Plant Biology

Awards and prizes

The School of Plant Biology presents annual awards to high-achieving students.

These awards recognise excellence in learning and research, at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Prizes are generously supported by private donors.

W.E. Blackall Prize in Botany

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The Blackall prize in Botany was donated by the late Mrs E.G. Blackall along with her son Mr J.W. Blackall and daughter Mrs J. Hale in memory of the late Dr W.E. Blackall.

The prize is awarded to the student who, among those completing a major in Botany, has the highest weighted average in the units PLNT3301 Plant Physiological Ecology, ENVT3363 Ecological Processes and PLNT3306 Australian Vegetation completed in one calendar year.

2015 recipient: Hannah Etchells

Congratulations to Hannah Etchells who was awarded the W.E. Blackall Prize in Botany for 2015. The prize was awarded to Hannah at the Faculty of Science Prize-giving breakfast for achievements in 2016. Mr Bruce Blackall presented the award to Hannah on behalf of the Blackall family.

2014 recipient: Jacinta Foley

Congratulations to Jacinta who was awarded the W.E. Blackall Prize in Botany for 2014.

BMT Oceanica Consulting Marine Science Prize

This prize has been kindly donated by BMT Oceanica Consulting Pty Ltd to acknowledge academic achievement and encourage an interest in research in ocean geomorphology.

Awarded to the student who has completed a major in Marine Biology, Marine and Coastal Management or Marine Science with the highest course weighted average mark.

2015 recipient: Mariana Cruz

Congratulations to Mariana Cruz who was awarded the BMT Oceanica Consulting Marine Science Prize. This prize was kindly donated by BMT Oceanica Consulting.

2014 recipient: Kaela Slavik

Congratulations to Kaela who was awarded the BMT Oceanic Consulting Marine Science Prize as she had the highest course weighted average mark.

Maurice Buchan Johnson Prize in Botany

Mrs E.R.L. Johnson left a prize in her bequest in memory of her husband Dr Maurice Buchan Johnson. Professor Andrew Johnson is a Senior Honorary Research Fellow in the Centre for Microscopy, Characterisation and Analysis and is the son of Mrs E.R.L. Johnson. Professor Johnson recently made a generous donation to the prize fund.

This prize is awarded to the student who, among those completing a major in botany, achieves the highest mark in PLNT2204 Plant Diversity and Conservation.

2015 recipient: Carolyn Graham-Taylor

Congratulations to Carolyn who was awarded the Maurice Buchan Johnson Prize in Botany. The award was presented to Carolyn at the Faculty of Science Prize Awards breakfast.

 

Tegan Davies, winner of the 2014 Grieve Memorial Award

Grieve Memorial Travel Award

Family, friends, colleagues and benefactors have made donations to establish a fund to provide a travel award in the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences (which became part of the Faculty of Science in 2012) as a memorial to the late Professor Brian Grieve, a highly regarded botanist in the then Botany Department of The University of Western Australia. Professor Grieve is best known for his multi-volume book series 'How to Know Western Australian Wildflowers'.

2014 recipient: Tegan Davies

Ms Davies is in the final year of her PhD, under the supervision of Dr Pauline Grierson, Deputy Head of School (Research), School of Plant Biology. Ms Davies’ PhD research topic is 'Carbon dynamics in mangrove sediments of northern and Western Australia' 

Previous recipients

2010: Dr Mark Wallace

Mr Mark Wallace completed his PhD at UWA under the supervision of Professor Kingsley Dixon in 2015. Mr Wallace's research topic was 'Polyploidy and genetic diversity in the Lepidosperma costale species complex (Cyperaceae)'.

2008: Dr Foteini Kakulas
Dr Foteini Kakulas, winner of the 2008 Grieve Memorial Travel Award

Dr Foteini Kakulas (formerly Hassiotou) completed her PhD in Plant Biology at UWA in 2009. Shortly after this, she joined the Hartmann Human Lactation Research Group at UWA, and completed a second PhD on breastfeeding physiology, the cellular composition of breastmilk, and breast cancer. Dr Kakulas is now a Research Fellow at the UWA Hartmann group, directing the team looking at Cellular Biology.

