Awards and achievements

01/08/2023 | 2 mins

The University of Western Australia has a continual roll call of awards, scholarships and prizes presented to staff and students.

To recognise these achievements, an article is published on the UWA news page on the website and in UWA Forward on the first week of every month. If you know of great awards or achievements across the University please email [email protected]

Name: Rosangela Tenorio
Achievement: Associate Professor Rosangela Tenorio, from UWA DEsign School, won multiple awards at the prestigious A’Design Awards 2023 in Italy, through her UWA-based Bio-Based Materials Design Lab. The awards included a Bronze for the Uma Chair (with co-designers Adjunct Senior Lecturer Jairo da Costa and UWA alumni David Morgan Carr), Bronze for her Buka Panels and Bronze for the YBY playkit (with co-designer UWA alumni Debaprana Sarkar).

Name: Kelsey Pool
Achievement:  Research Associate Kelsey Pool from UWA's School of Agriculture and Environment Kelsey is one of 12 early career researchers and up-and-coming science communicators selected to compete in the FameLab Australia 2023 Final in Perth on 21 September 2023. FameLab is the world’s leading public-facing science communication competition and training program, recognised as a powerful means to identifying and nurturing new voices in science. All finalists will receive masterclass training and join an immersive science communication workshop hosted by the Forrest Research Foundation before competing in the final, which will be held live on stage at WA Museum Boola Bardip’s Hackett Hall. Tickets go on sale in August.

Name: Parwinder Kaur
Achievement: Associate Professor Parwinder Kaur, from UWA’s School of Agriculture and Environment, won the Australian Sikh Woman of the Year award. The award recognises her substantial contributions to scientific research in Australia. An initiative of Sikh Youth Australia and Young Sikh Professionals Network, the Australian Sikh Awards for Excellence appreciate the positive contributions made by Punjabi Sikhs to the broader Australian community.

Name: Michaela Lucas
Achievement: Professor Michaela Lucas, from UWA Medical School, was awarded the Ian McKenzie Award for Outstanding Contribution in Transplantation from the Transplantation Society of Australia and New Zealand at their Annual Scientific Meeting in Brisbane in June. The award recognises researchers who have demonstrated excellence and exceptional contribution in the field of transplantation, with preference given to applicants who are within 10 years of embarking on their own research program either in the field of basic science, clinical research or both.

Name: Phil Dight
Achievement: Professor Phil Dight, from UWA’s School of Engineering, is a Mineral Research Institute of Western Australia Science Communication Award finalist.  Professor Dight was nominated for his research in rock properties to predict rockburst vulnerability in three dimensions (Strainburst). The awards recognise WA researchers who are using their knowledge to solve real-world problems, providing social, economic and environmental benefit nationally and internationally. Winners will be announced on August 29 at the Advancing Net Zero Mining WA Conference. 

Congratulations UWA staff and students.

Image above: Professor Michaela Lucas, Associate Professor Rosangela Tenorio's chairs and Associate Professor Parwinder Kaur

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