Prizes

The School of Letters, Art, and Media offers a range of prizes for students who have excelled in Undergraduate, Honours and Postgraduate units of study and programs offered by the following Departments:

The recipients of the prizes are decided by the academic staff of the relevant department based on the merit of their students, except those indicated as other within the Department of English.

The 2015 Prizes and Awards winners can be found here.

Art History and Film Studies

Prizes awarded to students on the basis of assessment results

and not requiring entry submission

Francis Stuart Prize in Asian Art
Established in 2009 by Mrs Sabrina Snow in memory of her father, Francis Stuart, formerly Australian Ambassador in Cambodia and Australian Diplomat active in Asia. To the best undergraduate, Honours or Master of Arts Coursework long essay or Master of Arts Research in Asian Art at the Department of Art History and Film Studies, in the previous year.

GS Caird Scholarship in Art History
Awarded annually on the recommendation of the Head of the Power Department of Fine Arts to the Bachelor of Arts candidate who achieves the highest average mark in three courses consisting of Fine Arts 390 and any other two Fine Arts Senior courses completed in the year immediately preceding that in which the scholarship is to be awarded, provided the work is of sufficient merit and provided that the scholar remains enrolled in Fine Arts IV Honours throughout the year. The scholarship shall be tenable in the year of award only.

Kathleen Garnham Laurence Prize in Art History
Founded in 1971 by a gift of $500 from Miss K.J. Laurence to establish a prize in memory of her aunt, Kathleen Garnham Laurence. Awarded annually to the most proficient first year student in first year Art History.

Mary Makinson Prize for Fourth Year Art History
Founded in 1971 by a gift of $500 from Miss K.J. Laurence to establish a prize in memory of her aunt, Mary Makinson. Awarded annually to the most proficient fourth year student in Art History. Two prizes may be awarded.

Kathryn Carter Prize in Art History and Theory
The purpose of the award is to have a prize in memory of the late Kathryn Carter who died in 2003 whilst a student in the Department of Art History and Theory. Awarded annually on the nomination of the Head of Department, after seeking advice from the annual examiners meeting, for the most deserving or proficient student who has completed at least two senior level undergraduate units in the calendar year in the Department of Art History and Theory.

Power Institute Alumni Prize in Australian Art
Established in 2005 by an annual donation from the Power Institute, the prize is awarded annually to an Art History and Theory senior student (2nd or 3rd year) based on examination results, provided the work is of sufficient merit.

Prizes for which students submit entries


Frank McDonald Scholarship
In 2013, the Frank McDonald Memorial Fund was established from funds donated by James O. Fairfax. This funding is to support the awarding of an annual or bi-annual travel prize or exchange scholarship to an undergraduate student in Art History in honour of Frank McDonald. The Prize is competitive and will be to the value of $3000. It is designed to facilitate travel within and beyond Australia to sites, collections and archives that will present unique and transformational opportunities for research.

To be eligible, students must be enrolled (full or part-time) as an honours student of Art History in the Department of Art History and Film Studies at the University of Sydney and can be of either local or international status. Submission of an application is required.

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Celtic Studies

Betty Eva Naish Prize for Celtic Studies
Established in 2008 by a donation of $2000 from Sybil Jack, Honorary Associate in the Department of History and Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences 1986-1989, in memory of her aunt, Betty Eva Naish. Awarded annually, on the recommendation of the Professor of Celtic Studies, to the student enrolled in an undergraduate Celtic Studies unit, who submits the best piece of work on an historical, archaeological or anthropological topic (not in literature or language) as part of the required coursework for that unit, provided that the work is of sufficient merit.

Hadyn Lloyd-Davies Prize for Welsh Language
Established in 2013 and awarded on academic merit to a student who has undertaken units in Celtic Studies where the focus has been Modern or Middle Welsh.

Scottish Society & Burns Club Prize
Established in 2008 by a donation from the Scottish Society & Burns Club. The prize will be awarded on academic merit to a student who has undertaken units in Celtic Studies where the focus has been on Scotland or Scottish matters, as identified by the Department of Celtic Studies. In some years there may be no candidate that fits these criteria.

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English and Australian Literature

Prizes awarded to students on the basis of assessment results

and not requiring entry submission

Australian Federation of Australian Women Prize
The prize was established in 1978 by a gift by the NSW Association of Women Graduates for essays by a woman student in her second year of English.

