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The 2019 SA Science Excellence Awards is presented in the following five categories with a total of six awards.


South Australian Scientist of the Year Award

The South Australian Scientist of the Year will be awarded to an individual who has demonstrated excellence in a field of scientific endeavour.

 

The Scientist of the Year will also have made an outstanding contribution in providing leadership that has inspired others to become involved in science.

 

Eligibility

  • Individuals from either the private, public or not-for-profit sectors are eligible to nominate

  • Nominations must be based on achievement to date.

 

Selection criteria

 

Criteria 1

Significant international contributions made in their field, providing evidence of the significance and global impact of the research, particularly in the last ten years.

 

Criteria 2

Demonstrated track record of excellence as a leader within or beyond their field of research. This may include examples of:

  • building, leading and mentoring successful teams

  • bringing teams together from across disciplines, end users and/or organisations

  • recognition amongst peers and stakeholders

  • contributions to activities which shape the future of individuals, communities or the future directions of their field.

 

Criteria 3

In addition to the above, any other evidence of the benefits to South Australia (environmental, social and economic) from these activities.


PhD Research Excellence Award

The PhD Research Excellence Award recognises outstanding achievement at the very early stage of an individual’s research career.

 

Eligibility

  • Nominees must have undertaken their PhD research within a South Australian higher education provider

  • Nominees must have received their conferral of PhD degree no more than 12 months prior to the closure of nominations for these awards

  • Nominations are sought from researchers who have been publishing for less than ten years

 

Selection criteria

 

Criteria 1

 

Evidence of research excellence during the completion of a PhD.

This may include but is not limited to:

  • publications or conference presentations

  • examiner’s review statements

  • any awards received during and/or as a result of the research

 

Criteria 2

Evidence of research engagement and collaboration.

This may include an explanation of:

  • the approach taken to initiate engagement with potential partners within or beyond your field

  • the level of involvement of partners in a collaborative venture. These partnerships could include: industry, corporate, government, education, community and/or other relevant organisations

 

Criteria 3

In addition to the above, any other evidence of a highly promising future career.

This may include:

  • awards, honours and recognition by communities and external bodies etc

  • career promotion or level of company/institutional support

  • recognition for leadership attributes within or outside your field of research

STEM Professional Award

 

The STEM Professional Award recognise STEM professionals and researchers who are presently working in South Australia, either in the private or public sector (but excluding universities or research institutes) who are making an outstanding contribution in their field.

 

This award identifies and promotes professional excellence across research and development activities in STEM fields.

 

Eligibility

  • Nominations must be based on achievement to date

  • Nominations are to be endorsed by their employer.

 

Selection criteria

               

Criteria 1

 

Evidence of significance and impact of your contribution to your employer or wider industry.

 

This can include:

  • uniqueness and/or innovation of the contribution

 

Criteria 2

Provide evidence of collaboration within the industry sector and/or between sectors.

 

Criteria 3

in addition to the above, any other evidence of the benefits to South Australia (environmental, social and economic) from your work, collaborations and community engagement.

STEM Educator of the Year (two awards)

 

The STEM Educator of the Year Award recognises effective teachers who are critical to successful STEM education and developing students’ knowledge and ability in STEM.

 

The STEM Educator of the Year is awarded in the following sub-categories:

  • School Teaching

  • Tertiary Teaching

School Teaching Award

The STEM Educator of the Year- School Teaching Award is open to individuals from the education sector (early childhood, primary or secondary, public and private sectors) who have made an outstanding contribution to the enhancement of student learning.

 

The School Teaching Award recipient will have inspired their students to become involved in high quality learning outcomes in science.

 

Eligibility

  • Individuals from either the private or public sectors are eligible to apply

  • Nominations must be based on achievement to date

  • Nominations are to be endorsed by the school Principal

  • All nominees must be active in teaching STEM subjects in the classroom at the time of their nomination.

 

Note: As part of the judging process, the following criteria will be adapted to take into consideration the age of the nominee’s students and their learning needs.

 

Selection criteria

 

Criteria 1

An innovative and imaginative approach to teaching STEM that motivates students to learn

 

Criteria 2

Active involvement in STEM education through teaching that reflects a command of the field and is evidenced by high standing in the professional community

 

Criteria 3

Demonstrated ability to develop students’ confidence and ability to use and apply STEM knowledge and processes.

 

Tertiary Teaching Award

The STEM Educator of the Year – Tertiary Teaching Award is open to individuals from the VET and higher education sector who have made an outstanding contribution to the enhancement of student learning in STEM areas.

 

The Tertiary Teaching Awardee will have inspired his or her students to become involved in student-centred investigation in STEM areas, where students seek answers to scientific questions posed by themselves and set in real world contexts.

 

Eligibility
  • Nominations must be based on achievement to date

  • Nominations are to be endorsed by current Heads of School

  • All nominees must be active in teaching STEM subjects in the classroom at the time of their nomination.

 

Selection criteria

 

Criteria 1

An innovative and imaginative approach to teaching STEM that motivates students to learn

 

Criteria 2

Active involvement in STEM education through teaching that reflects a command of the field and is evidenced by high standing in the professional community

 

Criteria 3

Contribution to activities that have promoted an understanding of STEM and influenced and enhanced learning and teaching

 

Criteria 4

Demonstrated impact on students.

This could be evidenced by:

  • Increased enrolments in subject areas

  • Number of graduates proceeding to STEM related careers

  • Recognition from a professional body

Excellence in Research Collaboration

 

Open to collaborative consortia that have shown excellence in collaboration where a significant benefit has already been or is being delivered between researchers and users of research which could lead to economic, social or environmental benefits for South Australia.

 

Eligibility
  • There are no restrictions as to when the achievement was accomplished, however all nominees (either single or collective) must hold a current active position in research, academia or the private sector

 

  • The partnership should endeavour to include, but is not limited to government, industry or community and/or other relevant organisations

 

Selection Criteria

 

Criteria 1

  • Demonstrated partnerships to foster innovation and collaboration between researchers and users of research, outlining:

    • A summary of the project

    • The idea

    • The partnership

    • Who was involved in the collaboration and their role.

 

Criteria 2

  • Demonstrated translation of research outcomes to ‘end user benefit’ by focussing on uptake of knowledge by enterprise, industry and community.

 

Criteria 3

  • Outline how the research has generated or has the potential to generate significant economic, social or environmental benefit to South Australia. Examples may include improvements in public health or in key environmental indicators, or acceptance by the government of reports and/or recommendations.

 

Criteria 4

  • Outline how the research was communicated and how the audience was effectively engaged.

Contact us

SA Science Excellence Awards

Department for Innovation and Skills

DISScienceAwards@sa.gov.au
Ph: (08) 8429 2995

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