Nancy Millis Award for theses of exceptional merit

2015 Nancy Millis awardeeThis award is named after Professor Nancy Millis, who served as Chancellor of La Trobe University for 14 years from 1992 - 2006.

A 'legend' in the world of science, she was one of only five Australian scientists recognised on the 'Australian Legends' series of stamps in 2002. During her distinguished career, Professor Millis gained a string of scientific and civic accolades, including election to the Australian Academy of Science, an MBE and a Companion of the Order of Australia.

Selection process

The Nancy Millis Medal is awarded to the authors of outstanding doctoral theses. Examiners are asked if they consider the thesis to be in the top five per cent of theses they have examined. Nominated theses are then assessed following the examination process and are considered for award through a selection process that involves the School's Director of Graduate Research. Final recommendations are approved by the Board of Graduate Research.

2018 recipients

The following recipients received their award in 2018.

AwardeeSchool Thesis Title
Larisa BardsleySchool of Humanities and Social SciencesReturning Home: A Creative Exploration of Self
Andrea BruderSchool of Allied HealthThe Role of Exercise in the Rehabilitation of Patients with Wrist Fracture
Miaomiao ChengSchool of Life SciencesUnderstanding Cd Phytoextraction by Australian Native Cd Accumulator
Janni ChristensenSchool of Molecular SciencesStructure and Interactions of Enzymes Functioning in the Diaminopimelate Biosynthesis Pathway
Kate LaingSchool of Humanities and Social SciencesFighting for a new world order: The Women's International League for Peace and Freedom in Australia 1915-1975
Daniel LopezSchool of Humanities and Social SciencesGeorg Lukács's Philosophy of Praxis
Kerry NixonSchool of Humanities and Social SciencesYeoman Farming in Rural Nineteenth-Century Victoria: A View of and from the Currie Diary
Elizabeth OrrSchool of Allied HealthMessages for Good Practice from Aboriginal Hospital Liaison Officers and Social Workers in Hospitals in Victoria
Nina RiddellSchool of Psychology and Public HealthA Systems Biology Approach to Refractive Errors and Associated Ocular Pathologies
David SnowdonSchool of Allied HealthClinical Supervision of Allied Health Professionals
Rochelle TixeiraSchool of Molecular SciencesApoptotic Cell Disassembly Regulation and Function in Cell Clearance
Catherine Anne Bent School of Psychology and Public Health

Factors associated with The Age of Diagnosis of Autism in Australia: Barriers and Enablers to Early Identification

Hannah Leigh Mayr School of Allied Health, Human Services and SportThe Effect of a Mediterranean Diet Versus Low-Fat Diet on Inflammation and Adiposity: an Intermediate Analysis of the AUSMED Heart Trial for Secondary Prevention of Coronary Heart Disease
Stephanie Paone School of Molecular Sciences

Molecular Mechanisms Underlying the Development of Atherosclerosis

Christopher John Taylor School of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences

Double Heyting Algebras

Jason Andrew Wallis School of Allied Health, Human Services and Sport

Physical Activity and Exercise for People with Severe Hip and Knee Osteoarthritis

Elena Wilson Rural Health School

People, Power, and Participation: The Disconnect Between Regulation, Reality and Ethics

Christopher SmedleySchool of Molecular SciencesDeveloping Sulfur-Fluoride Exchange Click Chemistry

Previous Awardees

2017 recipients

The following recipients will receive their award at a special event, held at the Graduate Research School in December 2017.

AwardeeSchool Thesis Title
Slade Allen-Ankins School of Life Sciences

Physiological Mechanisms Underlying Fish Distributions along Elevational Gradients: Estimating Fundamental Thermal Niches

Nang Seng Aye School of Life Sciences

Impact of Liming Soil Organic Carbon Dynamics in Acid Soils

Amy Baxter School of Molecular Sciences

Elucidating the Molecular Mechanism of Tumour Cell-Killing by Defensins of the Solanaceae Plant Family

Scott Doidge School of Humanities and Social Sciences

The Anxiety of Ascent: Middle Class Narratives in Germany and America

Claudia Araceli Garcia-Solis School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Archaeology and Tourism: the Performance of Conservation at the World Heritage Site of Chichen Itza

