2017 Undergraduate Prizes and Awards

For high performing students, prizes and awards are offered each year. Check your faculty entry below to see what is available.

Faculty prizes and awards

These are prizes and awards offered by Faculties and industry related sponsors to students who have excelled in their course or unit.  Different criteria apply to each prize or award so check the information below for your faculty.

Faculty of Arts and Education

Faculty wide prizes and awards

Renee Erdos Memorial Prize

A prize of $750 is awarded to the best honours student in the Faculty of Arts and Education, more than half of whose honours program has been undertaken in the Cloud (online) mode. The nomination will be based on the student's work in the honours year only.

Robert McDonald Prize

A prize of $500 is awarded for an outstanding graduating student of journalism or international relations.

School of Education

Australian Literacy Educators' Association (ALEA)

One prize of one year's membership to the ALEA and a certificate, is awarded for graduating with a primary education degree and having achieved the highest aggregate marks in a final, core English Language and Literacy subject.

Australian Society for Music Education (ASME)

A prize of one year's membership to ASME and a selection of ASME publications is awarded for graduating with a secondary education degree and having achieved the highest performance in Music Method Studies.

Ballarat Diocesan Schools Advisory Council Award

Presented to a student graduating from the Warrnambool campus who has achieved excellent results during their studies at Deakin and is now employed full time in a local Warrnambool Catholic school. The award consists of a Certificate and $250.

Design and Technology Teachers' Association Victoria (DATTA)

Four prizes of a year's membership of DATTA and a selection of DATTA publications are awarded to the most outstanding students in technology education in an undergraduate education course, having completed the unit EST400 Primary Technology Education: Creativity and Design (Melbourne Burwood Campus, Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus, Warrnambool Campus and the Institute of Koorie Education) with distinction and within the unit focused on either the integration of all three strands of technology or on either systems or materials strands.

Head of School Award

Presented to a graduating student (from each campus) who has completed their undergraduate degree in 2016 and has demonstrated:

  • Excellence in attendance and participation;
  • Achievement of academic potential;
  • Exceptional and consistent effort in placements; and
  • Engagement with the broader university community and provided a positive role model to other students.

The award consists of a Deakin Certificate and a $100 Master Gift Card.

Gillian Barnsley/Victorian Association for the Teaching of English (VATE) Award

One prize is awarded for graduating with a secondary education degree and having achieved the highest all-round performance in English education subjects and in English teaching practicum. The award consists of a certificate and a year’s free membership of VATE.

Mathematical Association of Victoria Prizes (MAV)

Three prizes of a year's membership of MAV,  a selection of MAV publications to the value of $120 and a copy of their Centenary Book, are awarded to the most outstanding students in mathematics and mathematics education: two for graduating with a primary education degree and having achieved the highest marks in mathematics education subjects (Melbourne Burwood Campus, and either Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus or Warrnambool Campus); and one for graduating with an education degree qualifying to teach secondary mathematics with the highest aggregate marks in mathematics and mathematics education subjects (any Campus).

Primary English Teaching Association Australia (PETAA)

PETAA offers four awards of 12 months membership of the association to a graduating primary education student who has excelled in literacy and English language studies during the year. The award recognises both the importance of literacy studies and the career and personal benefits of belonging to a professional association. The resources you will access through their membership will be of great support as you begin your teaching career. It is awarded to students from each campus (Melbourne Burwood Campus, Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus and Warrnambool Campus) studying the Bachelor of Education (Primary), together with one student studying the Master of Teaching (Primary Strand).

Victorian Teachers Mutual Bank (VTMB)

Four scholarships to the value of $500 each, awarded to the highest achieving undergraduate students who have achieved a combination of both high academic results together with outstanding results in teaching practice. This is based on results for the first three years of their undergraduate course prior to Year 4.

School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Dr Malcolm Crick Memorial Prize

A prize of $200 is awarded to the highest achieving second-year Anthropology student, who is continuing on to Level Three.  The award is based on the highest aggregate of marks achieved in Level Two core units.

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

The prize for Arabic is 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 recognises academic achievement and also enthusiasm, motivation, and commitment to the language. The recipient of this prize will receive a book voucher and a certificate.

The Australian Studies Student Prizes (2)

This prize is 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 recipient of this prize will receive a book voucher and a certificate.

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

The prize for Chinese is 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 recognises academic achievement and also enthusiasm, motivation, and commitment to the language. The recipient of this prize will receive a book voucher and a certificate.

The Criminology Level One Student Prize

This prize is awarded to the first year student with the highest combined mark in the two Criminology Level One units in any one calendar year, with no mark below 80%.

