Do you know a student who makes their research center a better place for everybody? Why not nominate them for our inaugural PGC Research Student Awards!

Awards will be presented at a reception to be held on 31 October 2017, stay updated on Facebook for the event!

Congratulations to the following 2016 Research Students

2016 Outstanding Research Student award

Amy Hooper, Kobe Martin, Nina Schaefer, Teagan Gale, Tom Summers

Jasneet Parmar

Benjamin Walker

2016 Research Student award

Maryam Alavi-Nia
Shashidhar Nizalapur
Sameera Ansari
Sofia Bartlett
James Christian
Kam Chun Ho
Amy Hooper, Kobe Martin, Nina Schaefer, Teagan Gale, Tom Summers
Jingyi Huang
Zoe Hungerford
Mehran Kashi
Takuya Kojima
Lise Lafferty
Mathew Lipson
Stephen McGuinness, Sophie Adams
Sarah Mulholland
Jasneet Parmar
Benjamin Walker
Sharon Young
Chuan Yu


The best part of a research degree is the people you meet along the way. Having a supportive, inclusive, and welcoming student in your cohort can be the difference between a lonely, isolated PhD and an enriching experience you will look back on with pride. Following on the success of our Supervisor Awards, since 2016 with their fifth year, the PGC has established the Research Student Awards to recognise HDR candidates who create a lively research environment and supportive social atmosphere among the student cohort of their School or Centre.

Nominations open on the 4th of September. Awards will be presented at a reception to be held on 31 October 2017, and winners will additionally be featured in the GRS Newsletter.


  • Any current HDR candidate at UNSW, including those who have submitted their thesis but not yet been awarded their degree, may be nominated.
  • Each student must be nominated by a UNSW student or staff member, and seconded by at least one other student or staff member.
  • Self-nominations are allowed; however, self-nominees must obtain a letter of support from a relevant staff member, such as their Postgraduate Coordinator or Head of School, and email this letter to before the closing date of nominations (29 September). Such letters of support are strongly encouraged for all nominations, but are only required in the case of self-nomination.


Nominations will be judged by this year's PGC. Since the PGC is composed of postgraduate students, it is important to consider conflict of interest if a member of the PGC personally knows one of the student nominees. In that case, the PGC member will abstain from judging the given nominee. Scores given by the other PGC members for that nominee will then be weighted appropriately.

Nomination Form

Nominations close on 29 September 2017. Please email with any submission inquiries or difficulties, or to attach any supplementary material that you feel is relevant to the nomination.

PGC General Enquiries

PGC Research Officer

Marzieh Monfared