Two Alumni Awards graduate finalists

4 May 2018

Two recent graduates from the Faculty of Science have been named as finalists in the University of Sydney Alumni Awards Graduate Medals.

Joshua Critchley-Marrows, who did a Bachelor of Science (Advanced Mathematics) and Bachelor of Engineering (Aeronautical Engineering)(Space) with Honours Class I, and Sam Coggins, who did a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture with Honours Class I and won the University medal, are both in the running for the Convocation Medal for undergraduate achievement.

The Alumni Awards program is made up of six Graduate Medals and six Alumni Achievement Awards, each with their own specific categories and criteria. The 2018 Graduate Medals are for graduates who have completed the requirements for a University of Sydney degree in the 2017 calendar year.

The Convocation Medal, which was first awarded in 1980, honours bachelor's degree graduates who have shown strong leadership and enriched the diverse life of the University of Sydney, in addition to achieving a high standard of academic proficiency.


Joshua Critchley-Marrows

Joshua achieved exceptional academic results during his time at the University of Sydney, where he studied a Bachelor of Engineering (Aeronautical Engineering)(Space) and a Bachelor of Science (Advanced Mathematics). He was included on the Dean's list for Excellence in Academic Achievement and achieved an Honours Class I. His undergraduate thesis has developed into a dedicated University of Sydney research group, developing a system for a test flight from the International Space Station.

Joshua has been active in university life beyond the classroom. He co-founded the University's Rocketry Team, where he served as president, and Astronaut Stories Australia, where he has contributed to nationwide programs that allow high school students to meet astronauts and find out more about university STEM programs.

Joshua published three academic papers as an undergraduate student, and made four presentations at international conferences. He now works for a satellite services company in the United Kingdom.

His greatest lesson: "Prepare yourself for anything. Life is unpredictable, and you have to be ready."


Sam Coggins

Sam achieved outstanding academic results throughout his degree, including a high distinction average and a faculty merit scholarship.

Sam's time at Sydney is defined by his commitment to others. During a semester of study in Sri Lanka, he witnessed poverty and inequality first hand. This led him to create a social enterprise helping Sri Lankan farmers manage pests. He founded the Sydney Union Food Wastage Society in 2016, and is currently developing technology to help farmers dispose of pesticide containers.

He represented the University in multiple sports, and has mentored with the Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME) for the past four years.

"Most poor people are farmers; most hungry people are farmers and farmers produce almost all of our food," said Sam.

His greatest lesson: "I tasted the unfairness of the world during my semester in Sri Lanka. I learned that achievements in my life will always originate from opportunities I was lucky to get. This lesson beat the arrogance out of me and made me commit to a career contributing to a fairer world."

Find out more about the Alumni Awards.

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