At the end of Trimester 2, Criminology academic staff combine results from the units ACR101 and ACR102 for all students receiving a High Distinction in each unit. The recipient of this prize will receive a book voucher and a certificate.

The Criminology Level Three Student Prize

Awarded to the third year Criminology student with the highest combined marks in Criminology Level Three 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 recipient of this prize will receive a book voucher and a certificate.

The Roy Hay History Prize

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 recipient of this prize will receive a book voucher and a certificate.

The Michele Langfield History Prize

Awarded for the best result by a third level student undertaking the capstone unit AIH399 Making History. The prize is limited to students completing a History major, and will be judged by a panel of History academic staff. The recipient of this prize will receive a book voucher and a certificate.

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

The Indonesian prize is 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 recognises academic achievement but also enthusiasm and willingness to promote the language and culture of Indonesian. The recipient of this prize will receive a book voucher and a certificate.

The First Year International Relations Student Prize

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 recipient of this prize will receive a book voucher and a certificate.

The First Year Prize in Middle East Studies

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 recipient of this prize will receive a book voucher and a certificate.

The Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Middle East Studies

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 recipient of this prize will receive a book voucher and a certificate.

The Max Charlesworth Philosophy Prize

Named after founding Deakin Philosophy professor, Professor Max Charlesworth, this prize will be awarded to the best third year student completing a Philosophy major. Performance will be based on the combined results of all Philosophy units. The recipient of this prize will receive a book voucher and a certificate.

The Politics Student Prize

Awarded for the best undergraduate essay, as judged by a panel of Politics and Policy Studies academic staff. All students from first year to third year are eligible for the prize. The winning essay will be selected from a shortlist of the best essays selected from all Politics and Policy Studies units in that calendar year. The recipient of this prize will receive a book voucher and a certificate.

The Sociology Student Prize

Awarded to the student, majoring in Sociology, who achieves the highest weighted-average-mean across ASC308 and at least one other third-year Sociology unit. The recipient of this prize will receive a book voucher and a certificate.

The Spanish Level One Student Prize

The Spanish Level One student prize will be awarded to a student who has demonstrated commitment to, and who has excelled in, his or her studies of Spanish, on completion of their first year. The recipient will have demonstrated a genuine interest in the language through participation in the cultural and community activities of the Spanish program at Deakin. The award recognises academic achievement but also enthusiasm, motivation, and commitment to the language and cultures of the Spanish-speaking world.

At the end of Trimester 2, Spanish academic staff will determine the prize recipient. Judgement will be made by the Spanish Program Coordinator in consultation with Spanish academic staff. The recipient of this prize will receive a book voucher and a certificate.

The Spanish Level Two/Three Student Prize

The Spanish Level Two/Three student prize will be awarded to a student who has excelled in his or her studies of Spanish, on completion of either second or third year (one award only). The recipient will have demonstrated sustained improvement in Spanish language-acquisition, and a genuine interest in the cultures and societies of Spain and Latin America. The award recognises academic achievement but also enthusiasm, motivation, and commitment to the language and cultures of the Spanish-speaking world.

At the end of Trimester 2, Spanish academic staff will determine the prize recipient. Judgement will be made by the Spanish Program Coordinator in consultation with Spanish academic staff. The recipient of this prize will receive a book voucher and a certificate.

The Stan Van Hooft Philosophy Prize

Awarded to the best first year Philosophy essay. 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 1 and 2 (and Trimester 3 from the previous year, which carries over into February of the prize year). The recipient of this prize will receive a book voucher and a certificate.

School of Communication and Creative Arts

Judith Rodriguez Prize

This is an annual prize awarded to an outstanding piece of work in fiction/poetry/creative non-fiction submitted in a third-year coded unit.

Work is nominated for the long list by relevant third-year staff, and then judged by two members of the Professional and Creative Writing discipline area.

The winner receives:

  • $450 of mentoring from a professional writer (organised through Writers Victoria);
  • Free membership of Writers Victoria; and
  • Publication in the journal Verandah.
The Standard Journalism Prize

An academic excellence prize of $1500 is awarded annually to a student majoring in journalism who resides within Warrnambool or the surrounding districts and meets the following criteria:

  • An Australian citizen or a holder of a permanent humanitarian visa;
  • Enrolled full time in the first year of a degree program at the Warrnambool Campus and majoring in journalism
  • Completed ALJ111 Contemporary Journalism A at the Warrnambool Campus;
  • Demonstrated a commitment to continuing studies at the Warrnambool Campus.

Faculty of Business and Law

The Faculty of Business and Law are reviewing their prizes and awards for 2017.

A number of discipline specific awards will be available to students studying in the Faculty of Business and Law once this review has been completed. Information on the new suite of prizes and awards should be available by September 2017.

