Awards

The ASM NSW-ACT Branch offers several awards to recognise outstanding achievement, especially at the student and early-career level. Note that the ASM National Office also offers many awards in microbiology, and we suggest that you also check their website for details of these.

Early Career Awards

Postdoctoral, Early Career Microbiologist, and Early Career Microbiology Educator awards require the applicant to have been a member of the society for at least 12 months prior to making an application for the award. Details of these awards can be found at the links below. All applications should be made to the Branch Awards Coordinator Thiru Vanniasinkam.

Student Awards

The Undergraduate Microbiology award comes with a one-year ASM membership as part of the prize.

The ASM NSW-ACT Branch provides Summer Student Research Scholarships to eligible students to complete short term research projects in an eligible sponsor’s laboratory during the Summer vacation period. The scholarships are worth $1,500 each and include free ASM student membership for one year. The closing date for applications is 8 December 2023.

The Nancy Millis Student Award provides the opportunity for one student member from each ASM State Branch to attend and give an oral presentation at the ASM Annual Scientific Meeting. Please submit an abstract by 1 March 2024.

Previous Winners

Postdoctoral Award

2024

Kenya Fernandes, USYD

2023

Heema Vyas, USYD

Lachlan Dow, CSIRO

2020

Laurence Luu, UNSW

2017

Nural Cokcetin, UTS

2012

Christopher Harmer, USYD

2011

Sophie Octavia, UNSW

Early Career Microbiologist Award

Early Career Microbiology Educator Award

Undergraduate Microbiology Award

2023

Shane Elphick, CSU

Jenna Ireland, Emil Gabrielsson, and Kieran Lindsay, UTS

Prizes also awarded at UNE, MQ, WSU

2022

Prizes awarded at CSU, UNE, MQ, WSU

2021

Thi Than Tung Pham, CSU

Prizes also awarded at UNE, MQ, WSU

2020

Ashly Cox-Carroll, CSU

Nadia Katherine Saegenschnitter, UNE

Valeria Zak, WSU

Brodie Gillieatt, USYD

2017

Leigh Morrell, UNSW

Owen Watson, MQ

Stephanie Dunning, UNE

Hannah Roth, CSU

Sam El-Kamand, WSU

2015

Andrew Gia, USYD

Karen Winray, CSU

Toni Petronaitis, UNE

Summer Student Research Scholarship

2023

Sarah Anne McClelland Smith, USYD

2022

Callum Kay, ANU

Daniel Neville, UNSW

Tsung-Yu Pai, UTS

Lucy O’Shannessy, USYD

Nancy Millis Student Award / NSW-ACT Branch Student Travel Award

2024

Liam Tobin, UTS

Roisin Sullivan, USYD

2023

Catherine Dawson, UON

Brodie Gillieatt, USYD

2022

Joanna Rothwell, USYD

Shouya Feng, ANU

2021

Elizabeth Peterson, UTS

Winton Wu, UNSW

2019

Anukriti Mathur, ANU

Pappu Mandel

2018

Kenya Fernandes, USYD

Alison Luk, USYD

2017 

Riti Mann, UTS

Laurence Luu, UNSW

2016

Caitlin Abbottt, USYD

Shirin Ansari

2015

Amelia Hynen, UTS

Benjamin Raymond, UTS

2014

Robert Moran, USYD

Chris McKenzie, USYD

2013

Laura Nolan, UTS

Rita Rapa, UTS