Awards

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Applications for the following awards will open in November 2017:

The Genetics Society of AustralAsia MJD White Medal (awarded for excellence in genetics research)

The Genetics Society of AustralAsia Ross Crozier Medal (awarded to a mid-career researcher)

The Genetics Society of AustralAsia Alan Wilton Award (awarded to an early career researcher)

The D.G Catcheside Prize (awarded to the top doctoral student in the field of genetics)

The Genetics Society of AustralAsia Award for Excellence in Education

The Spencer Smith-White Travel Award (awarded to postgraduate members of GSA to attend the annual meeting)

The Mayo Prize for the best student presentation at the annual conference

The Sidney James Prize for the best student poster at the annual conference

2018 Genetics Society of AustralAsia Student Travel Awards (awarded to upper year undergraduate and Honours students to attend the GSA Conference)

 


​​MJD White Medal

This award was established in 2009 by the Genetics Society of AustralAsia to recognise outstanding contributions to the field of genetics research by Australasian scientists. The medal commemorates Michael White who proposed the formation of the Genetics Society of Australia in 1953. This award is intended to recognise excellence in genetic research and may be awarded for a lifetime’s contribution to genetic research or for work by a mid-career scientist either leading to a paradigm shift in genetics or for a large body of work that is recognised as of major significance in a specific field of genetics.

Venue of the award:
The medal is awarded to one scientist at the annual meeting of the Genetics Society of AustralAsia and is accepted by delivering the MJD White lecture at the meeting.

Nature of the award:
Where international travel from the normal place of work is required to attend the meeting, the Society may make a contribution to travel costs. 

Nominations:
Nominations should include a letter of support from the proposer, and the nominee's CV and a one page summary of their most significant contributions to the field. Nominations must be submitted by email by the closing date to Dr LeeAnn Rollins (Treasurer GSA) at GSAA.Awards@gmail.com with “MJD White Medal” in the subject line. A group comprising the President, Vice President and immediate Past President of the Society review the applications and select the recipient.

Past winners:

2017 Richard Frankham
2016 Elizabeth Dennis
2015 Phil Batterham
2014 John Bowman
2013 Not awarded
2012 Des Cooper
2011 David Smythe
2010 Michael J. Hynes
2009 Jenny A. M. Graves


​​Ross Crozier Medal

This award was established by the Genetics Society of AustralAsia to recognise outstanding contributions to the field of genetics research by mid-career Australasian scientists. The medal commemorates Ross Crozier, an Evolutionary Geneticist who was a past President and an avid lobbyist for the Society. The award is intended to assist the recipient in advancement of their career and will be awarded for work completed within the period five to 15 years from graduating with a PhD. Career interruptions will be taken into account in exercising the 15 year limit.

Venue of the award:
The award is normally made to one scientist at the Annual General Meeting of the Genetics Society of AustralAsia and is accepted by delivering the Ross Crozier Lecture at the meeting

Nature of the award:
Where international travel from the normal place of work is required to attend the meeting, the Society may make a contribution to travel costs.

Applications:
Applications should include the candidate's CV and a one page summary of the applicant’s most significant contributions to the field. Applications must be submitted by email by the closing date to Dr LeeAnn Rollins (Treasurer GSA) at GSAA.Awards@gmail.com with “Ross Crozier Medal” in the subject line. A group comprising the President, Vice President and immediate Past President of the Society review the applications and select the recipient.

Past winners:

2017 Peter Fineran
2016 Aleksandra Filipovska
2015 Melanie Bahlo
2014 Peter Dearden
2013 Katherine Belov
2012 Elizabeth McGraw
2011 Coral Warr

Alan Wilton Award​​

This award was established by the Genetics Society of AustralAsia in honour of the late Associate Professor Alan Wilton, to recognise outstanding contributions to the field of genetics research by Australasian scientists early in their career. The award is intended to assist the recipient in advancement of their career and will be awarded for work completed within five years of graduating as a PhD. Career interruptions will be taken into account in exercising this five year limit.

Venue of the award:
The award is normally made to one scientist at the annual meeting of the Genetics Society of AustralAsia and is accepted by delivering a lecture at the meeting.

Nature of the award:
The award comprises a certificate and free registration at the meeting. Where international travel from the normal place of work is required to attend the meeting, the Society may make a contribution to travel costs.

Applications:
Applications should include the candidate’s CV and a one page summary of their most significant contributions to the field. Applications must be submitted by email by the closing date to Dr LeeAnn Rollins (Treasurer GSA) at GSAA.Awards@gmail.com with “Wilton Award” in the subject line. A group comprising the President, Vice President and immediate Past President of the Society review the applications and select the recipient.