Dame Leonie Kramer Prize in Australian Poetry
This prize was funded in 1992 by donations from friends, colleagues and former students of Professor Dame Leonie Kramer, who retired in 1989 from the position of Professor of Australian Literature at the University. Awarded annually on the recommendation of the Professor of Australian Literature or, in the absence of the Professor, on the recommendation of the Chair of the department of English, to the postgraduate student in the Department of English writing the best thesis or long essay on an aspect of Australian poetry, or, should no postgraduate thesis or essay of sufficient merit be presented, to the student writing the best long essay on an aspect of Australian poetry in either Australian Literature IV or English IV. The prize will not be awarded on more than one occasion to the same student.

Dr Colin Roderick Prize in Australian Literature
The prize was established in 1968 by a bequest from the estate of the late Miss Isobel Marion Dorothea Mackellar and commemorates Dr Colin Roderick whose efforts were instrumental in the establishment of the Chair of Australian Literature. Awarded annually to a Masters or Honours student in English for the best thesis on a topic in Australian Literature.

Eva Veronka VIdak Memorial Prize
The prize was founded in 1991 by a gift from Laszlo and Margit Vidak in memory of their daughter Eva Veronika Vidak BA Dip Ed, who died in 1989 at the age of 35 whilst enrolled in the MA (Hons) course in the English Department. A plaque in her memory was also placed in the student area of the Department. Awarded annually on the recommendation of the Head of the Department of English and the Professor of Australian Literature to the student enrolled for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in English who submits the best thesis each year in the area of Australian Literature provided that the thesis is of sufficient merit.

James Coutts Scholarship No. 1 for English Literature
James Coutts Scholarship No. 2 for English Language and Early English Literature
James Coutts Scholarship No. 3 for English Literature
James Coutts Scholarship No. 4 for English Language and Early English Literature
The Coutts Scholarships were founded in 1905 by a gift of Mrs Janet Coutts in memory of her sons James and John, the James Coutts Scholarships in Arts and the John Coutts Scholarships in Science. Scholarship No. 1 is awarded for English Literature in third year, No. 2 for English Language and Early English Literature in third year, No. 3 for English Literature in fourth-year Honours, and No. 4 for English Language and Early English Literature in fourth-year Honours. The scholarship may be awarded annually on the recommendation of the Head of the Department of English at the third year examination in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences for distinction in the study of the English literature provided the students work is of sufficient merit. The scholarship is tenable for one year. The scholar is required to attend the honours year in English during the tenure of the scholarship.

John Bell and Joyce Williams Prize in Shakespeare Studies
This prize was established in 2007 by a donation from Mr John Bell, founder of the Bell Shakespeare Company and Honours graduate of the English Department, from the proceeds of his readings at alumni events. A further donation was made by Tony and Graeme Williams in memory of their mother Joyce Williams, an M.A. graduate of the University, in honour of her lifelong love of drama studies, Shakespeare and the theatre. Awarded to the student with the highest marks (Distinction or above) in an M.A. coursework unit of study in a field related to Shakespeare studies. The prize may be awarded for a Research Essay unit.

Josiah Symon Scholarship No. 1 for First Year English
Josiah Symon Scholarship No. 2 for Second Year English
A scholarship was founded in 1922 by a gift from Sir John Symon KC of Adelaide, for the foundation of scholarships to be awarded for proficiency in the study of English language and literature. A second scholarship was established from accumulated funds in 1988. Scholarship No. 1 is awarded for first year, and No. 2 for second year. Awarded annually for distinction in second year English, the candidate must attend third year English. Tenable for one year only.

MacCallum Prize for First Year English Literature
The MacCallum Prize for proficiency in first year English Literature was founded in 1920 from a gift from undergraduates in Arts, and others, in honour of Mungo W. MacCallum, Professor of Modern Literature (1887-1920), and Vice-Chancellor (1924-28).

Margaret Cramp Memorial Prize for a Part-Time Student in First Year English
Established in 1945 from part of a gift of 1000 pounds from the Evening Students Association. Awarded annually to a part-time student for proficiency in first year English, in memory of Margaret Cramp, a former evening student and Library Assistant in the Fisher Library.

Maud Stiles Prize for a Woman Student in First Year English
The prize was founded in 1915 from a gift from Mrs Stiles (1852-1939), formerly Headmistress and teacher of English and History at Normanhurst school, Ashfield. Awarded annually to a woman student for proficiency in first year English.

Maxwell E Arthur Prize for Australian Literature
Established in 1997 by a gift of $21,000 from the Committee of the Sydney Mechanics School of Arts, in honour of Maxwell E. Arthur, their former President. The prize is awarded annually, on the recommendation of the Professor of Australian Literature and the Head of the Department of English, to a student of Australian Literature at the University of Sydney who achieves outstanding results in senior units of study in Australian Literature, provided that the work is of sufficient merit.

