Lavarack Prize for Cell and Developmental Biology

Worth approximately $350, this prize rewards the student with the highest aggregate mark across the four subjects that comprise the Cell and Developmental Biology major.

Application type

No application is required. You will be automatically considered for this award.

Benefit type

Single payment
Full benefit details

Citizenship requirements

Australian / domestic student
International student

Total value

up to $350

Applicable study areas

Medicine, dentistry, health and welfare

Number of scholarships awarded


  • Eligibility & selection criteria


    To be eligible for this scholarship, you need to:

    • be enrolled in a Bachelor of Biomedicine or a Bachelor of Science and completing a Cell and Developmental Biology major

    Selection criteria

    Eligible applicants will be assessed on results in the core subject CEDB30002 Concepts in Cell & Developmental Biology, combined with the aggregate scores in the best three elective subjects contributing to the major.

  • Application process


  • When will I know the outcome?

    Recipient will be advised in writing in Semester One of the following academic year.

  • About the donor

    Dr Jo Lavarack

    John Ochiltree Lavarack was born in 1914 and graduated MBBS from the University of Melbourne in 1938. In 1939 he became a Resident Medical Officer at the Alfred Hospital and in 1940 he joined the armed forces, reaching the rank of Major as a Specialist Pathologist.

    In 1947, accepted an appointment in the Department of Pathology at the University of Melbourne and then with the Department of Anatomy in 1949. He worked with Sir Sydney Sunderland on peripheral nerve injury. He is remembered for his teaching in embryology, where his fine blackboard drawings were famous for aiding his clear explanations of a complex subject. In 1953 he was awarded a CJ Martin Fellowship from the NH&MRC and worked at King's College in London. He completed his PhD in 1953 and was appointed Reader in 1956. He died in 1998.

What are the benefits?

A single payment of approximately $350.

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