Awards and prizes in the School

The School of Humanities and Social Sciences awards a number of prizes annually to students for outstanding academic performance and contribution to the University and community.

Lynne Alice Prize

The prize of $500 is awarded annually to a student enrolled in the Master of Arts (International Relations) course who has achieved standards of excellence in his or her academic record in the Human Rights and International Law specialisation.

Dr Malcolm Crick Memorial Prize

A prize of $200 is awarded to the highest achieving second-year Anthropology student per year who has completed their level two studies and is continuing on to level three. The award is based on the highest aggregate of marks achieved in level two core units.

Robert McDonald Prize

A prize of $100 is awarded for an outstanding graduating student of Journalism or International Relations.

Roslyn Lawry Award

This award commemorates a young Museum Studies graduate, Ros Lawry, who died in tragic circumstances. Her parents, Jim and Fay Lawry, established an endowment for an annual prize. The Roslyn Lawry Award is awarded annually to a student enrolled in the Master of Cultural Heritage who has achieved standards of excellence in his or her academic record and demonstrated a personal commitment to heritage/museum training. The recipient receives generous cheque to fund further professional development and a framed certificate.

Philip Brown Award

A prize of $3000 is awarded annually to an enrolled higher degree by research student within the Faculty of Arts and Education, for research into Australian History entailing the use of primary sources. Where possible, preference will be given to research relating to the state of Victoria. The award is named in memory of Dr Philip Brown, an eminent historian whose work is characterised by meticulous research and the extensive use of primary sources.

The Arabic Student Prize for academic achievement and promotion of Arabic language and culture

Award
Book voucher and certificate
Selection Criteria
The prize for Arabic will be awarded to a second or third year student who has shown commitment to his or her study of the language, as well as genuine interest in the culture of the Arabic-speaking world demonstrated through participation in the activities of the language program at Deakin. The award specifically recognizes academic achievement and also enthusiasm, motivation, and commitment to the language.

The Australian Studies Student Prizes (2)

Award
Book voucher and certificate
Selection Criteria
Awarded to the highest performing level one Australian Studies student on the Metropolitan (Burwood) campus and the regional campuses (Geelong and Warrnambool).
Results from the two Level one units will be assessed, and the highest performing student from Burwood and Geelong/Warrnambool will be recommended for the prize. Judgement will be made by the Discipline Convenor in consultation with Australian Studies academic staff.

The Chinese Student Prize for academic achievement and promotion of the Chinese language

Award
Book voucher and certificate
Selection Criteria
The prize for Chinese will be awarded to a first year student who has shown commitment to her or his study of the language as well as genuine interest in Chinese culture demonstrated through participation in the activities of the languages program at Deakin. The award specifically recognizes academic achievement and also enthusiasm, motivation, and commitment to the language.

The Criminology Level One Student Prize

Award
Book voucher and certificate
Selection Criteria
Awarded to the first year student with the highest combined mark in the two Criminology Level 1 units in any one calendar year, with no mark below 80%.
At the end of Trimester 2, Criminology academic staff will combine results from the units ACR101 and ACR102 for all students receiving a High Distinction in each unit.

The Criminology Level Three Student Prize

Award
Book voucher and certificate
Selection Criteria
Awarded to the third year Criminology student with the highest combined marks in Criminology Level 3 units in any one calendar year, with no mark below 80%. At the end of Trimester 2, Criminology academic staff will combine results from the units ACR301 and ACR302 (and, where relevant, ACR303) for all students receiving High Distinctions in each unit.

The Roy Hay History Prize

Award
Book voucher and certificate
Selection Criteria
Awarded to the best first year student. The prize is limited to history students in their first year of study at Deakin University. It is based on the combined results in the two first year units of the history major.

The Michele Langfield History Prize

Award
Book voucher and certificate
Selection Criteria
Awarded for the best research essay by a student in a third level history unit. The prize is limited to students completing a history major, and will be judged by a panel of History academic staff.

