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ANU medical student Atul Sharma in Mutitjulu, near Uluru

26 May 2023

Heart-to-hearts in the Red Centre

Medical student Atul Sharma reflects on how a remote placement in Central Australia allowed him to explore his Australian-Indian identity, and embrace his name.

Naila Rahman (PhD '94)

16 Dec 2022

An ANU family

"My husband, Shahidullah, was coming to Australia to do a masters through an Australian International Development Assistance Bureau scholarship. Since four years is a long time, I turned down a Commonwealth Scholarship for Canada, and decided to come with him to ANU."

Atul Sharma | 20 Sep 2022

10 top tips for undergraduate science researchers

Research projects! Where do you start? Read up for some handy hints from someone who's already been there, done that.

20 Sep 2022

Appeal of rural medicine may grow post-pandemic

During his rural placement in Eurobodalla, Mr Sharma has become well aware of the benefits of small town living such as the strong sense of community, the slower pace of life, and fresher air. Read more here.

11 Jul 2022

Friendship got me through Medical School

Kitiphume Thammasiraphop talks of the relationships he has made at ANU and the support when entering the work force.

11 Jul 2022

Like mother, like daughter

Dr Katharine Bassett graduates and joins her mother as an ANU alum of the John Curtin School of Medical Research.

Dr Susan Serjeantson and Maija Kohonen-Corish as a PhD student at JCSMR

24 Jun 2022

From Helsinki to Australia’s national university

"My first trip to Australia was in 1980. By 1984 I had packed up my life and made the trip halfway around the world, from Finland to Australia, to study my PhD at ANU."

Dr Kee Cheung OAM (PhD ‘80)

12 May 2022

A Surprise Reunion with ANU

"For my 70th birthday, my family, together with the help of the ANU Alumni team, organised a surprise trip to re-visit The Australian National University - a place that changed my life forever."

Soumiga Gopalakrishnan (BHealthSc ’21)

18 Mar 2022

From Seeking Asylum to Studying Medicine

"Nine years ago, my family and I fled war in Sri Lanka. We travelled to Australia by boat and spent months living in detention centres before settling in Brisbane, where I finished my high-school education with dreams of attending university."

Yingxi Cimo Chen

29 Sep 2021

The humanitarian researcher

In May 2021, Yingxi Cimo Chen worked as a medical volunteer helping migrant children detained in camps at El Paso, Texas on the US-Mexico border. Her humanitarian efforts made her realise the harsh reality of the situation.