This year’s Victorian Rhodes Scholar is not dreaming of a career in politics but in neuroscience.
Bendigo-born and raised, Alexander Eastwood, 24, majored in neuroscience as part of his science degree at Melbourne University, and spent a year at the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health researching autism and communication impairment.
Neuroscience is the scientific study of the nervous system, traditionally a branch of biology.
“[Oxford] is a nexus of neuroscience,” Mr Eastwood said.
“It’s an honour to receive this prestigious scholarship and I hope my return on this investment is a lifelong contribution to the Australian community.”
He has worked extensively with different conservation groups and was named Bendigo Young Citizen of the Year in 2010.
Governor Alex Chernov, who announced the award, said his academic and community work was “remarkable”.
The 2008 dux of Bendigo’s Catholic College said that while he wanted a career in neuropsychiatry he eventually wanted to teach.
This article originally appeared on page 4 of The Age newspaper on 31 October 2014.