The Indonesian Student Prize for academic achievement and promotion of the language and culture of Indonesia

Award
Book voucher and certificate
Selection Criteria
The Indonesian prize will be awarded to a second or third year student who has shown commitment to his or her study of Indonesian as well as genuine interest in the language, as demonstrated through participation in the cultural and community activities of the Indonesian program at Deakin. The award specifically recognizes academic achievement but also enthusiasm and willingness to promote the language and culture of Indonesian.

The First Year International Relations Student Prize

Award
Book voucher and certificate
Selection Criteria
Awarded to the highest performing first year International Relations student.
Results from the two Level one units will be assessed, and the highest performing student will be recommended for the prize. The judgement will be made by the Discipline Convenor in consultation with International Relations academic staff.

The First Year Prize in Middle East Studies

Award
Book voucher and certificate
Selection Criteria
Awarded to the student with the highest combined mark in the two introductory Middle East Studies units (AIE153 and AIE154) within a calendar year.

The Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Middle East Studies

Award
Book voucher and certificate
Selection Criteria
Awarded to a student completing a major in Middle East Studies who has demonstrated a high standard of excellence throughout their studies and, by their participation and enthusiasm, has contributed significantly to the learning experience of their peers.

The Max Charlesworth Philosophy Prize

Award
Book voucher and certificate
Selection Criteria
Awarded for the best undergraduate essay in each academic year. All students from first year through to third year are to be eligible in each calendar year.
The prize winning essay will be selected by a panel of the Philosophy academic staff, based on the best essays each has received in Trimesters one and two (and Trimester three from the previous year, which carries over into February of the prize year).
The prize is named after the founding Deakin Philosophy Professor Max Charlesworth.

The Politics Student Prizes (2)

Award
Book voucher and certificate
Selection Criteria
Awarded for the best undergraduate essay and best postgraduate essay.
The discipline convenor will ask two colleagues each year to join a panel to read the best undergraduate essays.
The course coordinator for the postgraduate program will ask two other colleagues each year to join a panel to read the best postgraduate essays.
When these panels have decided on a shortlist, the essays will be sent to a prominent person for their opinion on which is best.

The Sociology Student Prize

Award
Book voucher and certificate
Selection Criteria
Awarded to the most competent and enterprising student in the third level Core theory Unit, Sociology and the Modern world (ASC 308) and will be based on the highest mark received against all assessment criteria.

Travel grants (subject to availability)

Arabic In-Country Travel Grants

Up to five grants are awarded competitively to assist students to undertake the In-country Arabic Language Program. The grants are open only to students studying in the Bachelor of Arts (Arabic major sequence) or the Diploma of Language.
The School is very grateful to Pearson Research and Assessment who offered travel grants to the value of $3000 (3 x $1000 grants) each in 2010 and 2012.

Annual National Security Careers Night Bursary for Students of International Relations

Each year the Kokoda Foundation conducts a National Security Careers Night exclusively for university graduates and young professionals who work in the national security community or aspire to do so. The Careers Night provides future leaders with valuable insights into the national security community, featuring presentations on the roles, activities and professional development opportunities in major government organisations.
The Head of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences offers a bursary each year to a deserving international relations student to attend the event.
In 2014, the worthy recipient was Angus Clark. He has provided the following testimonial about his experience:

"I attended the National Security Careers Evening in 2014 thanks to a generous grant from the Humanities and Social Sciences School at Deakin University. This annual event is run by the Kokoda Foundation and it offers an excellent insight into the employment opportunities and requirements of working for any of the numerous government agencies concerned with National Security. High-ranking employees of more than a dozen government agencies were there, sharing their own career experiences, explaining the role their organisation plays and outlining their expectations of potential applicants, particularly prospective entrants into their many graduate programs. There was also an opportunity to ask questions of the speakers and mingle with like-minded people who could share their own experiences and aspirations. Having long been curious about the prospect of employment with a government agency, I found the evening to be an incredibly worthwhile and informative experience. I now feel far better equipped to make decisions about my post-study prospects and would heartily recommend attending the evening to anyone else who has the opportunity".

Further information about Faculty awards, prizes and travel grants.

Undergraduate travel grants, awards and prizes in the Faculty

Postgraduate awards and prizes in the Faculty


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