OG Siobhan Tobin announced as the 2019 Victorian Rhodes Scholar

A huge congratulations to Old Grammarian Siobhan Tobin (’12), who was recently announced as the 2019 Victorian Rhodes Scholar to study a PhD at Oxford University.

Siobhan is currently working as a Physicist at the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation. After completing Year 12 at Ballarat Grammar, Siobhan studied for a Bachelor of Philosophy (Hons) majoring in Physics with First Class Honours at the Australian National University.

Inspired by a desire to understand and ensure science was accessible, Siobhan competed in the Physics Olympiad program while at Grammar, later became a teacher and is now the Deputy Director of the Australian Physics Olympiad Program, inspiring and training talented high school students to become passionate and engaged in STEM.

Siobhan has won numerous academic awards and scholarships, and has presented her work at high-profile international conferences. She is also an accomplished ultra-marathon trail runner, equestrian and rower. While at Oxford, she plans to study a DPhil in Condensed Matter Physics in exotic electric and magnetic behaviours of materials, which may lead to new developments in sensor, storage and quantum information technologies.

The Governor of Victoria, The Honourable Linda Dessau AC announced Siobhan as the 2019 recipient of the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship for Victoria.

Siobhan said she wanted to pass on her thanks to her Ballarat Grammar teachers, in particular John Daniel, Jocelyn Williams, Fabio Cirrito, Brianne Cuthbert, Brian Poxon, Sue Sedgwick, Moya Jess, and Bev Garnham. “They really did do a lot for me at school and I have much to thank them for!” she said.

On behalf of the Ballarat Grammar community, we congratulate Siobhan on this outstanding achievement, and send our best wishes for her study in Oxford and her future career.