Andrew Gilbert School of Humanities and Social Sciences

The Crisis Paradigm: The Concept of “Crisis” and its Limits in Lukacs, Koselleck, Arendt and Habermas

Lisa Hanson School of Allied Health

Field Exercise Tests Used to Measure Physical Fitness and Functional Capacity in Cardiac Rehabilitation

William Keeton La Trobe Business School

Managing Community Engagement: A Cross-Case Analysis of Water Organizations in Victoria, Australia

Xuan Mai La Trobe Business School

Understanding Performance Measurement Practice for Academics from a Social Interaction Perspective-a Vietnamese Case Study

George Mbogo School of Molecular Sciences

ß-Adrenoceptor Mediated Bim Dependent Apoptosis Inhibitors as Novel Therapeutics for Heart Failure

Alice Mora School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Reconstructing Human Diets at a Fine Scale: Sequential Measurement of Amino Acid D13C Values along Single Hairs of Pre-Columbian Individuals

Amie O'Shea School of Psychology and Public Health

I’m Just a Rare Girl: Gender and Disability in Life Stories Produced with Young Women with Intellectual Disabilities

Thanh Kha Phan School of Molecular Sciences

Phosphoinositide-Binding Molecules as Potential Multifunctional Anticancer, Anti-Infective and Immunomodulatory Therapeutics

Jayne Russell School of Psychology and Public Health

Social Support and the Experience of Living with HIV for Women in Australia

Alex Schenk School of Molecular Sciences New Diamond Surface Terminations for Quantum Devices
Deborah Shnookal School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Miami or the Mountains: Operation Pedro Pan and the Children of the Cuban Revolution, 1959 - 1962

Ju Lin Tan School of Molecular Sciences

Exploring the Role of ClpS in the N-End Rule Pathway in Mycobacterium Smegmatis

Sarah Warby School of Allied Health

The Effect of Rehabilitation Programs on Multidirectional Instability of the Genohumeral Joint

Jennifer Wood School of Life Sciences

Ecology and the art of looking: incorporating ecological-frameworks into the analysis of soil- and rhizosphere-microbial communities

2016 recipients

The following recipients received their award at a special event, held at the Graduate Research School in December 2016.

AwardeeSchool Thesis Title
Prue Atkins School of Allied Health

The influence of organisational context in the practice implementation process: identifying influential aspects of design intent in an innovative therapeutic outreach program for child protection clients.

Emma Bland School of Molecular Sciences

High frequency remote sensing of Pc5 ultra-low frequency waves using the Super Dual Auroral Radar Network

Wendy Bunston School of Allied Health

How Refuge provides 'refuge' to Infants : Exploring the ways in which 'refuge' is provided to, and experienced by, infants entering crisis accommodation with their mothers after fleeing family violence

Imogen Clark School of Allied Health

Music to support physical activity in older adults with health conditions

Shannon Couchman School of Molecular Sciences

A theoretical investigation of novel main group organometallic compounds

Gary Devilles School of Humanities and Social Sciences

City Sense An Interdisciplinary Approach to Sensing Manila

Joseph Evans School of Molecular Sciences

The role of TRAFs and RIP kinases in regulating inflammatory signalling in vivo

Leesa Hooker School of Nursing and Midwifery

Strengthening maternal and child health nursing practice for women and children experiencing family violence

Joe Rae Latham School of Psychology and Public Health

Trans Men’s Realities : An Ontological Politics of Sex, Gender and Sexuality

Umar Lubanga School of Life Sciences

Reproductive biology, signalling and sexual selection in the She-oak psyllid Aacanthocnema dobsoni (Froggatt) (Hemiptera: Triozidae)

Alison Lugg School of Education

Remaking Futures: A Case Study of Pre-service Outdoor Sustainability Education Teachers

Gustavo Portes School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Sacrifice in animation : Psychological development and relationship in the work of Pixar and Hayao Miyazaki

Alin Rai School of Molecular Sciences

Role of extracellular vesicles in colorectal cancer progression

Mark Scillio School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Making career stories : navigating work life and a sense of security

Holly Sellers School of Humanities and
Social Sciences

A linguistic approach to ethnobotanical plant name classification in southern Lisu

Aryeh Solomon School of Education

The educational theory of Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson