A combination of compassion, dedication and perseverance characterises the winner of the 2011 Rhodes Scholarship.
23-year-old Elizabeth Murray said she takes great satisfaction in helping others. “I believe that ending the day with the knowledge that you have enriched someone else’s life is one of the most fulfilling experiences a person can know,” she said.
Elizabeth was recently presented with the Rhodes Scholarship at Government House, accompanied by her mother and grandmother, who were both extremely proud of her achievement. Elizabeth hopes to enrich the lives of others through the advancement of neuroscience. “I plan to undertake a Masters of Science in Neuroscience at Oxford University to investigate the recovery of function after brain damage,” she said.
At UTAS Elizabeth completed a Bachelor of Psychology with first class honours in 2009. Elizabeth said her life experience and studies have led her to develop a passion for neuroscience with a view to becoming a researcher/practitioner in clinical neuropsychology.
Born in Launceston, Elizabeth completed part of her degree at the UTAS Newnham campus but completed the final year of her undergraduate degree and her honours year in Hobart. Throughout her time at UTAS Elizabeth achieved consistently excellent results and was placed on the Dean’s Roll of Excellence every year of her undergraduate degree. She was awarded the University Medal in 2009. Elizabeth was also awarded the Dean’s Citation for the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology for outstanding academic performance in undergraduate and Honours courses.
While at UTAS Elizabeth worked casually for the University’s Peer Assisted Study Sessions Program, supporting first-year students studying psychology, winning a National Peer Leader Achievement Award for her role in 2009.
As well as her academic pursuits, Elizabeth is passionate about travelling and recently returned from a solo trip around the world. She wrote segments of her Rhodes application in different locations along the way. She has participated in a wide range of volunteer activities, including volunteer dog walking at the RSPCA, hamper-packing with St Vincent de Paul and assisting underprivileged children in sail training onboard the Young Endeavour Sail Training Ship. Elizabeth also loves classic literature, the theatre and is passionate about sport. She enjoys netball, orienteering, cross country and athletics, but says rowing is her “one true love.”