Faculty of Health

Faculty wide prizes and awards

Australian Unity (Faculty-wide) Award

A prize of $500 for the student in the Faculty who submits the best fourth year research project relevant to the topic of 'human wellbeing'.

Faculty-wide awards will be decided by the Associate Dean (Teaching and Learning), in conjunction with the awarding body, following recommendations from individual schools.

School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences

Head of School Academic Distinction Awards
  • Awarded to the most outstanding student in first year in 2016.
  • Awarded to the most outstanding student in second year in 2016.
  • Awarded to the most outstanding student in third year in 2016.
  • Awarded to the most outstanding student in fourth year in 2016.
Head of School Academic Achievement Award

Awarded to the most outstanding graduating Honours student enrolled in H418 Bachelor of Food and Nutrition Sciences (Honours) in 2016.

School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences Academic Distinction Awards

Awarded to the most outstanding second year student enrolled in H315 Bachelor of Food and Nutrition Sciences or D301 Bachelor of Food and Nutrition Sciences/ Bachelor of Commerce course in 2016.

Awarded to the most outstanding graduating student enrolled in either H315 Bachelor of Food and Nutrition Sciences or D301 Bachelor of Food and Nutrition Sciences/Bachelor of Commerce course, who has exhibited a high level of student engagement, shown academic excellence and has made a contribution to the food and nutrition professions in 2016.

Australian Football League David Parkin Award for Coach Development

Awarded to two most outstanding students who have completed level 1 units within the Sport Coaching major in 2016.

CHR HANSEN Functional Foods and Biotechnology Academic Distinction Award

Awarded to two most outstanding students who have completed both HSN315 Food Manufacturing and Process Innovation and HSN320 Trends in Product Development units in 2016. The winners of this award will have the highest combined individual mark in these units and have successfully worked within a team to develop an innovative food product designed to meet the market needs for functional healthy foods in 2016.

Cricket Victoria Hookes Scholes Coaching Award

Awarded to the most outstanding graduating student with the highest academic achievement in the Sport Coaching major in 2016.

Nu-Mega Award

Awarded to two most outstanding graduating students enrolled in H315 Bachelor of Food and Nutrition Sciences who achieved the highest academic achievement in the Food Science major in 2016.

NUTRAREGS Academic Distinction Award

Awarded to the most outstanding student who received the highest academic achievement in The Science of Food, who is enrolled in an award course.

Physical Activity Australia Academic Distinction Award

Awarded to the most outstanding student who has the highest academic achievements in Principles of Exercise Prescription and Exercise Programming units.

Simplot Academic Distinction Awards

Most outstanding first year student enrolled in either H315 Bachelor of Food and Nutrition Sciences or D301 Bachelor of Food and Nutrition Sciences/ Bachelor of Commerce course in 2016.

Most outstanding graduating student enrolled in either H315 Bachelor of Food and Nutrition Sciences or D301 Bachelor of Food and Nutrition Sciences/ Bachelor of Commerce course in 2016.

Sports Medicine Australia Academic Distinction Award

Most outstanding first year student enrolled in either H343 Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science course or D394 Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science/Bachelor of Business (Sport Management) course in 2016.

The Physiological Society (UK) Undergraduate Prize for Physiology

Each year, The Physiological Society (UK) awards undergraduate prizes that recognise the excellence of final year undergraduate students (including Honours) studying a degree in physiology or related subject. Nominations can be made by Society Representatives either for excellence specifically in a final year project, or for overall excellence in a degree.

School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences Practicum Awards

Most outstanding graduating student who has completed HSN311 Food and Nutrition Practicum unit in 2016.

Student with the highest academic achievement in HSE312 Exercise and Sports Science Practicum who is enrolled in either H343 Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science course or D394 Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science/Bachelor of Business (Sport Management) in 2016.

Student with the highest academic achievement in HSE321Sport Coaching and Development Practicum in 2016.

School of Health and Social Development

Head of School Prize
  • A prize of $250 for an outstanding student in first year.
  • A prize of $250 for an outstanding student in second year.
  • A prize of $250 for an outstanding student in third year.
  • A prize of $250 for an outstanding student in fourth year (does not include honours stream).
A J Pollock Awards
  • A prize of $250 for an outstanding student in the first year of Family, Society and Health.
  • A prize of $250 for an outstanding student in the second year of Family, Society and Health.
  • A bursary of $500 for an outstanding incoming honours student undertaking a project relating to Family, Society and Health.
Australian Health Promotion Association (Victoria Branch) Award

A prize awarded for the most outstanding student enrolled in the Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotion. A prize of:

  • One year membership to the Australian Health Promotion Association (either student or full membership, depending on the circumstances)
  • Book voucher from Deakin University Bookshop
  • Certificate.
George Dyer Prize

A prize of $500 for the most outstanding student having completed the People Society and Disability major in the Bachelor of Health Science or Bachelor of Health Science/Bachelor of Arts degree.

