This page offers links to Biochemistry and Molecular Biology educational resources. Please contact Nirma Samarawickrama or Tracey Kuit if you would like to suggest other resources.

The Shimadzu Education Award

The Shimadzu Education Award rewards outstanding achievement in education in biochemistry or molecular biology, especially innovation and creativity in education, with a view to fostering leadership in this important area of the Society’s objectives. The Award will enable the recipient to participate in an international conference with a significant focus on education, or to spend a period of time at another institution (in Australia or overseas) for the purposes of undertaking developments in education in biochemistry and molecular biology. The recipient will present a lecture within the Education Symposium at the annual ASBMB conference. Applicants must have been members of the Society for at least 2 years before the year in which the Award application is to be considered. ‘The contribution to travel expenses is provided through the courtesy of the Shimadzu Excellence in Science Program.

The 2021 application round will open in July 2020.

Terry Mulhern
2019 Awardee – Terry Mulhern
Department of Biochemistry and Genetics
University of Melbourne
Terry Mulhern is the Director of Teaching and Learning for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Melbourne. He obtained his PhD from the University of Queensland in 1995 and has worked at the Universities of Oxford, Adelaide and Melbourne. One of his passions is to encourage students to explore and communicate science through the visual and performing arts. In 2017, Terry received the Faculty of Medicine Dentistry and Health Sciences Award for Learning and Teaching Achievement and was the 2018 winner of the University of Melbourne David White Award for Teaching Excellence.

View previous winners

Applying for a Teaching Award (from ComBio2018)

Maurizio Costabile, Tracey Kuit and Rebecca LeBard
This presentation outlines why an individual (or group) might wish to apply for a teaching award, gives examples of what is excellence in teaching, examples of evidence that can be used in a teaching award application and lastly things ‘to do’ and ‘not to do’ in writing your application to give you the best chance of success.

Writing a Teaching Grant (from ComBio2018)

Susan Rowland and Tracey Kuit
This presentation explains how to how to develop an idea for an education project, plan the project (with budget), align the project with funders’ interests and present it in grant form with the best chance of success.


Contributing to the Australian Biochemist Education Feature

Each issue of the Australian Biochemist includes an Education Feature. Here are some guidelines on how to contribute.
Almost any contribution format is welcome. We encourage you to look at the previous editions of Australian Biochemist to get an idea of the scope and style of published items.
Our goal is to bring you interesting, thought provoking, useful and fun articles from the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology community.
You do not need to be a specialist educator to contribute. Your article also does not have to apply only to biochemistry and molecular biology education.
If you have an idea and are unsure please write to us and make suggestions for your own article. We welcome and appreciate your contributions!

Thank you
Nirma Samarawickrema and Tracey Kuit
ASBMB Education Feature Coordinators

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