 

Perth Zoo Prize for Conservation Research

This prize has been kindly donated by Perth Zoo to assist research which demonstrates conservation of threatened fauna, flora or Threatened Ecological Community, including a direct impact or application that will assist their conservation, recovery or management.

Awarded to the student whose research project demonstrates the best outcomes for the conservation of threatened fauna, flora or Threatened Ecological Community (TEC), including a direct impact or application that will assist their conservation, recovery or management, as nominated by the School of Animal Biology and School of Plant Biology.

2015 recipient: Dr Alison Ritchie

Congratulations to Alison who was awarded the Perth Zoo Prize for Conservation Research. The award was presented to Alison at the Faculty of Science Prize Awards breakfast.

2014 recipient: Adam Cross

Dr Nicolas Taylor, winner of the 2014 Robson Medal

Robson Medal

The Robson Medal is an award for early career researchers and is judged on a peer-reviewed paper published within the previous 12 months.

The medal acknowledges the significant contributions made by Emeritus Professor Alan Robson over his many decades at UWA and within the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences, now known as the Faculty of Science.

2014 recipient: Dr Nicolas Taylor

The 2014 Robson Medal was awarded to ARC Future Fellow Dr Nicolas Taylor, for Research Excellence in Agriculture and Related Areas.

Emeritus Professor Alan Robson himself presented the medal, at the Early Career Researchers Award Ceremony in March 2015.

Dr Taylor received the award for his paper,'Investigating the Role of Respiration in Plant Salinity Tolerance by Analyzing Mitochondrial Proteomes from Wheat and a Salinity-Tolerant Amphiploid' which was published in the Journal of Proteome Research in 2013.

2013 recipient: Dr Michael Perring

Dr Michael Perring receiving the Robson Medal for 2013.

The 2013 Robson Medal was awarded to Dr Michael Perring from the Ecosystem Restoration and Intervention Ecology Research Group within the School of Plant Biology. Michael's award was for the Ridgefield multiple ecosystem services experiment - 'Can restoration of former agricultural land achieve multiple outcomes?'

Congratulations Mike!

Laurence C.Snook Memorial Prize

This prize has been kindly donated by Mrs. Lorraine Emden-Snook in memory of her late husband, Dr Laurence Cecil Snook, a graduate of the University with a degree from the former Faculty of Agriculture.

Awarded to the student who, among those enrolled in a course in the Faculty of Science has the highest mark in SCIE1103, Science, Society and Communication.


2015 recipient: Marissa Wee

Congratulations to Marisa who was awarded the Laurence C. Snook Memorial Prize.   The award was presented to Marissa at the Faculty of Science Prize Awards breakfast.

2014 recipient: Hannah Etchells

Underwood Scholarship

Emeritus Professor Eric John Underwood (1905 – 1980) was a pioneering researcher in sheep nutrition and wool production from the 1930s who revolutionized primary industry.

Appointed in 1946, Professor Underwood was Hackett Professor of Agriculture, Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture, and Director of the Institute of Agriculture at The University of Western Australia.

Capital Investment Partners would like to recognize the achievements of Professor Underwood in the form of the Underwood PhD Scholarship, which has been established to assist final year PhD students in the field of applied practical agriculture towards the completion of their PhD thesis.

Scholarships will be awarded annually, up to the value of $10,000 each (pro-rata) for the final 6 months of PhD candidature.

2015 recipients: Eviness Nyalugwe and Chandima Hanchapola Appuhamilage

The recipients for 2015 were Eviness Nyalugwe and Chandima Hanchapola Appuhamilage, who met representatives from Capital Investment Partners at a morning tea on the UWA campus.

Wildflower Society of Western Australia Student Prize

This prize has been kindly donated by the Perth Branch of the Wildflower Society of Western Australia (Inc) to encourage research into Australian Native Plants.

Awarded to the student with the highest mark in the Level 4 Research Project in the fields of biology, ecology or horticulture of Australian native plants.

2015 recipient: Thomas Windsor

Congratulations to Thomas who was awarded the Wildflower Society of Western Australia Student Prize. Brian Moyle, President of the Perth Branch presented Thomas with the certificate at the Faculty of Science Prize Awards breakfast.

2014 recipient: Alyssa Weinstein

 

Congratulations to Alyssa who was awarded the Wildflower Society of Western Australia Student Prize as she had achieved the highest mark in her Level 4 Research Project.

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