Home Economics Institute of Australia, Victoria Award

A prize of a student membership to the Home Economics Institute of Australia association, awarded for the most outstanding student in the second year enrolled in the Bachelor of Health Sciences, majoring in Family, Society and Health.

JC Paul Duerdoth Memorial Award

A prize of $300 to acknowledge the efforts and diligence of an undergraduate student in Disability Studies.

MacKillop Family Services Award for Excellence in Social Work Theory and Practice

A prize of $300 awarded to the most outstanding Bachelor of Social Work student who has completed the first and second year social work theory and practice requirements.

MacKillop Family Services Award for Excellence in Social Policy

A prize of $200 awarded to the most outstanding Bachelor of Social Work student in the unit HSW316 Critical Social Policy.

Parks Victoria Award

A prize of $500 together with one night accommodation awarded to a student graduating in the Bachelor of Health Sciences with a major in either Family, Society and Health or Health Promotion, who has achieved outstanding results in the third year unit HSH306 People, Health and Place.

Research and Graduate Studies Prize

A prize of $500 for the best honours project.

Occupational Therapy Australia Victoria New Graduand Award for Clinical Fieldwork Excellence

A prize of a $200 voucher for continuing professional development activity and a certificate to be awarded to a final year undergraduate student in the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy who has demonstrated excellence in a fourth year clinical education placement.   

Yungaburra Foundation Awards

A prize of $500 for a student making a significant contribution to an agency serving people who have disabilities, or to a person or group of persons who have disabilities, while on practicum placement as part of Disability Studies.

School of Medicine

Coltman Equipment Award

Awarded to a commencing Commonwealth supported student who is enrolled in the Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery course, who is able to demonstrate financial hardship, to assist with the purchase of equipment required for the study of medicine (including laptop computers) - one award of $1000.

Dr Gilbert M. Davis Award

Awarded to a commencing Commonwealth supported student who is enrolled in the Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery course, who is able to demonstrate financial hardship, to assist with their relocation or accommodation expenses - one award of $1000.

George Golding Memorial Trust Scholarship

Awarded in memory of Dr. George Golding, founder and CEO of the General Practitioner's Association of Geelong, in recognition of academic excellence, to assist a commencing Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery student offset the cost of his/her medical education – one award up to $5000.

Williamson Family Award in Medicine

Awarded annually to a student who has successfully completed the first year of the Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery and attained the highest aggregate mark – up to $1,250. Awarded annually to a student who has successfully completed the second year of the Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery and attained the highest aggregate mark up to $1,500.

There are a number of additional prizes available at each Clinical School. Please contact the relevant Clinical School Director for more information.

School of Nursing and Midwifery

Barwon Health Acute Care Clinical Award (Margaret Parkes) (Geelong Waterfront Campus)

Awarded to a first year student in recognition of excellence in and commitment to patient care in the acute setting ($100 and certificate).

Barwon Health Award of Excellence (Marjory Taylor) (Geelong Waterfront Campus)

Awarded to a third year student in recognition of professional, academic and clinical excellence in nursing throughout the Bachelor of Nursing program ($100 and certificate). 

Barwon Health Community Care Clinical Award (Joy Buckland) (Geelong Waterfront Campus)

Awarded to a second year student in recognition of commitment to patient care in the community setting ($100 and certificate).   

Barwon Health Mental Health Award (Geelong Waterfront Campus)

Awarded to a second year student in recognition of academic and clinical excellence in mental health as demonstrated in an academic paper focused on mental health and clinical excellence in a mental health placement ($100 and certificate).

Barwon Health Midwifery Award (Mary Lewis) (Geelong Waterfront Campus)

Awarded to a final year Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Midwifery graduate in recognition of outstanding academic achievement and demonstration of excellence in and commitment to the clinical program ($100 and certificate).   

Barwon Health Rehabilitation and Aged Care Award (Mary Barry) (Geelong Waterfront Campus)

Awarded to a third year student in recognition of excellence in and commitment to patient care in the rehabilitation and aged care setting ($100 and certificate).   

Box Hill Hospital McNair Medal (Melbourne Burwood Campus)

Awarded by Box Hill Hospital to a graduating student for consistent outstanding achievement in the Bachelor of Nursing or combined degree (medal and certificate).

