Ananthan Ambikairajah is a passionate neuroscientist, educator and science communicator. His research interests include genetic, environmental and lifestyle factors which influence brain health, with a particular focus on neurodegenerative diseases, such as dementia.
Ananthan is currently completing his PhD, which aims to investigate how physiological changes during midlife impact the brain. Ananthan is determined to conduct research that can have a positive, widespread impact on society, in addition to communicating his scientific work to the public to spark interest, critical thought and encourage scientific discourse.
PhDc in Neuroscience, 2018 to date
Australian National University - Research School of Population Health
Master of Teaching (Secondary), 2016-2017
University of New South Wales - School of Education
Bachelor of Science (Neuroscience), 2012-2015
University of New South Wales - School of Medical Science
The founder of The Big Brother Scholarship, Mr Ananthan Ambikairajah, is an old boy of Sydney Technical High School. Ananthan is a neuroscientist, educator and science communicator who has taught in both high school and university environments. He has had extensive experience in mentoring, motivating and engaging students. Ananthan has been accepted into a PhD program at the Australian National University in Canberra and has been awarded an Australian Government Research Training Program (AGRTP) stipend scholarship, to pursue research in the field of neuroscience. As a result of this, he has decided to use some of this money to make a positive impact. This has led to the conceptualisation of The Big Brother Scholarship.
The goal of The Big Brother Scholarship is to provide support for a student who is in need of some form of mentorship in their lives. This support will include a $500 stipend, in addition to monthly mentoring sessions, to help students with either their personal or professional lives. These monthly mentoring sessions will broadly be focused around goal setting activities, in addition to developing the skills to establish a strong professional and/or personal network so that students can achieve their goals.
The Big Brother Scholarship also aims to provide all prospective applicants with an opportunity to gain experience with key elements of an application process. Prospective applicants will gain experience with writing a personal statement, creating a resume, getting a document certified, reaching out to potential referees and responding to written application questions. The process of applying for The Big Brother Scholarship will provide prospective applicants with valuable feedback and insights, which will help facilitate their professional development.
Applications close 5pm, April 15th, 2021.
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