encourage interest in science and a career in science, which requires the highest levels of educational achievement, innovation, creativity and hard work, the Institute has established a Science Award to recognise the efforts and achievements of Australian school students.

Eligibility

Awardees will be selected by the school, in conjunction with representation from the school’s local municipal council and/or the NSW Department of Education. However, to be eligible the school nominating students for the Award will preferably have few other means of recognising achievements in science by their students. 

The Award

The Award, which will take the form of framed certificate recognising the recipient for their achievements, as well as the opportunity for the recipient to spend time at the Institute to learn first-hand about its activities and about a career in science, is available to all Year 11 (or equivalent) Australian students. It is envisioned that the award will be presented towards the end of the school year.

Background

Victor Chang was an outstanding cardiothoracic surgeon in Australia and South-East Asia, and one of the leading heart surgeons in the world. He pioneered the future of cardiothoracic surgery and research in Australia.  He was responsible for developing Australia’s National Heart Transplant Programme and, at the time of his death, was working on the development of an artificial heart valve, which would be used to support seriously ill patients who were awaiting heart transplants. 

Victor nurtured a vision to establish an internationally-recognised cardiac research centre at St Vincent’s.  With his tragic and untimely death in 1991 efforts to realise Victor’s dream accelerated resulting in generous donations which enabled the establishment of The Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute (VCCRI).

In addition to conducting fundamental heart research, the VCCRI is committed to providing excellence in biomedical research training and in the translation of basic science advances to bedside clinical treatments.

Points of Interest

  • The Victor Chang Cardiac research institute School Science Award has been developed to foster and encourage an interest in science among secondary school students, with the view to promoting careers in science as a viable and interesting career path.
  • The award is NOT a competition to find the best science student from all of the high schools in the Blacktown Local Government Area.
  • The award is about your school nominating the best science student in Year 11. How this is determined is at the compete discretion of the school.
  • The student that is nominated from each school will be invited to attend a presentation ceremony at Blacktown Council and at that ceremony The Mayor will present students with a certificate from the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute.
  • The Award, which will take the form of a framed certificate recognising the recipient for their achievements, as well as the opportunity for the recipient to spend time at the Institute to learn first - hand about its activities and about a career in science.

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