Past winners:

2017 Jemma Geoghegan
2016 Sambasivam Periyannan
2015 Catherine Grueber
2014 Katie Ayers
2013 Not awarded
2012 Ryan Garrick
2011 Simon Ho

​​D.G. Catcheside Prize

The D. G. Catcheside Prize has been established to honour the memory of the late Professor David Guthrie Catcheside (1907-1994) by recognizing the achievements of the top Australasian doctoral student in the field of Genetics. Professor Catcheside was an eminent geneticist who carried out research on mutation, cytogenetics, biochemical genetics and the genetics of recombination in plants and fungi. He was recruited from Cambridge University to spearhead a strategic plan to introduce fundamental genetics research into Australia. He established Australia's first Department of Genetics at the University of Adelaide in 1952. Professor Catcheside proposed that the Research School of Biological Sciences (RSBS) be established at the Australian National University and served as its first Director. Professor Catcheside was a founding member of the Australian Academy of Science and was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society (London). Professor Catcheside was renowned as an outstanding mentor of postgraduate students. Many of his former students now hold positions of leadership in the Australian and international Genetics research communities. This prize is a most fitting way to mark this legacy and to encourage excellence in postgraduate scholarship. The prize is made available by a generous bequest to the Genetics Society of AustralAsia from Professor Catcheside's family. A detailed description of the scientific contributions of Professor Catcheside can be found at the Australian Academy of Science website.

The prize will be awarded to one individual on an annual basis. The prize will be open to entrants whose doctoral thesis has passed examination in the calendar year of the submission of the application (ie 2017). A panel of three adjudicators will be responsible for selecting the prize winner.

The following rules shall apply:
1. The prize will be awarded for research that has led to the award of a doctoral degree by an Australasian university.
2. The doctoral research must be substantially in the field of Genetics. The adjudication panel retains the right to determine whether a particular thesis is in the field of Genetics. For the purposes of this prize 'Genetics' is defined as 'a discipline that uses inherited variation, either natural or induced, to solve biological problems.'
3. In reaching their decision the adjudicators will consider: A Supervisor's citation pertaining to the significance of the research (maximum length of two type written pages), and the Thesis Examiners' Reports. In exceptional cases where two applications are considered equal on the basis of the first two criteria, the thesis itself will be considered.
4. Membership of the Genetics Society of AustralAsia is not required and will not be one of the criteria considered by the adjudicators in selecting a prize winner. However, the prize winner will be offered the opportunity to present their doctoral research at the Genetics Society of AustralAsia Conference following the award.

The adjudicators reserve the right not to award the Prize in a given year.

Nature of the award:
The prize will be valued at $1000 plus one year's membership of GSA.

Applications:
The application must include:
A brief covering letter
A citation pertaining to the significance of the research (maximum length of two type written pages) from the doctoral supervisor. In the case of joint supervision only one citation should be submitted
Evidence that the thesis has been passed by an Australasian university in the calendar year 2017
The thesis examiners' reports

Applications must be submitted by email by the closing date to Dr LeeAnn Rollins (Treasurer GSA) at GSAA.Awards@gmail.com with “Catcheside Prize” in the subject line. Late applications will not be accepted under any circumstances.

Past winners:

2017 Katherine Harrisson
2016 Sebastián Duchêne
2015 Michaela Blyton
2014 Dong Wang
2013 Kynan Lawlor
2012 Camilla Whittington
2011 Catherine Grueber
2010 Anna Sheppard
2009 Timothy Hore
2008 Ryan Garrick
2007 Mark de Bruyn
2006 Marnie Blewitt
2005 Peter Papathanasiou
2004 W. Greg Somers

Genetics Society of AustralAsia Award for Excellence in Education

This award has been established by the Genetics Society of AustralAsia to recognise an individual who has made outstanding contributions to genetics education in AustralAsia. Candidates must be at least five years post the awarding of their PhD. Recipients will have promoted greater exposure to and deeper understanding of genetics through their achievements that address one or more of the following selection criteria:

- Approaches to teaching that influence, motivate and inspire students to learn

- Development of new courses or curricula that reflect a command of the field

- National leadership in education

- Public engagement and outreach

Venue of the award:

The award is normally made to one educator at the annual meeting of the Genetics Society of AustralAsia and is accepted by delivering a lecture at the meeting.

Nature of the award:
The award comprises a certificate and free registration at the meeting. Where international travel from the normal place of work is required to attend the meeting, the Society may make a contribution to travel costs.

Applications:

Applications should include the candidate's CV, a two page summary addressing one or more of the selection criteria, and a written reference from either the candidate’s Head of School or a senior genetics educator. Applications must be submitted by email by the closing date to Dr LeeAnn Rollins (Treasurer GSA) at GSAA.Awards@gmail.com with “GSA Education Award” in the subject line. A group comprising the President, Vice President and immediate Past President of the Society review the applications and select the recipient.

