List of Honors & Awards

2020 Top 40 Under 40 Most Influential Asian Australian Leadership Award, Asia Link

Awarded permanent residency under Global Talent Independent (GTI) Visa Program by the Australian Government. GTI program is a highly competitive program that provides a streamlined visa and immigration (citizenship) pathway to bring globally mobile, highly-skilled, and specialized individuals with an international record of exceptional and outstanding achievement in priority sectors to work and live permanently in Australia.

Venue: Strathfield RSL Club, Sydney, Australia

Awarding body: Rotary Districts 9675 & 9685

(In the photo) District Governor Di North felicitating Dr. Sonu Bhaskar with Rotary Vocational Excellence Award 2020 bestowed jointly by Rotary Districts 9675 & 9685 at Strathfield RSL Club, Strathfield, Sydney, Australia.

Vocational excellence award to Dr. Sonu Bhaskar.

Rotary Vocational Excellence Award 2020 was bestowed jointly by Rotary Districts 9675 & 9685 to Dr. Sonu Bhaskar, MD Ph.D. recognizing vocational excellence of the highest order for outstanding contribution to the vocation of neurology, medicine, healthcare leadership, research, and the wider community and for promoting the highest standards within the profession.

The entire award citation is available online from the Rotary District 9675 website here.

Rotary District 9675/85 Vocational Excellence Awards 2020 Citation

Rotary District 9675/85 Vocational Excellence Award 2020 Citation (Dr Sonu Bhaskar)

Paul Harris Fellow recognition to Dr. Sonu M. M. Bhaskar by Rotary International/Rotary Club of Sydney, 2021 for the contributions to the Rotary, membership development, governance board, development of governance & leadership strategy in the centenary year, and community service/projects.

Excerpt from Paul Harris Fellow Citation (Dated 15th Day of June 2021);

The Rotary Club of Sydney recognizes Dr. Sonu Menachem Maimonides Bhaskar, MD Ph.D. as a Paul Harris Fellow in acknowledgment of his exceptional contributions to the Rotary Club of Sydney, Rotary International, the broader community in Australia and humanitarian service worldwide exemplifying the Rotary motto of “Service above Self”. His numerous prestigious achievements and recognitions in the local and international sphere on both the vocational and community fronts stem from his passion for humanity, health, and social justice all the while delivered with the best bedside manner from hospital to the boardroom. His compassion, sympathy, and even empathy flow genuinely from a brilliant mind that reflects an honest psyche shaped by inclusive and egalitarian ideals in spite of experiencing adversity and discrimination. To say that Dr. Bhaskar is extraordinarily outstanding is a truth because he embodies all that is expected of a Rotarian and more. His generosity of time, spirit, effort, and mentorship endears him to his friends amongst the veteran Rotarians. His many initiatives within and without Rotary are a testament to whom he is and why his peers in Rotary have chosen him for this special recognition.”

Excerpt from Paul Harris Fellow Citation (Dated 15th Day of June 2021);

Dr. Sonu Bhaskar was recognized for youth leadership and service by Ms. Cathy Tait, Past President of the Rotary Club of Sydney. Dr. Bhaskar is the Chair of the Youth Committee and Board Director at Rotary Club of Sydney since 2020. During his tenure, Dr. Bhaskar initiated the flagship Rotary Youth Talks program to attract, mentor, and support young and emerging youth leaders.

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Scholar in Residence AAHCI Fellowship award to Dr. Sonu M. M. Bhaskar towards 4-6 month stay at Washington-based Association of Academic Health Centres International (AAHCI), a global non-profit organization dedicated to assisting academic health centers in developing as well as developed nations.   

Prestigious award by European Academy of Neurology (EAN) to an outstanding research presentation of significance and impact in neurology presented at the EAN Oslo Meeting, June 29 – July 2, 2019.

Scholarship and Travel Award by International Brain Research Organization (IBRO) towards participation in the IBRO Associate School of Pakistan organized jointly by Dr. Panjwani Centre for Molecular Medicines and Drug Research, International Centre for Chemical and Biological Sciences, and the Aga Khan University, Karachi, Pakistan (March).
EU-China-India neuroscientific scholarship & travel award to attend First triangular Europe-India-China Summer School on Computational Neuroscience, ISI Foundation, University of Torino, Italy.

Nominated for the Young Scientist Colloquium Award Paper, International Update on Basic Clinical Neuroscience Advances and XXIV Annual Conference of Indian Academy of Neurosciences (IAN), Lucknow, December 2007.

Second Prize, Best Poster Presentation for ”Brain Mapping in Neuroprosthetics: A Novel Medical Approach” at an international conference Bio Bangalore 2007 held at Bangalore, India (7-9 June, 2007).

INDO-US scholarship at Indian Institute of Science (IISC) Bangalore, Full scholarship, and Travel Award, to attend Workshop on Mathematical Aspects of Neuroscience, funded by the Indo-US Science and Technology Forum, Department of Science and Technology (DST), and Défense Research and Development Organization (DRDO), Government of India in July 2007.

First Prize, Best Poster Presentation under Leader Prospects for Young scientists for research paper and presentation titled ”Pain perception and brain activation in Parkinson disease patients” at an international conference BIO BANGALORE 2006 held at Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore (7-9 July).

Invited (Oral) at NASA Idaho Space Young Scientist Consortium, NASA Idaho Space Research Symposium, Idaho, USA, 2006.

First Prize, Best Paper Presentation, and special recognition from the Vice-Chancellor, Anna University, Madras on the topic: Unfolding Polyhedron: An Extension to 3-D Geometry at the Maths Colloquium, XXI Inter-Collegiate Mathematics Students Meet, Mathrix held on February 24, 2004.

Student Research Associate Award, Scholarship under the Common Programme for Youth and Leadership Scheme (CPYLS) Scheme, Funded by Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), India (1999-2001).

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