All-rounder Jeremy Flanagan represents Australia at Undergraduate Awards

Honours student Jeremy Flanagan hasn’t had your typical summer break at the end of four years of hard studying.

Instead of backpacking around Asia or Europe, or lying on a deserted beach off the beaten track, this high-achieving Bachelor of Science (Hons) graduate has been in Dublin to accept an Undergraduate Award as the Oceania regional winner.

The Undergraduate Awards recognise the best university graduates from 45 countries in a range of disciplines from linguistics and economics to engineering, sociology and the life sciences.

Jeremy attended the three-day Undergraduate Global Summit to network and share cross-disciplinary research with his international peers in a vibrant and engaging space.

I wholeheartedly recommend any undergraduate or honours students to submit their work to The Undergraduate Awards. It was such an amazing experience to hear from such a wide breadth of undergraduate students from across the world,” says Jeremy.

“I have a number of people to thank for supporting me in this endeavour. Jen de Gabriele (Faculty of Science), Dr Chris French (Faculty of Medicine) and especially my project supervisors Dr Erin Campbell and Professor Andrew Lawrence who have been extremely supportive mentors, with my academic and concurrent sporting endeavours.”

At the Florey, Jeremy worked in the Addiction Neuroscience laboratory with Dr Erin Campbell and Professor Andrew Lawrence. Jeremy’s Honours research identified a part of the brain responsible for relapse to alcohol abuse even in the face of negative consequences – a hallmark of classical addiction biology.

This work was published recently in the Journal of Neuroscience and received international attention.

And rather than rush back to the heatwave gripping Australia, Jeremy has also been busy representing Australia as a member of our men’s biathlon team in Arber, Germany, where it is currently -2 degrees and snowing.