2021 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

School of Education

The Association of Graduates in Early Childhood Studies (AGECS) Award

A prize of a full lifetime membership of the Association of Graduates in Early Childhood Studies (AGECS) is awarded to a student for general academic excellence and service to the University during the Bachelor of Education (Early Years) course.

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.

Bank First Award

Prizes to the value of $300 will be 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 their results for the duration of their undergraduate course.

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 NIKERI Institute ) with distinction and within the unit focused on either the integration of all three strands of technology or on either systems or materials strands.

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 one year's membership of MAV, a voucher to the value of $100 to redeem at the MAV online shop and a framed certificate, are awarded to the most outstanding students in mathematics and mathematics education.

Two of the prizes are awarded for graduating with a primary education or early years degree and having achieved the highest marks in mathematics education subjects (Melbourne Burwood Campus, and either Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus or Warrnambool Campus).

The remaining prize is awarded to a student with the highest aggregate marks in mathematics and mathematics education subjects who has graduated with an education degree qualifying to teach secondary mathematics (from any campus).

Primary English Teaching Association Australia (PETAA) Award for Excellence

PETAA offers four awards of 12 months' membership of the association to graduating primary education students who have excelled in literacy and English language studies during the year. The awards recognise both the importance of literacy studies and the career and personal benefits of belonging to a professional association. The resources recipients will access through their membership will be of great support as they begin their teaching career.

A student from each campus (Melbourne Burwood, Geelong Waurn Ponds, Warrnambool and the Cloud campus) studying the Bachelor of Education (Primary) will receive the Award, together with one student studying the Master of Teaching (Primary strand).

The Reverend Dr Norman Curry Student Prize for Outstanding Teaching Practice

This prize has been established to recognise Reverend Dr Norman Curry OAM who was a well-known and highly regarded educationalist who made a significant contribution to education in Australia.

One prize of $2,000 each will be awarded annually to graduates of the Bachelor of Education (Primary) and the Master of Teaching (Primary) courses who have demonstrated excellence in teaching practice.

School of Education Head of School Award

This prize is presented annually to a graduating student who has completed their undergraduate degree and who has demonstrated the following:

  • excellence in engagement and teamwork;
  • achievement of academic potential;
  • exceptional and consistent effort in professional placements; and
  • a contribution to the broader university community.

Please note that due to the impact of COVID-19 in 2020, the selection criteria for this prize are under review for 2021. Details will be updated as soon as possible.

School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Anthropology First Year Student Prize

Awarded to the student with the highest first-year results in the two Anthropology Level One units in any one calendar year. At the end of Trimester 2, Anthropology academic staff combine results from the units ASS101 and ASS102 for all students receiving a High Distinction in each unit. The recipient of this prize will receive a book voucher and a certificate.

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 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.

Dr Malcolm Crick Memorial Prize

Named after the first anthropology academic at Deakin, Dr Malcolm Crick, this prize is awarded to the highest-scoring third-year student completing an Anthropology major. Performance will be based on the combined results of all Anthropology units. 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 Geography Level One Student Prize

Awarded to the highest performing first year Geography student. Results from the 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 other Geography academic staff. The recipient of this prize will receive a book voucher and a certificate.

The Humanities and Social Sciences Honours Thesis Prize

This prize will be awarded to the Honours student with the highest thesis marks achieved in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. The student may come from any of the School’s disciplines, including: Anthropology, Criminology, History, International Relations, Languages, Middle East Studies, Philosophy, Politics or Sociology.

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 John Laffin Memorial History Prize

The John Laffin Memorial History Prize for 'Australia and the Two World Wars' recognises the work of distinguished Australian military historian, teacher and journalist, John Laffin, who established the Families and Friends of the First AIF (FFFAIF) Association.

The prize is annually awarded to an academically outstanding student studying the unit AIH238 Australia and the Two World Wars. The prize consists of a $500 monetary component and a three-year e-concessional FFFAIF membership.

The Lin Zheng Memorial Prize

A prize of $500 is awarded to the student with the highest result achieved in the unit Chinese 3B (AIC382) in each year of offer and will be decided upon the release of results at the end of Trimester 2 of each given year. This prize commemorates Dr Lin Zheng’s life-long commitment to education and her commitment to encouraging students to be enthusiastic about learning the Chinese language and culture and is donated by her family and her classmates at Beijing Normal University.

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 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 Philosophy First Year Essay 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 member 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.

