Enabling program helped maths ace to success

May 23, 2017

George Malone (centre) with prize donors Emeritus Associate Professor Barry Kissane (left) and Provost Professor Andrew Taggart

George Malone (centre) with prize donors Emeritus Associate Professor Barry Kissane (left) and Provost Professor Andrew Taggart

A student who was offered a place at Murdoch University after successfully passing an assisted access program has finished top of his class.

George Malone, from Busselton, landed a chance to study at Murdoch after completing the free, 14 week OnTrack enabling program in 2015.

He finished first year studying a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Statistics, achieving outstanding marks to win the inaugural Marian Kemp Memorial Prize in Mathematics.

George was presented with his award at a recent Student Prize night for high achievers at Murdoch.

Now into his second year at Murdoch, George said: “The OnTrack program was invaluable to me, not only as an enabler to study at a higher level, but also to become acclimatised to city life and the rigours of studying at university,” said George.

“It helped to put me on the path to success and I am delighted to receive this award for my grades.

“It is an excellent indicator of my personal progress throughout schooling and university, and highlights the respect and appreciation for students dedicated to the study of mathematics.”

George is also a Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) leader, helping his fellow students to succeed in challenging subjects, and a volunteer tutor in the Mathematics Clinic.

In addition, George will be beginning an online tutoring role next semester to assist rural students in mathematics from a similar background to himself.

He achieved five high distinctions and one distinction in the six units he took in 2016.

His first year prize is named after the late Marian Kemp, a great educator and student champion at Murdoch University for 29 years.

She was widely revered as a remarkable and much-loved mathematics teacher, helping countless struggling students.

“After reading Dr Kemp’s biography, I noticed some similarities in my intended academic studies and career, such as tutoring mathematics, leadership roles and a commitment to Murdoch University,” he said.

“In the future. I am intending to complete postgraduate studies, namely honours and PhD, and hoping to continue tutoring at Murdoch.”

The new Marian Kemp Memorial Prize in Mathematics, worth $250, will be awarded annually for the best academic achievement in the subject by a student who has completed an enabling program.

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