CleftPALS Freemasons Study Bursary (Melbourne Burwood, Geelong Waterfront or Warrnambool Campus)

Awarded to a student who demonstrated a high level of knowledge, skill and understanding in addressing the health care needs of children and their parents in the unit International Nursing Study Tour: HNN216 ($500 and certificate).

Colac Area Health Community Health Nursing Award (Geelong Waterfront or Warrnambool Campus)

Awarded to the most outstanding student in the unit Community Nursing Practice: HNN217 ($500 and certificate).

Epworth HealthCare Award (Melbourne Burwood Campus)

Awarded to the Epworth HealthCare fellowship student who achieved consistent outstanding feedback for the quality of their patient care in the clinical components of the course ($300 and certificate).

Epworth Healthcare Nursing Award (Geelong Waterfront Campus)

Awarded to a first year Bachelor of Nursing student for recognition of outstanding academic achievement and demonstration of excellence in the clinical program ($250 and certificate).

Epworth Healthcare Midwifery Award (Geelong Waterfront Campus)

Awarded to a first year Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Midwifery student for recognition of outstanding academic achievement and demonstration of excellence in the clinical program ($250 and certificate).

Homestyle Aged Care Award (Melbourne Burwood Campus)

Awarded to a third year student who demonstrates outstanding academic and clinical performance in the unit The Older Person and Supportive Care: HNN318 ($1000 and certificate).

Homestyle Aged Care Award (Geelong Waterfront Campus)

Awarded to a third year student who demonstrates outstanding leadership in the planning and delivery of person centred care in the unit The Older Person and Supportive Care: HNN318 ($1000 and certificate).

IDP Education Prize (Melbourne Burwood, Geelong Waterfront or Warrnambool Campus)

Awarded to the best final year Bachelor of Nursing international student for the highest academic and clinical performance ($250 and certificate).  

Jessie Spark O.A.M. Award (Geelong Waterfront Campus)

Awarded to a first year Bachelor of Nursing student for demonstration of excellence in and commitment to the course ($150 and certificate).

Lyndoch Living Inc. Nursing Award (Warrnambool Campus)

Awarded to the student who demonstrates the most outstanding overall achievements in the unit The Older Person and Supportive Care: HNN318. The award is based on clinical placement performance, class presentation and understanding of contemporary aged care issues ($250 and certificate).

Monash Health Midwifery Award (Melbourne Burwood Campus)

Awarded to a currently enrolled fourth year Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Midwifery student who has demonstrated outstanding midwifery academic and clinical performance in all previous years of the course ($500 and certificate).

South East South Australia Director of Nursing Group Encouragement Award (Warrnambool Campus)

Awarded to the second year student who has achieved academic and clinical excellence in the area of acute care (stethoscope and certificate).  

South West Health Care (Warrnambool) Midwifery Award (Warrnambool Campus)

Awarded to the highest achieving third year Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Midwifery student for academic and clinical excellence throughout the course ($200 and certificate).

South West Health Care (Warrnambool) Nursing Award (Warrnambool Campus)

Awarded to a second year student for outstanding clinical excellence in year two of the program ($200 and certificate).

St John of God Health Care Nursing Award (Melbourne Burwood Campus)

Awarded to a second year student who has shown overall outstanding academic and clinical achievement, clinical experience, and commitment to the nursing profession ($250 and certificate).

St John of God Health Care Nursing Award (Warrnambool Campus)

Awarded to a second year student who has shown overall outstanding academic achievement, clinical excellence and commitment to the nursing profession ($250 and certificate).

St John of God Health Care Nursing Award (Geelong Waterfront Campus)

Awarded to a second year student for excellence in academic performance ($250 and certificate).

St John of God Hospital Warrnambool - Nursing Award (Warrnambool Campus)

Awarded to a graduating student who has consistently reflected attributes of clinical excellence: supporting the care team; commitment to patients and their families; personalised care; professionalism ($250 and certificate).

St John of God Midwifery Award (Geelong Waterfront Campus)

Awarded to a current fourth year Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Midwifery student who has demonstrated outstanding midwifery clinical and academic performance in all previous years of the course ($500 and certificate).

The Gay Lee Award for Midwifery (Geelong Waterfront Campus)

Awarded to a current third year student enrolled in the Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Midwifery who has demonstrated sustained commitment to the study of midwifery ($1500 and certificate).

The Laerdal Award (Melbourne Burwood Campus)

Awarded to a first year Bachelor of Nursing student who demonstrated commitment to achieve excellence in theoretical studies, simulation activities and clinical placements in the first year of the course ($500 and certificate).

Western District Health Service Nursing Award (Warrnambool Campus)

Awarded to a graduating Bachelor of Nursing student for the most outstanding clinical performance in year three of the course ($250 and certificate).

