Honours scholarships and prizes
Scholarships offered by the University
Honours Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic merit and personal attributes such as leadership and creativity. Please visit the Scholarships Office's page for information on honours scholarships.
J. Allen Keast Award
Established in 2014 by a generous bequest from the estate of Professor James Allen Keast who died in March 2009.
This prize is awarded annually in semester 2 by the Head of the School to the honours student enrolled in the Biological Sciences with the highest ranked academic performance in their prior undergraduate studies.
John H. Elliott Memorial Prize
Established in 1980- in memory of John H. Elliott, Deputy Registrar (Staffing), who died suddenly in October 1978.
Awarded annually to the honours student in the Biological Sciences who submits the best thesis on any aspect of animal biology, provided that the student’s thesis is of sufficient merit.
William John Dakin Memorial Prize in Zoology
Established in 1977 by a bequest of $2000 from Catherine Mary Gladys Dakin in memory of William John Dakin, Professor Zoology at the University from 1929-47.
Awarded annually on the recommendation of the Head of Biological Sciences for excellence in the subject of Zoology to a student gaining first class honours in biology.
Professor Spencer Smith-White Prize
Established in 1987 from donations to a fund set up by the academic staff of the Biological Sciences working in the field of genetics to commemorate the work of Professor Smith-White, for many years Professor of biology with particular interest in the cytogenetics of Australian flora and widely remembered for his encouragement of and participation in undergraduate and graduate research training.
Awarded annually on the recommendation of the Head of the Biological Sciences, for greatest proficiency in the field of genetics in undergraduate biology honours, provided the student’s work is of sufficient merit.
Ilma Brewer Prize
Established in 1987 by a gift from Ilma M. Brewer and Richard H. Brewer.
Awarded annually on the recommendation of the Head of Biological Sciences for excellence in any aspect of the subject of botany of plant sciences, to a student gaining first class honours in biology.
In order to qualify for the award of a university medal, it is necessary but not sufficient for a candidate to achieve a WAM of 80 or greater and an honours mark of 90 or greater. Students with an honours mark of 90 or greater and a WAM of 77 to 79 inclusive may be considered for the award of a university medal only if it can be demonstrated that their WAM was affected by sickness, misadventure, unusual workload or choice of units of study.