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Prizes in Politics

Didem Yaman Memorial Prize for Best MA Thesis

This prize honours the memory of Didem Yaman who died in the February 2011 Christchurch earthquake, about four months short of completing her PhD thesis in Politics.
The prize is awarded to the student with the best MA thesis result in Politics in a particular year.

Past Winners:

Amee Parker (2016)
Ben Loughrey-Webb (2015)
Nicolas Pirsoul (2014)
Juana Diesing (2013)

William Kennedy Prizes in Politics

There are three prizes on offer for students with Politics as their major (applications are not required):

• William Kennedy Prize for Best 300-level Student in Politics
• William Kennedy Prize for Best 300-level Māori Student in Politics
• William Kennedy Prize for Best POLS590 Research Dissertation

Mr William Kennedy was a prominent citizen of Dunedin in the late 19th century, and his granddaughter made a bequest in his name to promote the study of Politics and International Relations at the University of Otago.

William Kennedy prizes in politics

2016

Peter Grace - Best 300-level student in Politics
Toby Burnett - Best 300-level Māori student in Politics

2015

Oliver Hailes - Best 300-level student in Politics
Tessa Vincent - Best 300-level Māori student in Politics
Alice Sowry - Best 400-level dissertation in Politics

2014

Bryn Jones - Best 300-level student in Politics
Samuel Henry - Best 300-level Māori student in Politics
Rebecca Barton - Best 400-level dissertation in Politics

2013

Guy Jones - Best 300-level student in Politics
Mel Jagusch - Best 300-level Māori student in Politics
Ben Abraham - Best 400-level dissertation in Politics (joint)
Veena Patel - Best 400-level dissertation in Politics (joint)

2012

Danielle Duffield - Best 300-level student in Politics (joint)
Matthew Stansfield- Best 300-level student in Politics (joint)
Griffin Leonard - Best 300-level Māori student in Politics
Sam McChesney- Best 400-level dissertation in Politics

2011

Caroline Leeming - Best 300-level student in Politics (joint)
Susanna Miller - Best 300-level student in Politics (joint)
Olivia Kitson - Best 300-level Māori student in Politics
Samual Harris - Best 400-level dissertation in Politics