School of Psychology

Head of School Prize
  • A prize of $250 and a certificate awarded to the most outstanding first year undergraduate student enrolled in either the course H344 or the course H345 for the highest average mark over the first year of the course.
  • A prize of $250 and a certificate awarded to the most outstanding second year undergraduate student enrolled in either the course H344 or the course H345 for the highest average mark over the second year of the course.
  • A prize of $250 and a certificate awarded to the most outstanding third year undergraduate student enrolled in either the course H344 or the course H345 for the highest average mark over the third year of the course.
  • A prize of $250 and a certificate awarded to the top student completing an undergraduate degree in either the course H344 or the course H345 for the highest average mark over the entire course.
  • A prize of $250 and a certificate awarded to the best Honours Thesis in the H345, H451 or H452 course.
The Australian Psychological Society Prize

A prize of one year's subscription to the APS, a certificate and an invitation to present a poster at the APS Annual Conference for the most outstanding fourth year student.

Australian Unity

A prize of $200 will be awarded to the best final year graduate from the H344 course for the highest average grade over the entire course.

Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment

Faculty wide prizes and awards

David Stokes Award

Awarded annually to the undergraduate student, who at the completion of their studies, achieves the highest weighted average mark of all completing students in the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment. The David Stokes Award is a cash payment of $1,000 and an engraved glass plaque.

The Bennett Summer Placement

For a student enrolled in the Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) or associated combined course who has completed the 2nd or 3rd year of their degree and who is an Australian citizen. The recipient will be awarded a three month Summer Placement undertaking projects in the field of study of fibres or textiles within the Institute for Frontier Materials at the Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus valued at $3,000. A call for applications to this award is made in October with the successful applicant commencing their placement in December.

School of Architecture and Built Environment

Australian Institute of Building (AIB) Victorian  Chapter

Awarded annually to the best student completing the Bachelor of Construction Management (Honours) degree.

Architects Registration Board of Victoria (ARBV) Professional Practice

Awarded annually to an outstanding student in the area of Professional Practice, Architecture program.

Arthur Collins Award

Named in honour of Arthur Collins (past staff member of the School of Architecture and Built Environment) an award of $500 is made annually for the best student project submitted by a fourth year Architecture student.

Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (AIQS) Donald Cant Prize

Named in honour of Donald Cant an award of $500 is made annually by the Victorian Chapter of AIQS to the highest achieving student completing the quantity surveying subjects in the Bachelor of Construction Management (Honours) degree. The AIQS make this award for each University accredited by the AIQS in Victoria.

Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) Excellent Building Undergraduate Award

Awarded to an excellent undergraduate student enrolled in the Construction Management (Honours) degree for the best final year undergraduate dissertation.

The Spiire Urban & Landscape Planning Award

An award of $500 is made annually to the student who achieves the highest aggregate marks in the unit SRA760 Urban Ecologies.

Ian Fulton Rotary Awards

Named in honour of Ian Fulton (past staff member of the School of Architecture and Built Environment) by the Geelong Rotary Club, two awards of $750 are made annually to the top two Bachelor of Construction Management (Honours) students with the highest weighted average marks (WAM) based on level 3 units completed.

Peddle Thorp Award

An award of $2,000* is made annually as encouragement and in recognition of excellence in the final year design unit in the Architecture course.

*prize amount may change annually

Peddle Thorp Prize

An award of $500* is made annually to a first year student who completed Year 12 in the previous year on the basis of academic merit in Year 12 as indicated by the ATAR score.

*prize amount may change annually

Rendine Constructions Award

An award of $1,000 is made annually to the most outstanding final year student in the Bachelor of Architectural Technology based on overall academic achievement.

Richard Gibson Award

Named in honour of Richard Gibson (past staff member of the School of Architecture and Built Environment) an award of $500 is made annually into a third year Architecture student for the best design project.

Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Prize

An award of a RICS membership and assessment fee to the value of $400 is made annually to the highest performing student completing the Bachelor of Construction Management (Honours) degree.

Studio 101 Architects Award

An award of $500 is made annually to the student who achieves the highest aggregate marks in the unit SRD264 Studio 04: Publicscapes

The Cavalier Prize

A $250 voucher is awarded annually to the best student in first year design.

The Wai Shuen Kang Award

To celebrate the life of Ms Wai Shuen Kang an award of $500 is made annually to the student who provides a major contribution to the spirit, learning and career advancement of students in the School of Architecture and Built Environment.

Third Ecology Prize

An award of $500 is made annually to the best second year student in the area of ecology and sustainable design. The award includes a monetary prize and an opportunity for part-time placement with the firm. The opportunity for work experience is dependent upon the award holder's availability as well as Third Ecology's business and operational requirements.

