Awards and Prizes
Please see below details of the awards and prizes which are associated with the annual HERDSA conference this year.
1. Taylor and Francis Prize: Best Paper by a New Researcher
Applications are invited for this prize which will be presented at the HERDSA 2012 Conference. The purpose of the award is to foster original research by encouraging new and less experienced researchers. A prize of AUD$1000 will be awarded to the paper written by a new researcher (or researchers) which makes a significant contribution to research in the field of tertiary education.
Closing date: 20 February 2012
2. Edith Cowan University Authentic Learning Award
Applications are invited for the Edith Cowan University Authentic Learning Award which will be presented at the HERDSA 2012 conference. The purpose of the award is to promote the development of authentic learning environments in all facets of university teaching and learning, and to support the dissemination and publication of good practice associated with these environments.
An authentic learning environment can be described as one where activities represent the types of complex tasks performed by professionals in the field, rather than decontextualised or contrived activities. Students have access to supporting resources and engage in collaboration, articulation and reflection as they produce outcomes typical of quality performance.
The award will comprise a certificate and prize of $1000 and it will be awarded to the paper which in the opinion of a panel of judges makes a significant contribution to knowledge about authentic learning environments in higher education.
Closing date: 20 February 2012
3. The University of Sydney, Institute for Teaching and Learning (ITL) Creative Presentation Award
This award is open to all full refereed paper and showcase presentations and recognises and encourages excellence in the scholarly communication of knowledge in a conference presentation. The purpose of the award is to foster engaging and innovative presentations at the HERDSA conference.
The award was launched at the 2005 HERDSA Conference which aimed to create new spaces for conference participants to engage with presentations. The award recognizes that one of the ways in which this aim is achieved is through the ways in which conference papers are presented. This award encourages presenters to help achieve this aim and helps set a standard for future HERDSA conference presentations.
The award is open to all full refereed paper and showcase presentations. It is made based on the evaluation of the presentations by session chairs and three randomly selected session participants. The completed evaluations are considered by the conference Organising Committee and the prize is awarded by a representative of The University of Sydney’s Institute for Teaching and Learning at the closing session of the conference.
4. HERDSA Prize for Best Paper
This award of AUD$1000 is open to all papers accepted for presentation as a full refereed paper. Papers to be considered for this award will be nominated by reviewers which the HERDSA executive will then judge.
5. HERDSA Prize for Best Paper Presentation by a Student
Applications are invited for this prize ($300), which will be awarded at the annual HERDSA Conference. The purpose of the prize is to encourage students to disseminate their work at national and international higher education conferences. Applicants must be presenting a full refereed paper or showcase at the HERDSA conference in order to be eligible for this prize.
Presenters will be judged on their ability to effectively communicate as well as on the academic content of their presentation.
6. HERDSA Prize for Best Poster
All poster presentations are eligible for this prize ($300), which will be awarded at the annual HERDSA Conference. The purpose of the prize is to promote and recognise excellence in the ability to visually communicate ideas, findings or outcomes related to tertiary education.
Poster presenters will be judged both on their ability to visually communicate as well as on the academic content of their poster. Posters will be peer assessed by poster participants.
7. HERDSA Prize for People’s Choice of Poster
During the poster session, conference participants will be invited to vote on the poster they think deserves the prize for best poster (voucher). Conference participants can vote for their first choice by completing a voting slip and posting in the box provided.
8. HERDSA Travel Awards to attend the HERDSA Conference
Three awards of up to $1,000 are available to provide support for people to attend and participate in the annual conference of HERDSA. Preference will normally be given to people who:
- can demonstrate financial hardship (e.g. fulltime student, geographical location or other personal circumstances)
- are able to attend the full conference
- have submitted a conference paper based on their research
- are willing to make a contribution to the HERDSA Newsletter
- have had limited, or no, opportunities to attend similar conferences
- have not previously received a HERDSA travel award.
Applications should be sent to the HERDSA Office (firstname.lastname@example.org) addressing the above criteria.
Applicants will be considered on a case by case basis.