Michael Orange Prize
The prize was established in 2000 by donations of friends, colleagues and former students in memory of Dr Michael Orange, who died in 1992 while a member of the Department of English. The Michael Orange Prize is awarded annually to a student in the second year on the basis of results in Senior (pass) units.

The Richard Madelaine Prize in English Literature
The prize was established in 1988 by the offer of an annual donation by the English Association (Sydney Branch). The English Association (Sydney Branch) Prize is awarded annually for an outstanding Honours thesis in English Literature.

Prizes for which students and graduates submit entries

Please refer to the Scholarships Office Literary Prizes page.

Prizes open to the public

David Harold Tribe Poetry Prize
David Harold Tribe Fiction Prize

Bursaries awarded through the Financial Assistance Office

Abbie Clancy Bursary
Awarded to a candidate for the degree of Bachelor of Arts in the course Australian Literature IV Honours, who is under the age of 29. Preference is given to a candidate writing an Honours thesis on an Australian woman writer. Value: $1000+.
Applications must be made in person with an Officer at the Financial Assistance Office - Level 5, Jane Foss Russell Building G02, The University of Sydney, NSW 2006. Ph: +61 2 9351 2416, email: . Application forms can be downloaded from website: http://www.usyd.edu.au/stuserv/financial_assistance_office/index.shtml

Australian Writers Bursary
Bursary for a student studying for the degree of Bachelor of Arts in the Australian Literature Honours course. Awarded on the recommendation of the Professor of Australian Literature to a student who demonstrates financial need and academic merit. Value: $1000
Applications must be made in person with an Officer at the Financial Assistance Office - Level 5, Jane Foss Russell Building G02, The University of Sydney, NSW 2006. Ph: +61 2 9351 2416, email: . Application forms can be downloaded from website: http://www.usyd.edu.au/stuserv/financial_assistance_office/index.shtml

Linguistics

Appen Butler Hill Prize for Excellence in Linguistics
Established in 2011 by a generous donation from Appen Butler Hill Pty. Ltd, the prize is available as an annual award for five years to a student who has fulfilled all the requirements to enter the Honours year in Linguistics and has demonstrated the highest level of achievement in a range of Linguistics courses.

Arthur Capell Prize for an essay on Australian and Pacific Linguistics
Established in 1987 by a donation of $1000 from Miss Margaret McIntosh in memory of the Reverend Dr Arthur Capell. Dr Capell joined the Department of Anthropology in 1944 as a temporary lecturer and by 1949 had been appointed Reader in Oceanic Languages from which position he retired in 1967. During the 23 years he spent in the University as an academic, his many contributions to the by then expanding formal descriptive and comparative study of Oceanic and Australian Aboriginal languages earned him an international reputation. After retirement he was for some years an Honorary Associate of the Department and he continued to be active in linguistics studies until a year or so before his death in 1986. Awarded annually on the recommendation of the Heads of the Departments of Anthropology and/or Linguistics to a student enrolled in any senior course offered by the Departments who submits as part of the coursework the best essay in the field of Australian and Pacific linguistics, provided that the work is of sufficient merit.

GS Caird Scholarship in Linguistics II
Awarded annually on the recommendation of the Head of the Department of Linguistics to the Bachelor of Arts candidate who showed greatest proficiency in at least 12 units of Linguistics at second year level in the year immediately preceding that in which the scholarship is to be awarded, provided that the work is of sufficient merit and provided that the scholar remains enrolled in at least 12 units of Linguistics at third year level throughout the year. Tenable in the year of award only.

GS Caird Scholarship in Linguistics III
Awarded annually on the recommendation of the Head of the Department of Linguistics to the Bachelor of Arts candidate who showed greatest proficiency in third year Linguistics courses completed in the year immediately preceding that in which the scholarship is to be awarded, provided that the work is of sufficient merit and provided that the scholar remains enrolled in Linguistics IV Honours throughout the year. Tenable in the year of award only.

MAK Halliday Medal
The Medal was established in 1988 by the staff of the Department of Linguistics to honour Professor Halliday who was appointed to the Chair of Linguistics in 1975 and retired in 1987. It was intended that the Medal be awarded only to students of outstanding merit in the Master of Arts program in Applied Linguistics. The Medal may be awarded on the recommendation of the Head of the Department to a student who obtains a minimum of 80% in at least three out of four courses attempted in fulfilment of the requirements for the Master of Arts in Applied Linguistics. More than one Medal may be awarded in any one year.