Victorian Digital Solutions Prize

An award to the value of $400 is made annually to a student in each year level of the Architecture course and is awarded as either cash or digital printing output.  Students will be judged on a non-discipline based selection of work that is graphically rich in the use of the digital medium and is visually engaging and informative.

School of Engineering

Barwon Water Achievement Award

The Barwon Water Achievement Award will be awarded to a year 12 student entering the Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Honours.) The award is valued at $5000 upon completion of the first year and the annual vacation program, provided that the student is enrolled in the Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Honours) course and maintains a high level of academic achievement. To be eligible for this award the applicant must have completed secondary school within the Barwon Water catchment area. Selection will be based on ATAR score, an application and an interview.

IMechE 'Frederic Barnes Waldron' Award

Awarded to the student who achieves the highest weighted average mark, in their final year of study, in the Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (Honours). The recipient will be awarded an Associate Membership of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers for one year, a $150 book token, a medal and an IMechE certificate.

The Des Munday and Son Award

A prize of $500 is awarded to the student who achieves the highest weighted average mark at the completion of the third year of their studies in the Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (Honours) or an equivalent major sequence.

The Godfrey Hirst Australia Award

A prize of $300 is awarded to the graduating student who achieves the highest honours grade in a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) degree.

The Incitec Pivot Ltd Award

A prize of $1,000 for the most outstanding final year project (SEJ440, SEJ441, SEJ442 or SEJ446) on an environmental topic in a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) degree.

Excellence in Structural Analysis, Institution of Structural Engineers Australia, Regional Group, Victoria Prize

A prize of $750 is awarded to the student who achieves the highest overall mark for the Unit SEV320 Theory of Structures. To be eligible for the Prize, students must be enrolled as a student member of IStructE prior to Week 7 of the trimester of offer.

Where more than one student receives the highest overall mark for the Unit, the Award shall be granted to the student with the highest exam mark. Where more than one student satisfies the aforementioned criteria, the prize value shall be split evenly between the recipients.

The Engineers Australia Award

A prize of $600 is awarded to the student who achieves the highest overall academic performance in the final year of a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) degree.

The VIVA Energy Australia Award

A prize of $1,000 is awarded for the most outstanding final year project (SEJ440, SEJ441, SEJ442 or SEJ446) in a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) degree.

The Steel Reinforcement Institute of Australia (SRIA)

A prize of $500, is awarded by the Steel Reinforcement Institute of Australia (SRIA) to the student enrolled in a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) degree, who achieves the highest grade in unit SEV353 Reinforced Concrete Structures, which incorporates the SRIA lecture.

The Worley Parsons Award

A prize of $800 is awarded to a student enrolled in the Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (Honours) who achieves the highest overall academic performance following the completion of years 1, 2 and 3.

The Fred Green Memorial Award
Sponsored by, The Institution of Civil Engineers – Victorian Local Association

An award of $300, plus attendance at five Institution of Civil Engineers – Victorian Local Association, Dinner Meetings, valued at $225 will be presented to the Civil Engineering student who achieves the highest weighted average mark (WAM) after completion of all core 3rd year Units.

Only students who have completed all compulsory, non-zero credit point 3rd year units will be considered.

Where units are completed over multiple years, students completing the last compulsory third year unit in the year of offer will be considered.

Where more than one student receives the highest total mark for the year level, the award shall be granted to the student with the highest individual unit mark. Where more than one student meets the criteria, selection will be made by Ms Eloise Gordon.

School of Information Technology

Jamie Peter Southwell Award

Named in memory of Jamie Peter Southwell. An award of $2,000 each for up to three rural or regional students relocating to Deakin University to commence full-time study in the Bachelor Games Design and Development at either the Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus or the Melbourne Burwood Campus.

Professor of Information Technology Award

An award of $500 and a certificate is presented to high performing students in the School of Information Technology in each of the following categories.  The recipients will have achieved a weighted average mark of 75 or greater:

  • the highest achieving first year undergraduate student enrolled in a Bachelor of Information Technology course at the Melbourne Burwood Campus
  • the highest achieving first year undergraduate student enrolled in a Bachelor of Information Technology course at the Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus
  • the highest achieving second year undergraduate student enrolled in a Bachelor of Information Technology course at the Melbourne Burwood Campus
  • the highest achieving second year undergraduate student enrolled in a Bachelor of Information Technology course at the Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus
  • the highest achieving third year undergraduate student enrolled in a Bachelor of Information Technology course at the Melbourne Burwood Campus
  • the highest achieving third year undergraduate student enrolled in a Bachelor of Information Technology course at the Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus
  • the student who has graduated with the Bachelor of Information Technology (Honours) and has achieved the highest overall weighted-average mark
SecureWorx Cybersecurity Essay Challenge

The SecureWorx Cybersecurity Essay Challenge will be open to students currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Cyber Security (formerly Bachelor of IT Security) or Bachelor of Criminology/Bachelor of Cyber Security. Students must have completed 6-8 credit points (1st year), 9-16 credit points (2nd Year), 17-24 credit points (3rd Year). Applicants will be required to submit an essay tackling a current issue or challenge in the cyber security industry. 