Past winners:

2017 Jaime Gongora
2016 Dawn Gleeson

Spencer Smith-White Travel Award

Spencer 'Spinny' Smith-White was a founding member of the Genetics Society of AustralAsia. Spinny was a Professor of Genetics at School of Biological Sciences at Sydney University. His work was in the field of cytogenetics. Spinny was a strong supporter of the Society and student participation in it. The Spencer Smith-White Travel Prize is granted annually to assist postgraduate student members of GSA to attend the annual conference.

The rules of the award are as follows:
1. The Prize is awarded annually
2. The GSA Committee will serve as the adjudication panel that awards the prize
3. The applicant must be a current financial member of the GSA when the application is lodged
4. The applicant must be a currently enrolled PhD candidate at the time of the GSA conference at which the application is lodged
5. Applicants must present their work at the GSA conference in the year that they apply. Both oral and poster presentations are acceptable. The presentation must substantially consist of the student's own work and the contribution of others must be clearly acknowledged.

Nature of the award:
The award comprises a certificate and free registration at the annual conference.

Applications must consist of:
A copy of the submitted abstract for the GSA Conference
A CV of no more than 2 pages
A one page summary of the applicant's research work
Written references (one page each) from two referees, sent directly to GSA as below. One of these referees should be the applicant's supervisor. 

The applicant will ensure that their application and the two written referees reports reach Dr Lee Ann Rollins (Treasurer GSA) at GSAA.Awards@gmail.com by the closing date with “Smith-White Travel Prize” in the subject line.

Previous winners:

2017 Isobel Ronai
2016 Joshua Penalba; Isobel Ronai
2015 Florencia Camus
2014 Chelsie Rohrscheib
2013 Not awarded
2012 Jennifer Morrow
2011 Shannon Smith
2010 Karensa McElroy
2009 Angelique Riepsamen
2008 Anna Sheppard
2007 Timothy Hore
2005 Melinda Pickup
2004 Julia Jones

The Mayo Prize for best student presentation

The prize is named for George and Jean Mayo, prominent Australian geneticists who were founding members of the first genetics department in Australia, at the University of Adelaide. Jean Mayo was also President of the Genetics Society of Australia from 1979-80.

The Mayo Prize is awarded annually for the best student presentation at each year's GSA conference.

The rules of the award are as follows:
1. The Prize is open to all students making an oral presentation at the annual conference
2. A judging panel nominated by each year's GSA conference committee will award the prize
3. An application is not required

Nature of the award:
The award comprises a certificate plus free registration to next year's annual GSA meeting. 

Previous winners:

2016 Nicky Rollings
2015 Nicky Rollings
2014 Isobel Ronai
2013 Ryan Catchpole
2012 Yee Lian Chew
2010 Shannon Smith
2009 Andrew Lloyd
2008 Camilla Whittington


The Sidney James Prize for best student poster

The prize is named for Sidney James, who was for many years the sole geneticist at UWA, working on plant population cytogenetics in the Botany School. Sid passed away in 1998. Several articles appeared later that summarise his important contributions to Australasian genetics (James 2000 Aust J Bot 48, 341-347;
Bussell et al., 2002 Evolution 56, 1296-1302).

The Sidney James Prize is awarded annually for the best student poster at each year's GSA conference.

The rules of the award are as follows:
1. The Prize is open to all students making a poster presentation at the annual conference
2. A judging panel nominated by each year's GSA conference committee will award the prize
3. An application is not required

Nature of the award:
The award comprises a certificate plus free registration to next year's annual GSA meeting.

Previous winners:

2016 Sally Mortlock


​​2018 GSA Undergraduate Travel Awards

Applications for GSA Student Travel Awards will be invited from science students completing their third year of undergraduate study, Honours, or equivalent Masters, at a tertiary institution. These awards provide the opportunity for upper year undergraduates to attend the annual GSA Conference. Further details about the conference, including programme and invited speakers, can be found on the conference website, to be launched soon.

Nature of the award:
Up to twenty awards are available to students attending the conference. Each award will include:

  • The full cost of student registration (including social events)
  • One ticket to the conference dinner
  • One year of GSA membership

Applications:

Students will need to make their own arrangements for travel and accommodation.

Applicants must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate degree and have completed at least one undergraduate course in Genetics. Students should submit their application as a single PDF to Dr LeeAnn Rollins (Treasurer GSA) at GSAA.Awards@gmail.com with “GSA Student Travel Award” in the title. Students should include in their application:

  • A copy of their academic record [it does not need to be certified]
  • An outline of their interests in the field of genetics, including their full contact details, both email, postal and mobile phone
  • The name and contact details of one academic referee
  • In addition, students should arrange for one letter or email of support from an academic from their institution who is a member of the GSA. The letter or email of support should be sent by the referee directly to Dr Rollins, and must be received by the closing date