Rebecca Leane wins RSV Young Scientist Research Prize for the Physical Sciences

Rebecca was awarded the prize for her research “Searching for Dark Matter in the Sky and at the Large Hadron Collider,” and for her ability to make her findings clear, accessible and engaging to an audience of non-scientists. Rebecca’s work develops new ways to determine the nature and presence of dark matter and is a significant step forward in this field of research. Her co-authors include CoEPP Chief Investigator, Associate Professor Nicole Bell.

“Rebecca’s scientific contributions to date are enormously significant and very exciting for further application in particle and astrophysics,” said RSV President, Dr Bill Birch AM. “Just getting through to this highly competitive final stage is a remarkable achievement for all our presenters this evening and both Rebecca and Dene [Murphy, runner-up] should be very pleased with the accomplishment. With two talented, confident finalists joining us from the Melbourne School of Physics for the second year running, it’s plain the School is developing not just some excellent scientists, but also some very effective communicators.” Dr Birch congratulated all the finalists, their supervisors and institutions on their impressive research achievements.

The Royal Society of Victoria Young Scientist Research Prizes were established to foster, recognise and reward excellence in scientific research in Victoria’s vibrant community of emerging scientists.

Read some of Rebecca's research here:

Dark forces in the sky: signals from Z' and the dark Higgs

Mono-W dark matter signals at the LHC: simplified model analysis

Dark matter at the LHC: Effective field theories and gauge invariance


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