The following prizes will be awarded:

  • 1st year prize - $2000 awarded to the best essay from a 1st year student
  • 2nd year prize - $3000 awarded to the best essay from a 2nd year student
  • 3rd year prize - $5000 awarded to the best essay from a 3rd year student

School of Life and Environmental Sciences

Aquatic Science Award

A $500 prize is awarded annually to the highest achieving third year student in the Bachelor of Environmental Science (Marine Biology). The successful applicant will have achieved a minimum weighted average score of 80 across their completed studies.

Byron Williams Award

Named in memory of Byron Williams. A prize of $500 and a certificate is awarded annually to a student who has completed between 15 to 20 credit points of the environmental science course at the Melbourne Burwood Campus.  The award is for a student who completed most of the course to date in a part-time mode, has shown commitment, high personal achievement (not exclusively academic) demonstrated the potential to pursue the ideals of the course in the community and persevered with studies alongside other external activities.

Christopher Michael Oakley Award

Named in memory of Christopher Michael Oakley. A prize of $500 and a certificate is awarded annually to a student who has met the requirements to graduate from the Marine Biology course or its equivalent and enrols for the honours year.  The recipient will have achieved standards of excellence in their academic record, demonstrated a personal commitment to marine science, suitable personal qualities in leadership, concern for fellow students and demonstrated a financial need.

Excellence in Personal Achievement Award

An award of $500 is made annually to a student who has achieved excellence in their studies despite disadvantaged circumstances. The award recipient will have completed a minimum of 8 credit points of academic study and be enrolled in an undergraduate degree offer by the School of Life and Environmental Sciences.

Frances O'Connor Award

In memory of Frances O'Connor a prize of $500 and a certificate is awarded annually to a first year undergraduate student studying a Bachelor of Environmental Science (Marine Biology) at the Geelong Waurn Ponds or Warrnambool Campus.  The recipient will have demonstrated great endeavour in their environmental science studies.

Head of School Awards

Twelve prizes of $500 are awarded annually to the highest performing students who have completed their first year in full-time studies in the following undergraduate courses.  The successful recipients will have achieved at least a minimum weighted average mark of 80:

  • Bachelor of Environmental Science (Wildlife and Conservation Biology);
  • Bachelor of Environmental Science (Environmental Management and Sustainability);
  • Bachelor of Environmental Science (Marine Biology);
  • Bachelor of Science (Melbourne Burwood Campus);
  • Bachelor of Science (Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus);
  • Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Melbourne Burwood Campus);
  • Bachelor of Science –major sequence in Fisheries and Aquaculture  (Warrnambool Campus);
  • Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus);
  • Bachelor of Biological Science;
  • Bachelor of Forensic Science;
  • Bachelor of Forensic Science/Bachelor of Criminology;
  • Bachelor of Zoology and Animal Science (Geelong Campus).
Head of School Award

A prize of $500 is awarded annually in honour of Peter Kew (former staff member) to the highest achieving second year student enrolled in either the Bachelor of Environmental Science (Marine Biology) or the Bachelor of Science major sequence in Fisheries and Aquaculture. The recipient of the award must be enrolled in at least three units per trimester and achieve a minimum weighted average mark of 80.

John Clarke Prize

Established by his former students in memory of John Clarke a prize of $1,000 and a certificate is awarded annually to the outstanding third year student entering an honours course in chemical or forensic sciences.

Kate England Award

Named in memory of Kate England a prize of $500 and a certificate is awarded annually to a student who has fulfilled the requirements to graduate with a Bachelor of Environmental Science degree offered at either the Melbourne Burwood Campus or the Warrnambool Campus.  The successful recipient will have demonstrated commitment to their studies, high personal achievement (not exclusively academic) and has pursued the ideals of the course in the community.

Office of the Chief Forensic Scientist Moot Court Prize

A prize of $500 and a certificate is awarded annually to the Forensic Science student who achieves the highest mark in the moot court presentation.

Victoria Police Forensic Services Department Honours Prize

A prize of $1,000 is awarded annually to the student who achieves the highest grade in the forensic science honours project.

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