The Politics Student Prize

Awarded to a third year student, undertaking a Politics and Policy Studies major, who receives the highest combined result for the two Politics and Policy Studies capstone units (AIP300 and AIP301) in that 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 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 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 Honours Prize

This prize is named after Emeritus Professor Stan van Hooft who has made a longstanding and sustained contribution to generations of Deakin on- and off-campus students and colleagues, and to the philosophy community, both nationally and internationally, over a span of almost four decades. Stan was appointed as a tutor at Deakin University in the University’s first year of teaching in 1978 and retired in 2014 after 36 years of service to the University and its antecedents.

The prize will be awarded to the highest-performing Honours student completing in one of the following Humanities and Social Sciences disciplines: Anthropology, Criminology, History, International Relations, Languages, Middle East Studies, Philosophy, Politics or Sociology. Selection will be based on the weighted-average-mean (WAM) of all the Honours units. The recipient of this prize will receive a book voucher and a certificate.

The Humanities and Social Sciences Honours Thesis Prize

This prize will be awarded to the Honours student with the highest thesis marks achieved in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. The student may come from any of the School’s disciplines, including: Anthropology, Criminology, History, International Relations, Languages, Middle East Studies, Philosophy, Politics or Sociology.

School of Communication and Creative Arts

Judith Rodriguez Prize

This is an annual prize awarded for 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:

  • free membership of Writers Victoria; and
  • publication in the journal Verandah.

Lowensteins Arts Prize

The Lowensteins Arts Prize will be awarded to a Bachelor of Creative Arts (Visual Arts) student at the end of year exhibition for the 3rd year capstone unit: Contemporary Art Practice: Production, in recognition of their critical, creative and collaborative skills in the creative arts’ disciplines.

Two prizes will be awarded as follows:

  • One prize to a student enrolled in the Bachelor of Creative Arts (Visual Arts) and completing Contemporary Art Practice: Production at the Melbourne Burwood campus;
  • One prize to a student enrolled in the Bachelor of Creative Arts (Visual Arts) and completing Contemporary Art Practice: Production at the Geelong Waterfront campus.

Faculty of Business and Law

Deakin Business School

Bowater Trust Medal - Deakin Business School Graduate of the Year.

Awarded annually to a Deakin Business School graduate considered to be the best all-round student based on academic merit, extra-curricular activities and ambassadorial qualities.

Deakin Business School Undergraduate Courses

A range of prizes will be awarded in recognition of high performing students across the undergraduate courses offered by the Deakin Business School, including the following:

  • Best Graduate in the Bachelor of Business
  • Best Graduate in the Bachelor of Commerce
  • Best Graduate in the Bachelor of Commerce with the Accounting Major
  • Best Graduate in the Bachelor of Commerce with the Economics Major
  • Best Graduate in the Bachelor of Commerce with the Human Resource Management Major
  • Best Graduate in the Bachelor of Commerce with the Marketing Major
  • Best Graduate in the Bachelor of Business (Sport Management)
  • Best Graduate in the Bachelor of Sport Development
  • Best Student in MMS308 Sport Marketing
  • Best Strategic Marketing Plan in MMS308 Sport Marketing
  • Best Student in MLC310 Sport and the Law

Dean's Merit List

Awarded in recognition of outstanding academic achievement to the top 3% of graduates from Deakin Business School undergraduate courses.

Deakin Law School

Dean’s Merit List

Awarded in recognition of outstanding academic achievement to the top 3% of graduates from Deakin Law School undergraduate courses.

Deakin Law School Undergraduate Courses/Units

A range of prizes will be awarded in recognition of high performing students in the Bachelor of Laws, including the following:

  • Best Graduate in the Bachelor of Laws
  • Best Student in MLL110 Legal Research and Statutory Interpretation
  • Best Student in MLL111 Contract
  • Best student in MLL114 Criminal Law
  • Best Student in MLL117 Misleading Conduct and Economic Torts
  • Best Student in MLL215 Commercial Law
  • Best Student in MLL323 Constitutional Law
  • Best student in MLL325 Land Law
  • Best Student in MLL327 Property
  • Best Student in MLL331 Corporate Law
  • Best Student in MLL334 Evidence
  • Best Student in MLL405 Equity and Trusts
  • Best Student in MLL406 Taxation
  • Best Student in MLL409 Competition Law and Policy
  • Best Student in MLL410 Intellectual Property
  • Best student in MLL424 Administrative Law

Faculty of Health

School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences

Head of School Academic Distinction Awards

  • Awarded to the most outstanding undergraduate student in first year.
  • Awarded to the most outstanding undergraduate student in second year.
  • Awarded to the most outstanding undergraduate student in third year.
  • Awarded to the most outstanding undergraduate student in fourth year.

