Student Awards and Prizes

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SETAC AU Postgrad Research Publication Award

This is an Australasian Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry award that recognizes the publication of original research by higher degree research students. The students are recognised for being lead author on a peer-reviewed research manuscript published in an international journal. The purpose of the award is to encourage students to publish their research and to promote this research to the broader SETAC community. The research must have a significant impact (or potential impact) in the field.

Nominations should be emailed to the SETAC AU Secretary at by the 18th June.
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Receipt of this award acknowledges the high quality and impact of original research published by the postgraduate student, and the contribution of this research to the field of Environmental Toxicology and/or Chemistry.


Candidates may self-nominate, or can be nominated by their research supervisor(s). Nominations should include a one-page cover letter with a brief statement (<300 words) that includes an explanation of the student’s contribution to the work, the significance and innovation of the research, and impact or potential impact of the paper. The cover letter should also provide details of student SETAC membership, University enrolment status and supervisor contact details. A one page CV and a PDF copy of the paper should also be provided. Nominations should be received by the 18th June.


The winner will be invited to prepare a one-page research highlights segment for SETAC AU Endpoint to convey their research findings to the SETAC AU community. A certificate will be presented to the winner with a cash award of $500, ideally this presentation will occur at a SETAC AU regional meeting.


  • Must be a financial member of the SETAC AU as of the date of applying for the award.
  • The award is to be presented at the SETAC AU conference or a SETAC AU regional meeting to an enrolled higher degree research (HDR) student who in the opinion of the assessment panel has published the best research paper in the 12 months prior to the nomination closing date.
  • A paper can only be submitted once for this prize.
  • Full-time or part-time students may apply.
  • The student will have made the major contribution to the research paper, as indicated by being first author or equal first author (either directly by author order or by formal written acknowledgement by all other authors). If this is not the case an explanation should be included.
  • Eligible papers must be published (or in press with doi or proof of acceptance) in the 12 months prior to the nomination closing date in a peer-reviewed international journal.
  • The student must have been enrolled in a HDR degree for no more than 4 years for PhD or no more than 2.5 years for MSc (equivalent for part-time students).

If a student or research paper is nominated that does not meet one or more of the eligibility criteria, a further explanation (max 100 words) must be provided that makes a case to the assessment panel as to why an exception should be made.

Assessment criteria

Papers will be judged the SETAC AU council, with a minimum quorum of two members who may seek referees’ reports based on:

  1. Applicant’s contribution to the paper (as supported by co-authors)
  2. Innovation and originality of the research
  3. Scientific rigour
  4. Clarity of organisation and writing style

SETAC AU Thesis Prize

SETAC Australasia will offer up to two prizes for the best Honours, Postgraduate Diploma, Master degree or equivalent thesis submitted each calendar year. The research component of the degree must not exceed 12 months full time equivalent (FTE).

Nominations should be emailed to the SETAC AU Secretary at by the 18th of June.
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Selection is by a committee appointed by SETAC AU Council. Each Thesis Prize will be to the value of $500.

To be eligible for the 2018 Thesis Prize applicants need to fulfil all of the following criteria:

  • Be a current SETAC Australasia member or have applied to be a member prior to the nomination deadline;
  • Have submitted a thesis based on research conducted as part of an Honours, Postgraduate Diploma, Master or equivalent degree in the 2017 calendar year at an Australasian University (Australia, New Zealand or PNG);
  • Have achieved a grade of H1 or H2A (or equivalent) for the thesis;
  • Have a thesis topic in the environmental chemistry, ecotoxicology or related fields; and
  • Submit a CV, a letter of support from their supervisor and an electronic version of their thesis (all in pdf format– other formats such as Word files will not be accepted).

SETAC Asia Pacific Student Travel Award

This award is for students to attend the SETAC Asia Pacific biannual conferences held during even years. As SETAC AU conferences will be every odd year, the society wants to encourage student members to attend the Asia Pacific conferences during even years.

Five SETAC Asia Pacific Student Travel Awards will provide support for flights, accommodation and registration up to A$1,500 each to attend SETAC Asia-Pacific conference in Daegu, Korea.

The completed application form (click here to download the application form), together with a copy of the submitted conference abstract, should be sent to The closing date for applications is 18th June 2018, with successful applicants notified before early bird registration closes. Late nominations cannot be considered.

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Eligibility: the applicant must be a student member of SETAC AU and be the presenting author of an oral or poster presentation at SETAC AP 2018.

Applicants will be assessed on merit and the selection criteria include:
• Length of time as a member;
• Stage of completion of study and whether studying full time or part time;
• Availability of other sources of travel assistance.
• Quality of the submitted abstract