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Medieval Studies

George Vari Prize for History and Medieval Studies
The prize was established in 1999 by a donation of $1,000 from the family of the late George Vari. The Prize is to be awarded annually in alternate calendar years in the Department of History and the Centre for Medieval Studies. In History, the prize is awarded to the student who scores the highest marks in any one calendar year in any junior (first-year) unit of study concerning the Middle Ages or Early Modern period in the subject History. In Medieval Studies, the prize is awarded on the nomination of the Director of the Centre for Medieval Studies to the student who scores the highest marks in any one calendar year in any unit of study, or for any thesis, counted towards a major in the subject Medieval Studies or towards Medieval Studies IV Honours.

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Media and Communications

Anne Dunn Memorial Prize for Outstanding Performance in Radio Broadcasting
The Anne Dunn Memorial Fund has been established to commemorate the work of an outstanding colleague and foundational staff member in the Department of Media and Communications at the University of Sydney. Associate Professor Anne Dunn was a highly respected and widely loved Australian journalism educator, media scholar and broadcast media professional who had a particular passion for creative partnerships between industry and academy. The fund will be used to foster excellence in media practice by offering awards (including prizes and scholarships) to eligible undergraduate and/or postgraduate students to support their study or to recognise academic achievement in areas such as Broadcast Journalism, Video Production, Radio Broadcasting, Critical Media Practice or Honours level study.

Australian Press Council Prizes
For over a decade the Australian Press Council has sponsored an annual rize for an essay or thesis submitted by a tertiary student. This is for work focusing on the investigation of the freedom and the journalistic ethics, and serious investigation of the freedom and responsibility of the press. Since 2004 the Council has decided to award its prize through individual teaching departments. The Media and Communications department at the University of Sydney have decided to offer this prize to the top performing students in the postgraduate and undergradaute media ethics and law units of study.

Brambles Limited Prize for Best Essay in Financial & Investor Communication
The prize recognises an outstanding achievement by a student in this postgraduate unit of study offered within the Department of Media and Communications. The prize is intended to reflect a developing understanding in the field of study, culminating in producing the best final essay. The essay involves an interpretation of a company’s narrative in explaining financial performance and an analysis of how this communication has been received by stakeholders, assessed against a relevant background of theoretical study and research. As one of Australia’s larger global businesses, Brambles supports this field of study because of the value it attaches to communication and explaining its business to stakeholders, in particular the investment markets.

The Catherine Lumby Prize for Excellence in Media and Communication Studies
Awarded to the student who is enrolled in thier first year on university studies and is in the BA(Media & Communication), achieves the highest marks overall for MECO 1001 & MECO 1003 and intends to complete the MECO degree. The prize shall take the form of a subscription to a media-related journal, selected by the MECO Department teaching staff.

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Studies in Religion

John Cooper Memorial Prizes (Undergraduate and Postgraduate)
Established for 2000 through the generosity of the Theosophical Society, these prizes honour the memory of Dr John Cooper who had a long association with the Department of Studies in Religion as both student and teacher. Two prizes will be awarded annually: an undergraduate prize for the best coursework essay on some topic related to eastern or esoteric religions, and a postgraduate prize for the best thesis (Honours to Doctoral level) submitted in the same fields of study.

Rachel McKbbin Prize
Established in 1964 by a bequest of 275 pounds from Miss Rachel McKibbin. Awarded annually on the recommendation of the Head of the School of Studies in Religion to the best candidate in Studies in Religion IV Honours, provided the work is of sufficient merit.

GS Caird Scholarship in Religious Studies (Junior)
Awarded annually on the recommendation of the Head of the School of Studies in Religion to the Bachelor of Arts degree candidate who showed greatest proficiency in senior units of Religious Studies in the year immediately preceding that in which the scholarship is to be awarded, provided that the work is of sufficient merit and provided that the student remains enrolled in further senior units of Religious Studies in the following year. The scholarship shall be tenable in the year of award only.

GS Caird Scholarship in Religious Studies (Senior)
This prize is awarded annually on the recommendation of the Head of the Department of Studies in Religion to the Bachelor of Arts degree candidate who showed greatest proficiency in the Senior Studies in Religion units of study which qualify the student to proceed to Studies in Religion IV Honours in the year immediately preceding that in which the scholarship is to be awarded, provided that the work is of sufficient merit and provided that the student remains enrolled in Studies in Religion IV Honours throughout the year. The Scholarship shall be tenable in the year of award only. Value, $1500.