Head of School Academic Achievement Award

Awarded to the most outstanding graduating Honours student in either the Bachelor of Nutrition Science (Honours) or the Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science (Honours).

AFL David Parkin Award for Coach Development

Awarded to the student with the highest academic achievement in three units within the Sport Coaching major in the Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science.

Cricket Victoria Hookes Scholes Coaching Award

Awarded to the most outstanding graduate with the highest academic achievement in the Sport Coaching major in the Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science.

Nu-Mega Ingredients Award

Awarded to two most outstanding graduates in the Bachelor of Nutrition Science or Bachelor of Food and Nutrition Sciences with the highest academic achievement in the Food Science or Food Innovation major.

The Physiological Society (UK) Undergraduate Award for Physiology

Each year, The Physiological Society (UK) recognises the excellence of final year undergraduate students of physiology. Society Representatives nominate students either for excellence specifically in a final year project, or for overall excellence in a degree.

Simplot Academic Distinction Awards

Awarded to the most outstanding first year student in either the Bachelor of Nutrition Science or Bachelor of Nutrition Science/ Bachelor of Commerce.

Awarded to the most outstanding graduating student in either the Bachelor of Food and Nutrition Sciences or Bachelor of Food and Nutrition Sciences/ Bachelor of Commerce course.

Sports Medicine Australia Academic Distinction Award

Awarded to the most outstanding first year student enrolled in either the Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science or Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science/Bachelor of Business (Sport Management).

School of Health and Social Development

Head of School Prize

  • A prize of $250 for an outstanding student who has completed first year.
  • A prize of $250 for an outstanding student who has completed second year.
  • A prize of $250 for an outstanding student who has completed third year.
  • A prize of $250 for an outstanding student who has completed fourth year (does not include honours stream).

A J Pollock Awards

  • A prize of $250 for an outstanding student who has completed the first year of Family, Society and Health.
  • A prize of $250 for an outstanding student who has completed the second year of Family, Society and Health.
  • A prize of $500 for an outstanding honours student who has conducted a project relating to Family, Society and Health.

Australian Health Promotion Association (Victoria/Tasmania 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)
  • A prize of $200
  • Certificate

Professor Simon Haskell Prize

A prize of $1000 for the most outstanding student having completed the Disability and Inclusion major in the Bachelor of Health Science or Bachelor of Health Science/Bachelor of Arts degree.

JC Paul Duerdoth Memorial Award

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

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.

Occupational Therapy Australia Victoria New Graduand Award for Clinical Fieldwork Excellence

A prize of a $250 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.

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.

School of Medicine

Dean’s Award for Excellence in Rural Eyecare

The award will recognise excellence in rural practice during the rural placements that students undertake as part of their studies.

Dean’s Award for Student Leadership, Excellence and Service to Optometry

The award will recognise the leadership contribution of an optometry student during their candidature. Examples of leadership excellence may be within the course, but more likely from activities in the wider community that promote eye health.

IMPACT SRC Honours Award

This award is offered to any Honours Student enrolled with the IMPACT SRC. The award is based on academic performance at the start of the Honours year. The aim of the award is to recognize academic achievement by the student and demonstrate the quality of IMPACT SRC students – one award of $1000.

School of Medicine Honours Awards

Awarded annually to the best all-round students enrolled in the Bachelor of Health and Medical Science (Honours). The criteria on which these awards will be assessed are the applicant's academic performance in their undergraduate degree(s), their academic performance in Trimester 1 of Honours, their performance in other areas such as student societies, collegiality or overcoming adversity or any other area they or their supervisors feel appropriate - four awards, one of $2,000 and three of $1,000.

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).

CleftPALS Victoria and Havenhall Pty Ltd (Pigeon) 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).

Eastern Health Award for Excellence in the Midwifery Program (Melbourne Burwood Campus)

Awarded to the best graduate from the Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Midwifery for academic and clinical excellence throughout the course ($500 and certificate).

Eastern Health McNair Award (Melbourne Burwood Campus)

Awarded by Eastern Health to a graduating student for consistent outstanding achievement in the Bachelor of Nursing or combined degree ($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).

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).

HESTA Award for Excellence in the Bachelor of Nursing (Clinical Leadership) (Melbourne Burwood Campus)

Awarded by HESTA to a graduating student from the Bachelor of Nursing (Clinical Leadership) who has demonstrated academic and clinical excellence throughout the course ($500 and certificate).

HESTA Encouragement Award (Warrnambool Campus)

Awarded to a first year Bachelor of Nursing student who has demonstrated outstanding leadership, passion and respect during the first year of the course ($500 and certificate).

