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2017 Divisional Awards

About the 2017 Awards of Excellence

2017 Awards imageThe Division of Sciences held its third Awards celebration on Friday 24 November 2017 with a suite of awards acknowledging the excellent work done in many different areas of university life and work: research, teaching, community engagement, technical and administrative support.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Harlene Hayne presented Award recipients with beautiful sculptures of art, created by Anne Ryan from the Glassblowing Unit, in the shape of a bacterial virus, and attached to handcrafted rimu, recycled from the Department of Chemistry.

Congratulations to all nominees for 2017, and in particular, recipients of each award.

Research awards

Jamin Halberstadt 2017 divisional award imageResearcher of the Year

The Researcher of the Year Award recognises outstanding research performance by a Principal Investigator within the Division of Sciences.

2017 Recipient: Professor Jamin Halberstadt (Psychology)


Bill Hawkins - Lyall Hanton 2017 Divisional AwardEarly-Career Researcher of the Year

The Early-Career Researcher of the Year Award recognises outstanding research performance by an emerging researcher within the Division of Sciences. Academic staff (e.g. Lecturers, Research Fellows) who have held an appointment for a period of at least two years, and who have held an academic appointment for less than a combined total of six years at this and other universities, are eligible for this Award.

2017 Recipient: Dr Bill Hawkins (Chemistry) – award accepted by Lyall Hanton


Keith Gordon RG  - Jonathan Barnsley Divisional Award Image 2017Research Group of the Year

The Researcher Group of the Year Award recognises outstanding performance by a collaborative research team within the Division of Sciences.

2017 Recipient: Keith Gordon Research Group (Chemistry) – award accepted by Jonathan Barnsley


Nic Rawlence 2017 Sciences Divisional Award ImageBest Research Paper - academic staff

The Best Research Paper Award recognises outstanding scholarship associated with a single research paper led by an Academic staff member within the Division of Sciences.

2017 Recipient: Dr Nic Rawlence (Zoology)


Milena Horvath Divisional Sciences Award - Bianca Sawyer 2017Best Research Paper - postgraduate student

The Best Research Paper Award recognises outstanding scholarship associated with a single research paper by a postgraduate student within the Division of Sciences.

2017 Recipient: Milena Horvath (Physics) – award accepted by Bianca Sawyer


Engagement awards

Eng Wui Tan 2017 Sciences divisional awardIndustry Links Award

The Industry Links Award recognises outstanding commercialisation outcomes of a researcher’s invention and/or exceptional R&D collaborations between a researcher and Industry. Any research staff in the Division of Sciences whose invention was made at the University of Otago and commercialised may be eligible. Selection will be made on the basis of the nominal value of the commercialisation or R&D project and its likely impact on society (e.g., number of people affected by the invention).

2017 Recipient: Dr Eng Wui Tan (Chemistry)


Damian Scarf - Mike Colombo 2017 Sciences Divisional AwardCommunity Engagement Award - academic staff

The Community Engagement Award gives recognition to engagement with and service to the general public, whether locally, nationally or internationally.

Any academic staff member in the Division of Sciences who has met the research and teaching performance expectations, but excelled beyond expectation in the area of community engagement may be nominated for this Award.

Engagement recognition will focus on initiative and impact of community.

2017 Recipient – Dr Damian Scarf (Psychology) – award accepted by Mike Colombo


Sean Hogan 2017 Divisional Award ImageCommunity Engagement Award - general staff

The Community Engagement Award gives recognition to engagement with and service to the general public, whether locally, nationally or internationally. Any general staff member in the Division of Sciences who has excelled beyond expectation in the area of community engagement may be nominated for this Award. Engagement recognition will focus on leadership, initiative and impact of community engagement.

2017 Recipient: Sean Hogan (Pscychology)


Teaching awards

Jackie Hunter 2017 Sciences Divisional AwardsSenior Teacher of the Year

The Senior Teacher of the Year Award recognises sustained outstanding tertiary teaching by a staff member within the Division of Sciences. Recognition will focus on demonstrated commitment and creativity in the delivery of high-quality teaching that engages students and results in exceptional learning experiences.
Academic staff members who have held an appointment for a period of more than six years at this and other universities are eligible for this Award.

2017 Recipient: Associate Professor Jackie Hunter (Psychology)


James Scott - James White 2017 Divisional Award ImageEarly-Career Teacher of the Year

This award recognises outstanding tertiary teaching by an emerging teacher within the Division of Sciences. Recognition will focus on distinction in the delivery of high-quality teaching that engages students and results in exceptional learning experiences.

Academic staff members who have held an appointment for a period of at least two years, and who have held an academic appointment for less than a combined total of six years at this and other universities, are eligible for this Award

2017 Recipient: Dr James Scott (Geology) accepted by James White


Dr Anne-Marie Jackson, Dr Huaiti Hakopa and postgrad students 2017 Divisional Award ImageInnovation in Māori or Pacific Islands Course Content

This award recognises new initiatives to include Māori and Pacific content in a sustained way in the teaching of sciences.
Any member of teaching staff within the Division of Sciences, including Teaching fellows, Professional Practice Fellows and postgraduate students involved in teaching blocks of courses, is eligible for this award.

Recipients for 2017 – Dr Anne-Marie Jackson, Dr Huaiti Hakopa and postgraduate students from Te Koronga (PESES)


Support staff

Jeremy Anderson 2017 Divisional Award imageOutstanding Technical Support Award

This Award recognises technical staff members who have made an outstanding contribution to the Division of Sciences. Criteria for selection centre around workmanship, and both aptitude and attitude of the staff member.

Any member of general staff in the Division of Sciences who holds an appointment to provide technical support for the Division or one of its Departments is eligible for the Award.

2017 Recipient: Jeremy Anderson (Psychology)


Louise Freeman 2017 Divisional Award ImageOutstanding Administrative Support Award

This award recognises administrative staff whose work has made an outstanding contribution to the smooth running of teaching, research and Divisional business. Criteria will focus on sustained excellence, innovation and initiative.

The Award is available to anyone working as a general staff member for .5 FTE or higher.

2017 Recipient: Louise Freeman (Food Science)


Michelle Moss 2017 Divisional Award ImageOutstanding Student Support Award - advising and mentoring

This award recognises the work of any staff member within the Division of Sciences – academic or general staff – who has provided exceptional student advice and support throughout the year.

2017 Recipient – Michelle Moss (Psychology)


Keith Hunter 2017 Divisional Award ImageSpecial Award for Distinguished Service

Professor Keith Hunter (Chemistry)


2016 Division of Sciences Excellence awards