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Loraine Holley Essay Prize





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The purpose of the Prize is to encourage Science students to firstly consider imaginative application of their research to the benefit of people who are poor, marginalised, disenfranchised or a minority and secondly to creatively engage in the written communication of this application.

Please read the Conditions of Award for full details about this Prize.

Who is eligible?

To be eligibile for this prize, the Receipient must:

  • Be a current student enrolled in an award course in the Faculty of Science.
  • Submit a 1,000 word essay on the possible application of their research or project to benefit people who are poor, marginalised, disenfranchised or a minority.

To submit essays, students need to self-enrol. Here are the instructions:

  • Go to UTSOnline
  • Click on the Subject Catalogue tab at top left of screen.
  • Search for 'Holley' ... note spelling. The subject CSC110 Loraine Holley Prize should display in the results.
  • (this next bit is tricky) Hover your mouse arrow to the right of CSC110. A grey button with an arrow will appear.
  • Click on the grey button and select Enrol

That's it! You are now enrolled and can submit your essay following the instructions you see there.


Selection process

The Recipient will be selected based on the following criteria:

  • Students will submit an essay of approximately 1000 words which addresses the relevance of their research project to the lives of people who are a minority, poor, marginalised, or otherwise disenfranchised.
  • All submissions must include:
    • A cover page which is clearly marked with the name, student number and email of the author and the supervisor’s name.
    • A descriptive and catchy title.
    • A bibliography on a separate page for the key references.
  • The essay should be written in a manner suited to an audience of informed but non-specialist readers and it must communicate the key aspects of the research work, target group(s) and the issues faced, and how the research could benefit each target group. The target group(s) must be clearly identified, they being the peoples for whom the research results are most relevant. Appropriate citation of key references are required.
  • Authors are also encouraged to engage the reader towards a greater understanding of the relevance of the work to their own lives, either directly or as a consequence of their role in society and nature.
  • Successful candidates will demonstrate the following:
    • The ability to tell a compelling and meaningful story which engages readers towards a greater understanding of the key issues addressed by the research and the impacted groups.
    • Research presented in a manner so that an informed non-specialist reader can understand it and a person skilled in the area can attest its veracity.
    • Evidence of in-depth understanding of, and empathy with the target groups.
    • Creativity in story and form, but also plausibility in linking the research to significant issues faced by the target group.
    • High quality writing which is evidence-driven with correct academic citation of key references.

Need more information? Contact...

Dr Charles Cranfield. Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Science.