2017 Research Excellence Awards: Entries close soon


A reminder that applications and nominations for this year’s prestigious Macquarie University Research Excellence Awards close Tuesday 20 June.

The awards recognise the important and pioneering research undertaken at Macquarie, across a broad spectrum of activity and disciplines, and reward staff and postgraduate research students for their outstanding work.

Department of Cognitive Science Professor, Amanda Barnier says winning the 2014 Jim Piper Award for Excellence in Research Leadership felt like a wonderful endorsement of her approach to research.

“I’ve worked in somewhat left of centre areas — hypnosis, delusions, collective memory — building two distinct interdisciplinary teams,” Professor Barnier says.

“Looking across the terrific researchers nominated for this award over the years and their different trajectories, it gives a strong message that Macquarie values different kinds of approaches to research and leadership.

“The recognition of the Jim Piper Award gave me more confidence to consider how I could put my leadership skills to work beyond my particular team, discipline and department, and to address broader research and other challenges across the University.

“For instance, recently I became the Deputy Chair of Academic Senate’s Research and Research Training Committee where I proposed, and am leading, an analysis of cross-disciplinary research at Macquarie. The Jim Piper Award gave me the confidence to take these new steps.”

Professor Barnier says there are many important reasons to apply for the awards.

“It is worth applying if only to have the chance to take stock and appreciate your genuine achievements,” she says.

“As researchers, we often worry about what we haven’t done, what we haven’t yet published, that our ‘numbers’ are not quite enough.

“But researchers and research leaders I know contribute so much in so many domains and often don’t appreciate how much they do and how much it matters to those around them.

“The research awards are a chance to get your due recognition!”

The 2017 award categories

  • The Jim Piper Award for Excellence in Research Leadership  recognises, encourages and rewards those researchers who are on a path to becoming research leaders at Macquarie.
  • The Excellence in Research: Five Future-shaping Research Priorities recognises excellence in scholarly research, the creation and application of research outcomes, the discovery of new knowledge or the use of existing knowledge in a new and creative way to generate new concepts, methodologies and understanding. One award will be allocated per priority.
  • The Excellence in Higher Degree Research Supervision award recognises our outstanding Higher Degree Research (HDR) supervisors who enable our HDR candidates to achieve their highest potential.
  • The Early Career Researcher award recognises outstanding performance in research by an early career researcher who is within five years post-completion (formal award) of their PhD or MPhil degree.
  • The Excellence in Higher Degree Research award recognises outstanding research undertaken by a current or former higher degree research candidate. The research activity can be in any field and must have been developed at Macquarie in the past four years.

For more information, follow the link, http://www.mq.edu.au/research-impact/research-awards/, or  contact Dr Erin Semon – erin.semon@mq.edu.au or x6847 – in the office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research).





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