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Vice-Chancellor's Prizes and Awards

2013 Student Awards - Postgraduate

Alfred Deakin Medal for Doctoral Thesis

The Alfred Deakin Medals for Doctoral Thesis will be awarded each year to up to four Deakin University doctoral research candidates who produce the most outstanding theses.

A framed Alfred Deakin Medal for Doctoral Thesis will be awarded to the successful candidates at one of the annual graduation ceremonies, and an appropriate endorsement made on their academic record. In addition to a medal, each successful nominee will receive a cash prize of $1,000.

Eligible candidates for the Alfred Deakin Medal for Doctoral Thesis must have completed a doctoral degree by research at Deakin University in the period 1 January to 30 November 2013 after only one examination (i.e. must not have undergone a re-examination).

Faculties and Institutes may each nominate up to three doctoral candidates who have completed in the applicable period. Candidates may not self-nominate.

Selection Criteria

Faculties and Institutes are asked to consider the following when assessing the excellence of a thesis and nominating a candidate:

  • the examiners' reports (the thesis does not necessarily need to have passed without amendment (category 1 outcome) - it may have passed with minor amendments (category 2 outcome)
  • international recognition of the research work
  • the impact of the research both in terms of actual and potential adoption
  • refereed publications or other research outputs from the doctoral work, for example patents, exhibitions, performances and other creative works (the emphasis should be on the quality rather than the quantity)
  • any awards or other recognition of the research quality, for example by professional organisations.

The nomination form (80 KB) must be completed by Faculties/Institutes and submitted to the Secretary of the Thesis Examination Subcommittee ( by 5 pm on Friday, 6 December 2013.

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19th November 2013