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Awards and Prizes

There are six awards and prizes which are associated with the annual HERDSA conference.

1. Taylor and Francis Prize: Best Paper by a New Researcher

The purpose of the award is to foster original research by encouraging new and less experienced researchers. A prize of AUD$1000, sponsored by Taylor & Francis, publishers of the HERD journal, 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. The papers will be judged by the Executive Editor of HERD and/or members of the editorial team.

There is no application process. However when submitting their paper, authors of full papers should identify their eligibility for the award by completing a cover sheet provided by the event managers.

2. HERDSA Prize for Best Scholarly Paper

This award of AUD$1,000 and one year’s free membership to HERDSA, 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 Committee will judge.

3. HERDSA Prize for Best Paper Presentation by a Student

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. The winner receives a cash award from HERDSA of $450 and is usually presented at the closing ceremony of the conference.

There is no application process. Eligible student presenters will be identified by the awards convenor and members of the HERDSA Executive New Scholars portfolio will attend and judge the presentations.

4. HERDSA Prize for Best Poster

All posters are eligible for this prize of $300. 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.

Posters will be assessed by all conference delegates – on both the ability to visually communicate as well as on the academic content of the poster. Conference participants can vote using the conference mobile app which will work on any smartphone, tablet, or computer connected to the internet (a paper-based form will also be available).

The best poster prize will be awarded to the poster that receives the highest number of votes, with a runner-up prize to the second-highest poster.

5. HERDSA Travel Award for a Postgraduate Student

A travel award of up to $1,000 is available to provide support for a post-graduate student to attend and participate in the HERDSA conference. Preference will be given to applicants who

  • can demonstrate financial hardship (e.g. geographical location or other personal circumstances)
  • are able to attend the full conference
  • have a conference paper based on their research accepted for presentation
  • are the sole author of the paper rather than a joint author (if joint, indicate percentage contribution)
  • are willing to make a contribution to HERDSA News if asked
  • have had limited, or no, opportunities to attend similar conferences
  • have not previously received a HERDSA travel award.

To apply, attach a brief application letter to an email to office@herdsa.org.au that addresses all the criteria above. Attach to the application letter a supporting letter from the applicant’s research supervisor, including a statement indicating that the applicant complies with the criteria.

(Closing Date – 3 April 2017)

6. Edith Cowan University Prize For the Best Paper on an Authentic Learning Environment

The purpose of the Edith Cowan University Prize for the Best Paper on an Authentic Learning Environment 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.

7. Taylor & Francis HERDSA Conference Travel Grants

Taylor & Francis, the publishers of HERDSA’s journal Higher Education Research & Development (HERD) is a sponsor of the annual HERSDA conference. As part of that sponsorship, HERDSA is able to offer three travel grants of up to $500 per applicant to support HERDSA members attend the annual HERDSA conference.

For full details, view the application form and guidelines.

For further information about any of the awards and prizes, contact the HERDSA Office: office@herdsa.org.au.

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  • Key Dates
  • Call for Proposals Open 12 September 2016
  • Registration Opens 19 September 2016
  • Call for Refereed Paper Abstracts Closes 23 October 2016
  • Notification of Acceptance for Refereed Paper Abstracts 15 November 2016
  • Full Paper from Accepted Abstracts Due 6 February 2017
  • All Other Submission Types Due 20 February 2017
  • Notification of Acceptance for All Other Submission Types 3 April 2017
  • Early Bird Registration Closes 28 April 2017
  • Pre-Conference Workshops 27 June 2017
  • HERDSA 2017 Conference 28 – 30 June 2017