This scholarship is awarded annually for academic excellence to a student studying Molecular and Cell Biology at the third year level. It is named for Professor James Burnell, a long-standing member of the Molecular and Cell Biology Academic Group who taught extensively at the undergraduate level and mentored many Honours students. Professor Burnell retired in 2014. This scholarship is subject to the provisions of James Cook University’s Coursework Scholarships, Bursaries and Grants Policy.
Nature of the Scholarship
The value of the scholarship shall be $8,900* paid in two equal instalments after the census dates of Study period 1 and Study period 2.
*This amount for 2016 is equal to the Commonwealth supported student contribution amount for 24 credit points of Molecular and Cell Biology subjects, rounded to the nearest $100.
The James Burnell Molecular and Cell Biology Scholarship shall be open to competition among nominees who:
- are in their final year of a Bachelor’s Degree at James Cook University
- have undertaken at least two third level subjects in Molecular and Cell Biology subjects at JCU in the previous 12 months
- intend to commence an Honours program within a laboratory of the Molecular and Cell Biology Academic Group.
The Selection Criteria are:
- the student with the highest total mark of all third year students studying Molecular and Cell Biology subjects at JCU at the third year level, calculated as the sum of their best two final marks in Molecular and Cell Biology subjects.
- Where two nominees are considered to have equal weighting, the Selection Committee shall give consideration to:
- the merit of the nominees’ Honours proposal
- any other criteria that the Selection Committee deems appropriate.
Students do not need to apply for this Scholarship.
All students who meet the eligibility criteria will be considered.
The award of the scholarship shall be made in the absolute discretion of the Selection Committee, which shall comprise:
- Head of Molecular and Cell Biology Academic Group (Chair), or nominee
- Associate Dean, Research Education, College of Public Health, Medical & Veterinary Sciences, or nominee
- A minimum of one member of the Molecular and Cell Biology Academic Group, as determined by the Chair
- A member from any Academic Group other than Molecular and Cell Biology, as determined by the College Dean.
Three members shall form a quorum.
The Selection Committee reserves the right not to award a Scholarship in any year
The Selection Committee will determine all matters relating to the selection of the Scholarship recipient.
Monies payable to the recipient of an award shall be paid in two equal instalments after the census dates of Study Period 1 and Study Period 2.
Suspension or Termination of the Scholarship
- The recipient must maintain enrolment of at least 12 credit points in each Teaching Period (Semester) of the award.
- In the event the recipient defers their study, the recipient will no longer be eligible for the award. Where an award is terminated pursuant to the provisions to this clause it may be awarded to another suitable applicant.
- In the event the recipient takes an approved leave of absence, the recipient will no longer be eligible for the award.
- The requirements of the Scholarship shall not make the awarding of the Scholarship conditional upon the recipient providing unremunerated services or products to the donor.
- A student may lodge a request for review of decision in accordance with the provisions of the Student Complaint Management Policy and Procedures.
Administration of the Scholarship
- The scholarship is owned by the Molecular and Cell Biology Academic Group and shall be administered by the Scholarships Office, on behalf of the Selection Committee.
- The funds of the scholarship shall be held in an account in the name of the University and shall be administered by the officer of the University charged with administering the scholarship.
- The Selection Committee reserves the right to withdraw or suspend the scholarship at any time.
Unless there appears a contrary intention in these rules:
“academic institution” includes University, Technical and Further Education College, private education provider, secondary school and any other institution that undertakes teaching or research
“award” means the scholarship, bursary or grant
Scholarships for the purpose of these guidelines exclude scholarships for project and stipend support of research higher degree students.