The purpose of this prize is to recognise the quality and impact of research of exceptional Higher Degree by Research students at Flinders University.
A maximum of two prizes across the university will be made each year.
The value of the prize will be $1,000.
- A doctoral student must have had their degree awarded in the year prior to the year of the consideration of the prize. PhD by Prior Published Work and Higher Doctorate students are not eligible for consideration of this prize.
- A student will have received recommendations from two external examiners that the degree should be awarded without amendments to the thesis, or with minor or major amendments to the thesis (A, B or C examination determinations).
- A student should be nominated for the Prize by one of their supervisors or another suitably qualified academic staff member on the university prescribed form.
- A student must write a statement for the selection committee outlining how they meet the criteria (maximum 1 page). Supplementary evidence may also be submitted.
- The selection committee must receive a reference from a stakeholder external to the university who can validate the impact and quality of the student’s research.
- Research impact, in terms of actual and potential adoption/translation or application by government, educational and community organisations, industry and/or business.
- International and/or national recognition of the research undertaken during the candidature.
- Verified demonstration of making a difference to society and culture through research.
- Publications throughout the candidature or publication equivalents and other appropriate research outputs (for example, patents, exhibitions, performances and other creative works). Unrelated publications will not be considered.
- Other recognition for the quality of research undertaken during the candidature (for example, prizes and awards conferred, recognition by professional organisations, invitations to prestigious conferences).
The points above will be considered in the context of the student's project and/or discipline.
The selection committee will also consider the following when making a determination:
- Demonstration of how the research has been disseminated locally, nationally and internationally.
- Presentation of the future value of the research.
- Efficacy and clarity of the written statement made by the student, supervisor and external referee.
- Confirmation of the contribution of the research to Flinders University and lifting the profile of the institution.
- The Office of Graduate Research will call for nominations each year in January.
- The selection committee will comprise voting members of the University Higher Degrees by Research Committee (UHDRC), which includes but is not limited to the Dean of Graduate Research, HDR Coordinators from each College and two student representatives.
- The UHDRC will refer up to two nominations for the prize to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) for consideration.
- The prize will be presented at the same ceremony as the Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Doctoral Thesis Excellence (normally April/May each year).
Nomination form for HDR Student Research Impact Prize
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