Recognising Achievements: Awards, Prizes and Honours
We are proud that our researchers, students and professional staff are recognised for their talent, excellence and contributions to the wider community. Read about our achievements below.
Dr Alex Thomson
- 2019 Superstars of STEM
- UTS Vice-Chancellor’s Learning and Teaching Award for the teaching project Building science students’ self-confidence and employability skills through collaborative career development learning.
- Young Tall Poppy Science Award
- National Geographic and 2019 Rolex Award for Enterprise Associate Laureate
- UTS VC Awards - Early Career Research Excellence Award (winner)
- Green Grown Australia Awards Finalist
Prof. Justin Seymour won the UTS VC Awards – Research Leadership and Development Award.
Melissa Oey was awarded a high distinction in the 2018 UTS Career and Professional Development (CAP) Awards. Melissa is an outstanding and valued member of the C3 administration team.
Associate Professor Shauna Murray was awarded the 2018 UTS Jenny Edwards Research Fellowship. This award represents an important recognition of the high quality and significance of academic work and its value to UTS and the wider community.
Dr Manoj Kumar (ARC DECRA Fellow) was selected to participate in the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering Australia China Young Scientists Exchange Program to visit a Chinese Research organisation for two weeks.
Nasim Shah Mohammadi (PhD student) was awarded best oral presentation at the 13th International Seagrass Biology Workshop (ISBW13) in Singapore after presenting her project ‘Molecular investigation of heavy metal stress in the seagrass, Zostera muelleri.
Dr Alex Thomson, together with Helena Asher-Chiang (Team Leader) and Naomi Koh-Belic, won the 2018 UTS Team Teaching Award for building the self-confidence and employability skills of science students through collaborative career development learning.
Associate Professor David Suggett won the AMP Tomorrow Fund 2017 to investigate ‘super-coral’ reef sites in Australia and the complex biology that enables ‘super-corals’ to operate under extreme conditions.
Dr Mathieu Pernice won a 2016 Visiting Speaker Program Award from the Australian Society for Microbiology to present his work on single cell measurements of microbial activity using isotope-labeling techniques and Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry in five Australian capital cities.
Associate Professor Shauna Murray won the 2016 UTS Vice-Chancellor Award for Research Excellence in the category Research Excellence through Collaboration.
Prof. Peter Ralph won the 2012 UTS Faculty of Science Publication Excellence Award and the 2012 UTS Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Research Excellence in the category Research Leadership.
Early Career Researchers
Dr Penelope Ajani (UTS Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Research Fellow)
- won the ASLO 2017 Photographic Award – Microscopic Imagery for her transmission electron microscopy image that captures the diversity and intricacy of both pennate and centric marine diatoms from the east coast of Australia.
- together with Assoc. Prof. Shauna Murray, Dr Peter Coad and Dr Ana Rubio won the 2016 NSW Annual Coastal Management Innovation Award for their decision support tool, developed to help coastal managers monitor and respond to Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs).
- was awarded a high commendation from the Australian Academy of Sciences for her 2017 Max Day Fellowship application (1 of 2 nationally)
- was named the 2017 UW360 Ocean Defender of the Week (2017).
was awarded the 2018 British Ecological Societies Aquatic group Early Career Researcher Award
- was named a 2018 United Nations Young Leader for her advocacy to protect marine environments. The Young Leaders program recognises the potential of outstanding young people to help drive the success of UN Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.
- won the 2018 Studio B London Wonder Woman Award.
Dr Jean Baptiste Raina (ARC DECRA Fellow)
- won the 2016 Australian Academy of Science J.G. Russell Award for most talented young researcher in the basic sciences
- won the 2016 UTS Vice-Chancellor Award for Research Excellence in the category Early Career Research Excellence.
Dr Michele Fabris won the 2012 Noble Foundation Best Poster Presentation Award at the Banff Conference on Plant Metabolism in Canada.
Dr Peter Macreadie
- won the 2011 Australian Museum Eureka Prize People’s Choice Award in recognition of his work to raise awareness of the carbon storing potential of Australia’s coastal ecosystems.
- won the 2013 NSW Young Tall Poppy Science Award in recognition of his work in seagrass research and his passion and capacity to communicate science to the community.
John Moore won the UTS Career and Professional (CAP) Development Award. The UTS CAP Development Awards are given to high-performing support staff in recognition of their contributions to UTS.
Student Researcher Achievements
Arjun Verma won the 2016 William Macleay Microbial Award (Linnean Society of NSW) to support original research in an Australian context in the field of Microbiology.
Michaela Larsson won the 2015 William Macleay Microbial Award (Linnean Society of NSW) for best oral presentation at the 29th Australasian Society for Phycology and Aquatic Botany conference.
- was awarded the best student poster prize at the 2014 Joint Academic Microbiology Seminars (JAMS) annual symposium held at The Australian Museum. Her research into coral reef bacteria, and the mechanisms they use to establish associations with coral, is helping to answer important questions about the role bacteria play in coral reef ecosystems.
- won the 2013 Ron Kenny Premier Conference Award for best student oral presentation for her talk on chemotaxis in coral reef bacteria at the Australian Marine Sciences Association (AMSA) Golden Jubilee conference.
Alex Thomson won the 2014 Ron Kenny Premier Conference Award in the category Highly Commended Oral Presentation at the Australian Marine Sciences Association annual conference in Canberra.
- was awarded a 2014 Wentworth Group Science Program Scholarship.
- won the 2013 ATA Scientific Instruments Young Scientist Travel Award to travel to a wetland science conference in 2014 to present results of his current PhD research.
Jamie Bibiloni Isakkson was selected to participate in the 2013 Centre from Microbial Oceanography: Research Education summer workshop in Hawaii (1 of 16 students globally).
Daniel Wangpraseurt won the 2014 Danielle Simmons Research Award from the Australian Coral Reef Society in recognition of his innovative research in coral optics.
Jennifer Clark won the 2013 Provasalit Award (Journal of Phycology) for best paper –“landmark study” on marine algae.
Stacey Trevathan-Tackett was awarded the 2013 Fisheries Research Development Corporation Award, for the best poster presentation on natural resources, sustainability or industry development.
Isabel Jimenez-Denness won the 2009 UTS Chancellor’s Award for Best PhD Thesis.