Congratulations to the 2021 ExxonMobil Student Scientists of the Year

WA Premiers Science Awards celebrate National Science Week

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Congratulations to the 2021 ExxonMobil Student Scientists of the Year
Margaret Rogacki, ExxonMobil Australia LNG General Manager (far left) had the privilege of presenting 2021 ExxonMobil Student Scientists of the Year Niamh (centre) and Liam (right) with their WA Premier's Science Awards during National Science Week.
The winners of the 2021 Western Australia Premier’s Science Awards were announced at a ceremony on Monday 16 August 2021 during National Science Week.

ExxonMobil Australia was again a proud sponsor of the 2021 Awards, which recognise and celebrate outstanding researchers and STEM initiatives in Western Australia.

Award recipients exemplify the outstanding scientific research and engagement taking place in the State. The awards cover all fields of science, including natural, medical, applied and technological science, engineering and mathematics.

This year, there were joint-winners in the ExxonMobil Student Scientist of the Year award category, whose contributions to science are outlined below.

Congratulations to all this year’s finalists and the joint-winners of the ExxonMobil Student Scientist of the Year award, Liam and Niamh.

Liam Scarlett, Curtin University
Liam is completing a PhD in theoretical physics, focussing on modelling the fundamental reactions that take place in fusion, medical, and astrophysical plasmas. A highlight of his research has included developing a theory and suite of computer programs to produce the most detailed database of electron-molecule reaction probabilities to date, which was used by scientists working on the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor. Liam has authored an impressive list of publications, championed a number of international research collaborations, been invited to speak at international conferences, and is a positive ambassador for STEM through his supervision of undergraduate research projects.

Niamh Troy, Telethon Kids Institute / The University of Western Australia
Niamh is a PhD candidate at the Wal-yan Respiratory Research Centre, conducting research in cutting-edge bioinformatics to better understand the immune response to respiratory viral infections in asthma. Niamh’s work provides critical evidence for how we can use bacterial therapeutics to harness the innate immune system to protect against severe lung infections in infants. This work places WA at the forefront in the global race to identify safe preventative therapies for lower respiratory infections that can be given during infancy. Niamh extends her leadership skills through collaborations, primary school outreach and communicating her research to the public.

For more information, visit the Premier’s Science Awards website.