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2015 Prizes and Awards Winners

The SLAM Prizes and Awards Ceremony was held on 30 April from 5pm. The ceremony was held in MacLaurin Hall, in the Quadrangle.

SLAM would like to acknowledge the continuing generosity of the benefactors who have established the prizes and scholarships awarded at this ceremony.

SLAM Prize winners  2015
Art History and Film Studies

Francis Stuart Prize in Asian Art
Marie-Christine Chretien
GS Caird Scholarship in Art History
Alexander Cigana
Kathleen Garnham Laurence Prize for Art History
Daisy Prowse
Kathryn Carter Prize in Art History & Film Studies
Jane Garling
Mary Makinson Prize for Fourth Year Art History
Christopher Colla
Mary Makinson Prize for Fourth Year Art History
Ellen Oredsson
Mary Makinson Prize for Fourth Year Art History
Kieran Turner
Power Institute Alumni Prize in Australian Art
Jane Garling

Celtic Studies Foundation

Betty Eva Naish Prize for Celtic Studies
Beverley Price
Scottish Society and Burns Club Prize for Celtic Studies
Denis Stojanovic
Hadyn Lloyd-Davies Prize for Welsh Language
Marlena Lutz-Hughes

English

Australian Federation of Graduate Women (NSW) Prize for Essays in English
Ann Moore
James Coutts Scholarship No. 1 for English Literature
Ceren Guler
James Coutts Scholarship No. 2 for English Language and Early English Literature
Lucinda Howes
James Coutts Scholarship No. 3 for English Literature
Gabriel Pender
James Coutts Scholarship No. 4 for English Language and Early English Literature
Eric Shi
Josiah Symon Scholarship No. 1 for First Year English
Joanne Watson
Josiah Symon Scholarship No. 2 for Second Year English
Hannah John
MacCallum Prize for First Year English Literature
Miranda Middleton
Margaret Cramp Memorial Prize for a Part-Time Student in First Year English
Joanne Watson
Maud Stiles Prize for a Woman Student in First Year English
Donna Lu
Michael Orange Prize for Second Year English
Benedetto Passaretti
Richard Madelaine Prize in English Literature
Nathan Hauser

Australian Literature

Dr Colin Roderick Prize for Best Honours Thesis in Australian Literature
Megan Nash
Maxwell E Arthur Prize for Australian Literature
Yuri Hospodar

Literary Prizes

Beauchamp Prize (Literary)
Lucas Thompson
Henry Lawson Prize for Poetry
Eleanor Gordon-Smith
Henry Lawson Prize for Prose
Owen Hughes
Robert A Dallen Prize
Natalie Ide

Linguistics

Appen Butler Hill Prize for Excellence in Linguistics
Joshua Han
Arthur Cappell Prize for an Essay on Australian and Pacific Linguistics
John Wormell
GS Caird Scholarship in Linguistics II
Weijian Meng
GS Caird Scholarship in Linguistics III
Joshua Han
MAK Halliday Medal for Outstanding Merit in Master of Applied Linguistics
Yun So

Media and Communications

Anne Dunn Memorial Prize for Outstanding Performance in Radio Broadcasting
Alexander Tighe
Australian Press Council Prize (Postgraduate) for Outstanding Performance in Media Ethics and Law Unit of Study
Dina Abdel-Mageed
Australian Press Council Prize (Undergraduate) for Outstanding Performance in Media Ethics and Law Unit of Study
Mary Ward
Brambles Limited Prize for Best Essay in Financial and Investor Communication
Peter Arkle
Catharine Lumby Prize for Excellence in Media and Communication Studies
Finnian McHugh-Dillon

Australia-Thailand Institute Fellowship (ATI)
Ada Lee and Michael Dwyer
Australia-Malaysia Institute Fellowship (AMI)
Shaza Barbar and Amanda Choularton
Australia-Japan Foundation Fellowship (AJF)
Jessica Glanz
Australia-China Council Fellowship (ACC)
Ellen Laughton, Christina Guo and Raveen Hunjan
Australia-Korea Foundation Fellowship (AKF)
Eliott Brennan and Joanna Chen

Studies in Religion

G S Caird Scholarship in Studies in Religion II
Sophie Morstyn
G S Caird Scholarship in Studies in Religious III
Matthew McMartin
John Cooper Memorial Prize for the Best Postgraduate Thesis in Studies in Religion
Mario Baghos
John Cooper Memorial Prize for the Best Undergraduate Essay in Studies in Religion
Sophie Morstyn
Rachel McKibbin Prize for an Honours Thesis in Studies in Religion
Breann Fallon