HESTA Encouragement Award (Waterfront Campus)

Awarded to a first year Bachelor of Nursing student who has demonstrated outstanding leadership, passion and respect during the first year of the course ($500 and certificate).

HESTA Indigenous Award for Excellence (All Campuses)

Awarded to an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Bachelor of Nursing student in recognition of outstanding academic achievement and clinical excellence throughout the course ($500 and certificate).

Homestyle Aged Care Award (Geelong Waterfront Campus)

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

Homestyle Aged Care Award (Melbourne Burwood Campus)

Awarded to a third year student who demonstrated outstanding academic and clinical performance 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 demonstrated 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).

Marjory Walkowski Award (Melbourne Burwood, Geelong Waterfront or Warrnambool Campus)

Awarded to a Bachelor of Nursing (Honours) student for excellence in clinical nursing research (prize money 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).

Moyne Health Services Award (Warrnambool 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 ($300 and certificate).

Peter Stallard Memorial Clinical Achievement Award (Waterfront Campus)

Awarded to a third year Bachelor of Nursing student who demonstrated person centred, evidence based clinical care in the unit Comprehensive Nursing Practice: HNN325 ($1000 and certificate).

Peter Stallard Memorial Encouragement Award (Waterfront Campus)

Awarded to a first year Bachelor of Nursing student who demonstrated determination and commitment to achieve a successful outcome over the first year of the course ($1000 and certificate).

Portland District Health (Nursing) Recognition of Clinical Performance (Warrnambool Campus)

Awarded to a nursing student who demonstrated excellence in the clinical components of the first year units in the Bachelor of Nursing ($300 and certificate).

Shirley Anne Everett Award for Excellence (Geelong Waterfront or Warrnambool Campus)

Awarded to a currently enrolled third year Bachelor of Nursing student who has consistently demonstrated the qualities of compassion, empathy, and clinical skill ($2300 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 Healthcare (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 ($250 and certificate).

South West Healthcare (Warrnambool) Nursing Award (Warrnambool Campus)

Awarded to a second year student for outstanding clinical excellence in year two of the program ($250 and certificate).

St John of God Geelong Award for Clinical Excellence (Geelong Waterfront Campus)

Awarded to a Bachelor of Nursing student who exhibited excellent clinical nursing care while on placement at St John of God Hospital Geelong in the third year of the course ($500 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 Health Care Nursing Award (Melbourne Burwood Campus)

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

St John of God Hospital 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).

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 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 best Fourth year Thesis in the H345, H452 or H650 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 $250 will be awarded to the best final year graduate from the H344 course for the highest average mark over the entire course.

Compumedics Cognitive Neuroscience Prize

A prize of $250 and a certificate awarded to the third year student who obtains the highest average mark, in a single year, across the units HPS310 - Brain, Biology and Behaviour in Trimester 1 and HPS395 - Cognitive Neuroscience in Trimester 2.

Lucy Zinkiewicz Award

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.

Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment

Faculty wide prizes and awards

The Bennett Summer Placement

For a student enrolled in the Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Honours), Bachelor of Electrical and Electronics Engineering (Honours), Bachelor of Environmental Engineering (Honours), Bachelor of Environmental Engineering (Honours), Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (Honours), Bachelor of Mechatronics 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.

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.

School of Architecture and Built Environment

Architecture Award for Design Excellence

The Architecture Award for Design Excellence is awarded to a postgraduate student in the Master of Architecture who has shown exceptional design skills during the course of their studies. A certificate and award of $500 is made annually to a graduating student in the Master of Architecture. The award shall be made upon a review of student work in the Master of Architecture design studio units, (SRD prefix) by the Chair in Architecture and Master of Architecture Course Director.

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.

The Cavalier Prize

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

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

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.

Rendine Constructions Award

An award of $1,000 shall be made annually to the most outstanding D364 Bachelor of Design (Architecture) / Bachelor of Construction Management (Honours) graduating student, based on outstanding academic achievement in their final year.

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 $750 is made annually to the highest performing student completing the Bachelor of Construction Management (Honours) degree.

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.

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

Head of School Award - Mechatronics

An award of $500 is made annually to the student who has achieved the highest WAM (Weighted Average Mark) upon completion of S463 Bachelor of Mechatronics Engineering (Honours).

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 Electrical and Electronics Wood Award

An award of $500 is made annually to a student who has achieved the highest WAM (Weighted Average Mark) upon completion of S461 Bachelor of Electrical and Electronics Engineering (Honours).

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 Civil Engineering (Honours), Bachelor of Electrical and Electronics Engineering (Honours), Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (Honours), or Bachelor of Mechatronics Engineering (Honours) degree.

