GRANTS AND AWARDS

Recognising excellence in Palaeontology

ROBERT ETHERIDGE JR MEDAL

The Robert Etheridge Jr Medal aims to recognise a researcher’s lifetime contribution to Australasian palaeontology and will be awarded by the AAP Executive Committee.

Conditions and criteria:

  • Only members of AAP are eligible for this award.

  • To be eligible, a member must be nominated by another member of AAP.

  • Nominees must have made an outstanding lifetime contribution to Australasian palaeontology.

  • The award may be made annually or biennially to one or more nominee (at the discretion of the AAP committee, but with no more than 4 awards in a 4-year committee term).

  • Criteria for judging the award will include the number and quality of publications, research communication (including to the public), and contributions to student education.

Recipients

This medal was established in 2015, and awarded for the first time during the Palaeo Down Under 2 conference in Adelaide in July 2016.

2016 - Prof Bruce Runnegar
2018 - Dr Thomas Rich
2019 - Dr Kath Grey

2020 - Prof John Talent and Prof Barry Webby

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MARY WADE PRIZE

The Mary Wade Prize will be awarded biennially by the AAP Executive Committee for the best paper(s) published in the previous two years in a peer-reviewed AAP publication (currently, Alcheringa and Australasian Palaeontological Memoirs) by an early career researcher as sole or first author. The Mary Wade Prize comes with a monetary award of AU$1,000.

Conditions and criteria:

  • ‘Early career’ is defined as any Tertiary student, or any researcher who has graduated less than five years previously at the time of submission of the paper.

  • Only Australasian studies or investigations utilising predominantly Australasian material are eligible.

Recipients

This prize was established in 2015, and awarded for the first time during the Palaeo Down Under 2 conference held in Adelaide in July 2016.

2016 - Dr Chris Mays
2018 - Dr Stephen Poropat

2020 - Dr Peter Bishop

AAP DOROTHY HILL AWARD

The AAP Dorothy Hill Award aims to reward the best research paper within a calendar year and will be awarded by the AAP Executive Committee at the beginning of the following year. The AAP Dorothy Hill Award comes with a monetary award of AU$1,000.  

Conditions and criteria

  • Only members of AAP are eligible for this award.

  • To be eligible, a member must publish a paper on Australasian Palaeontology and then submit it to the AAP committee.

  • The member must be the lead author on the paper and must be a ‘middle career researcher’ (between 6 years after graduation and retirement)

  • Only the lead author will receive the award, as the team leader and member of AAP.

  • Criteria for judging the award will include the quality of the research (supported by strong empirical data), and how ground-breaking the research is (has it changed our current understanding).


How to apply

A member can self-nominate by sending their own research paper by email at any time to the AAP Executive Committee. Members can nominate other members by following the same procedure. The paper must have been published either in electronic or paper form within that calendar year.

For submissions and more information, please contact: Kenny.Travouillon@museum.wa.gov.au

Recipients

2019 - Dr Chris Mays

 

AAP STUDENT TRAVEL AWARD

The AAP Student Travel Award aims to help a student member of AAP attend a conference of their choosing to present their research as a talk or a poster presentation.  

Conditions and criteria:

  • Only student members of AAP are eligible for this award.

  • To be eligible, a student member must submit the application form by email to the AAP committee.

  • Student members must designate which conference they want to travel to, and it must be a conference within a year from the cut-off date.

  • The award, given annually to one student member, is up to AU$1,000.

  • Criteria for judging the award will be on the quality of the abstract submitted to the committee and the distance the student travels to attend the conference.

  • The recipient of the AAP Student Travel Award will be requested to submit a video of their conference presentation, or a picture of their poster, to be uploaded to AAP social media.

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