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Prizes for Genetics

Genetics Top Achiever Prizes 

The 200 Level Prize in Genetics (informally the "Ronson Prize")

This prize was established in 2020 by University of Otago Genetics Mātai ira Governance Board to recognise excellence at 200 level. Professor Clive Ronson was the first Director of the Genetics Teaching Programme, and is based in the Microbiology department. The prize will be formally renamed upon his retirement.

The Ann Wylie Prizes (awarded for 300 and 400 level Genetics)

In 2005, the Board of Studies for Genetics established the Ann Wylie Prizes in Genetics to encourage excellence amongst students majoring in Genetics, the prizes are named in honour of Associate Professor Ann Wylie who established the first Genetics course at the University of Otago and are awarded to the top achieving students in 300 and 400 level genetics papers. A/Prof Ann Wylie was based in the Botany Department and was one of the members featured in the Royal Society's 150th anniversary celebration "150 in 150 words". 

Past winners of the 200 Level Prize in Genetics  

The Prize is awarded to the student(s) who demonstrate the best overall performance in GENE221, GENE222 and GENE223 in the one calendar year.

2020: Alexander van der Weerden

Past winners of the Ann Wylie Prize for 300 level Genetics

This prize is awarded to the student with the best overall performance in three or more GENE papers (excluding GENE 360) in the one calendar year at 300-level.

2005: Gabrielle Lockett and Ciska de Rijk
2006: Bianca Dobson
2007: Matthew Benton and Matthew McNeil
2008: Christa Murray
2009: Stephanie Kamp
2010: Eleanor Middleton, Justine Anderson and Rachel Chiaroni-Clarke
2011: Sarah Macindoe
2012: Louise Daley and Juliet Whittaker
2013: Alexander Salis
2014: Emily Bridson and Andrew Harris
2015: Shelby Taylor
2016: Bianca Stewart, Stephanie Workman and Cassie Stylianou
2017: Sarah Croft
2018: Janet Reid
2019: Jonika Edgecombe
2020: Emily Boyle

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Past winners of the Ann Wylie Prize for 400 level Genetics

This prize is awarded annually to the top performing Genetics Honours student(s). This is calculated based on the best overall performance in GENE 490, doubly weighted, GENE 411, GENE 412 and any one other 400-level Science paper.

2005: Lucy Ebden
2006: Gabrielle Lockett
2007: Bianca Dobson and Rosannah McCartney
2008: Matthew McNeil
2009: Julian Peat & Nathan Kenny
2010: Adam O’Neill
2011: Rachel Chiaroni-Clarke
2012: Steven Trask
2013: Bryony Leeke
2014: Olivia Tidswell
2015: Olivia Burns and Ruby White
2016: Ben Halliday
2017: Cassie Stylianou
2018: Marissa la Lec
2019: Jacqui Perkinson
2020: Kieran Redpath

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