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

A prize of $750 is awarded to an IStructE student member 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 Fred Green Memorial Award

Sponsored by, The Institution of Civil Engineers - Victorian Local Association

An award of $500 will be presented to the Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Honours) 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 the course director.

The Godfrey Hirst Australia Award

A prize of $800 is awarded to the graduating student who achieves the highest honours grade in the Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Honours), Bachelor of Electrical and Electronics Engineering (Honours), Bachelor of Environmental Engineering (Honours), Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (Honours), or Bachelor of Mechatronics Engineering (Honours) degree.

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 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 Civil Engineering (Honours), Bachelor of Electrical and Electronics Engineering (Honours),

Bachelor of Environmental Engineering (Honours), Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (Honours), or Bachelor of Mechatronics 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 Civil Engineering (Honours) degree, who achieves the highest grade in SEV300 Reinforced Concrete Design, which incorporates the SRIA lecture.

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 Civil Engineering (Honours), Bachelor of Electrical and Electronics Engineering (Honours), Bachelor of Environmental Engineering (Honours), Bachelor of Environmental Engineering (Honours), Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (Honours), or Bachelor of Mechatronics Engineering (Honours) degree.

Undergraduate Student Project Excellence

An award of $500 to be made annually to the best performing student in SEJ446 – Engineering Project B. The award will be made to the student with outstanding academic achievement in SEJ446 Engineering Project B.

School of Information Technology

Patrick Pleass Memorial Award

Awarded in memory of Patrick Pleass, former IT Advisory Board member. An award of $1000 presented to the highest achieving second year student enrolled in the Bachelor of Computer Science.

School of Information Technology Award - Undergraduate

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

  • Awarded to the highest achieving first year undergraduate student enrolled in a School of Information Technology course at the Burwood (Melbourne) Campus.
  • Awarded to the highest achieving first year undergraduate student enrolled in a School of Information Technology course at the Waurn Ponds (Geelong) Campus.
  • Awarded to the highest achieving first year undergraduate student enrolled in a School of Information Technology Cloud (online) course.
  • Awarded to the highest achieving second year undergraduate student enrolled in a School of Information Technology course at the Burwood (Melbourne) Campus.
  • Awarded to the highest achieving second year undergraduate student enrolled in a School of Information Technology course at the Waurn Ponds (Geelong) Campus.
  • Awarded to the highest achieving second year undergraduate student enrolled in a School of Information Technology Cloud (online) course.
  • Awarded to the highest achieving third year undergraduate student enrolled in a School of Information Technology course at the Burwood (Melbourne) Campus.
  • Awarded to the highest achieving third year undergraduate student enrolled in a School of Information Technology course at the Waurn Ponds (Geelong) Campus.
  • Awarded to the highest achieving third year undergraduate student enrolled in a School of Information Technology Cloud (online) course.

School of Information Technology Industry Project Award - Undergraduate

Three awards of $300 each (one per Trimester) presented to students enrolled in a School of Information Technology undergraduate course who have completed SIT378 Team Project (B) - Execution and Delivery and demonstrated strong professional behaviours that align with the award criteria.

The award nomination will be recommended by the Academic Director, Capstone; the Industry Capstone Manager and the relevant Unit Chair. Nomination will be based on demonstration of exemplary professional practice, leadership and standards and/or exemplary technical innovation.

INTERNAL CRITERIA:

Awarded to the student enrolled in a School of Information Technology undergraduate course who has completed SIT378 Team Project (B) - Execution and Delivery. SIT378 Team Project (B) - Execution and Delivery must have been completed in the award year. The award is offered for the highest-achieving student in each trimester based on demonstration of exemplary professional practice, leadership and standards and/or exemplary technical innovation.

School of Life and Environmental Sciences

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 the Bachelor of Environmental Science (Marine Biology)or the Bachelor of Marine Science. The recipient of the award must be enrolled in at least three units per trimester and achieve a minimum weighted average mark of 80.

Head of School Awards

Thirteen 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) (Warrnambool Campus);
  • Bachelor of Marine Science;
  • Bachelor of Science (Melbourne Burwood Campus);
  • Bachelor of Science (Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus);
  • Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Melbourne Burwood Campus);
  • Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus);
  • Bachelor of Forensic Science;
  • Bachelor of Forensic Science/Bachelor of Criminology;
  • Bachelor of Zoology and Animal Science (Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus).

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 Warrnambool Campus. The recipient will have demonstrated great endeavour in their environmental science studies.

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, Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus or the Warrnambool Campus. The successful recipient will have demonstrated commitment to their studies, high personal achievement (not exclusively academic) and 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 student enrolled in the Bachelor of Forensic Science 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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