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Outstanding students foreshadow future excellence in Science at UTS

20 July 2017

More than one hundred science students received awards in recognition of their outstanding performance at the Faculty of Science Scholarship and Prize Giving Ceremony held on Monday 17 July at the at UTS Great Hall.

Prof Judith Smith, Dean of UTS Science welcomes students and their families to the ceremony. Image by Encapture Photography.

“Today’s students are our future innovators and technology makers,” said Professor Judith Smith, Dean, Faculty of Science. “Our future graduates will be technology enabled and resilient, with a unique vision for how industry, science and the global community can work together to solve problems.”

Prize donors included several UTS Science industry partners, such as the Australian Institute of Medical Scientists, the Royal Australian Chemical Institute, and the Australian Wildlife Society, indicative of the Faculty’

Thomas Lockwood, who won five prizes, accepts the Agilent Technologies Prize for Most Competent Analytical Chemist from UTS Associate Professor Andrew McDonagh.

s extensive engagement with the wider community. Representatives of the donor organisations presented the university sponsored prizes on the night.

“Our partnerships with industry, government, business and the community are integral to our vision for science,” said Professor Smith. “By creating mutually beneficial collaborations, we are generating new opportunities for innovation, and are also enhancing our graduates’ employability.”

Several students received multiple awards, such as Applied Chemistry student Thomas Lockwood, winner of five university prizes including the Robert K Murphy Chemistry Prize. The prize is awarded to one Applied Chemistry student who shows promise in conducting further research, investigation or advanced study. Thomas is currently completing his Honours thesis on new methods to detect fluoroalkyl substances, a class of chemicals commonly found in packaged food containers, cleaning products and furniture treated for stain resistance.

“There are a lot of great facilities at UTS, especially analytical instrumentation, which is really valuable for conducting analytical research like mine,” said Thomas, who hopes to continue research in the area of global contaminants.

“In 20 years’ time, I see myself as a distinguished applied chemist,” he said. Forensic Science in Applied Chemistry student Lily Molinari, recipient of three awards including the New South Wales Police Force Prize, said that achieving great results was much easier after finding an area of study she was truly passionate about.

Lily Molinari (winner of three prizes) accepts the NSW Police Force Prize from Assistant Commissioner Peter Cotter APM. Image by Encapture Photography.

“I have loved studying at UTS,” Lily said. “All the teachers have been really approachable and really supportive.”

Previously a volunteer in the chemical criminalistics department of the Australian Federal Police (AFP), Lily is now completing her Honours thesis on decomposition chemistry.

“I’ve always been fascinated with crime, and I’m really enjoying exploring the different areas of the Forensic Science field,” she said.

Scholarships were awarded in three categories, including the Science Dean’s Scholarship in Science, awarded to Bethany Greentree. The UTS Science High Achievers Scholarship was awarded to four students who distinguished themselves academically during their first year of studies: Alexander Cicchitelli; Jacinta Mullen; Karsten Michael and Thomas Vaughan. Students named on the Dean’s Merit List for Academic Excellence achieved a high distinction average in the 2016 academic year.

The Faculty of Science congratulates all award recipients on their achievements and thanks all who attended the event to celebrate the transfer of knowledge and passion from academics to students of UTS.

View a complete list of the 2016 winners.