The following prizes are awarded by the School of Biological Sciences, to undergraduate students who have excelled in the respective disciplines.

Students do not nominate or apply for these prizes. Prizes are awarded based on academic merit.


The Gordon Grigg Prize in Vertebrate Zoology

This prize was established in 2007 by the School of Integrative Biology (now known as the School of Biological Sciences) to mark Professor Grigg’s retirement in August that year. The School initiated the prize to recognise Professor Grigg’s contribution to the Department of Zoology and the School of Integrative Biology and the advancement of research and teaching in zoology.

To qualify: Year 2 BSc students who have completed #6 of courses administered by the School of Biological Sciences
Criteria: Highest mark at first attempt in BIOL2204 Zoology
Value: $1000

The F.A. Perkins Prize in Entomology

This annual prize was established as a tribute to Frederick Athol Perkins, first lecturer in entomology (1926), first Head of the Department of Entomology (1952) and a founder of the Entomological Society of Queensland. Contributions to the fund were made on his retirement in 1965 by his past and present students, his entomological and University colleagues and other friends.

To qualify: Year 2 BSc students who have completed #6 of courses administered by the School of Biological Sciences
Criteria: Highest mark at first attempt in BIOL2205 Insect Science
Value: $1000

The D.A. Herbert Prize in Botany

This annual prize is in memory of D.A. Herbert who was the first Professor of Botany at UQ. He was appointed as a lecturer in the Department of Biology in 1924, was promoted to Associate Professor in 1946 and then to Professor in 1948. He retired in 1965 and was Emeritus Professor 1966. He died in 1976, at the age of 78.

To qualify: Year 2 BSc students who have completed #6 of courses administered by the School of Biological Sciences
Criteria: Highest mark at first attempt in BIOL2203 Plant Biology
Value: $1000

The Jiro Kikkawa Prize in Ecology

This prize was established in 2012 by the School of Biological Sciences to honour the work of Professor Jiro Kikkawa who joined the University of Queensland in 1965 as Senior Lecturer. Professor Kikkawa was Head of School, Zoology from 1980 through 1987 and retired in 1996 as Emeritus Professor. The School initiated the prize to recognise Professor Kikkawa’s contribution to the fields of Population Ecology, Ethology, Community Energetics, Animal Behaviour and Ornithology.

To qualify: Year 2 BSc students who have completed #6 of courses administered by the School of Biological Sciences
Criteria: Highest mark at first attempt in BIOL2010 Ecology
Value: $1000

The School of Biological Sciences Prize in Evolution

This prize was established by the School of Biological Science in 2012 from a generous bequest from the estate of Mr John Patrick Salisbury to support the purposes, activities and endeavours of the School of Biological Sciences.

To qualify: Year 2 BSc students who have completed #6 of courses administered by the School of Biological Sciences
Criteria: Highest mark at first attempt in BIOL2201 Evolution
Value: $1000

The School of Biological Sciences Prize in Genetics

This prize was established by the School of Biological Science in 2012 from a generous bequest from the estate of Mr John Patrick Salisbury to support the purposes, activities and endeavours of the School of Biological Sciences.

To qualify: Year 2 BSc students who have completed #6 of courses administered by the School of Biological Sciences
Criteria: Highest mark at first attempt in BIOL2202 Genetics
Value: $1000

The Goodman Foundation Marine Science Prize

This prize was established by the School of Biological Science in 2012 from a generous bequest from the estate of Mr John Patrick Salisbury to support the purposes, activities and endeavours of the School of Biological Sciences. The Prize was named to recognise the on-going generous support of the Goodman Foundation towards marine research in the School.

To qualify: Year 2 BSc students who have completed #6 of courses administered by the School of Biological Sciences
Criteria: Highest mark at first attempt in MARS2014 Marine Science
Value: $1000

The F.R. & A.E. Veitch Prize

This prize is offered in odd-numbered years and is in memory of  Robert Veitch and his wife, Alice Esmee. Veitch was appointed chief entomologist with the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Stock, Brisbane in 1925. He oversaw the expansion and decentralization of entomological research in Queensland. Contributing thirty-six articles on agricultural pest control to the Queensland Agricultural Journal between 1926 and 1941, he also produced three handbooks. With J. H. Simmonds he wrote Pests and Diseases of Queensland Fruit and Vegetables (1929). He was a fellow of the Royal Entomological Society of London, and of the Linnean Society of New South Wales, and was active in Brisbane scientific societies, serving as president of the Entomological Society of Queensland (1932) and the Royal Society of Queensland (1935-36). He was founding vice-president (1935), and president (1936), of the Queensland branch of the Australian Institute of Agricultural Science. Officially sponsored consultations in 1936 between Veitch and Professor E. J. Goddard led to the establishment of the division of plant industry (research) within the department. With Veitch as director, the division's activities expanded to include advisory and regulatory services. In 1947 he was appointed assistant under-secretary (technical). Veitch officially retired at the end of 1956.

To qualify: Students studying in the Faculty of Science
Criteria: Greatest Proficiency in first-attempt at level 2 Entomology courses
Value: $270

The Thomas Morrow Prize

Thomas Morrow (1841-1920) arrived in Queensland, from Ireland, in 1863. In 1900 he establishing Morrows Ltd which was a biscuit factory. He was active in local authority matters and was the first Chairman of the Taringa Divisional Board (now Taringa Shire Council). He was also a member of the city council board for two years. He was a keenly interested in education and established the essay prize at UQ.

The award of the prize is rotated among three fields: Australian Literature, Australian Exploration and History or Scientific Inquiry in Australia.

For more information please contact the Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology, (Phone: 3365 4777) or the Faculty of Science (Phone: 3365 1888).

Applications should be forwarded to:
"Confidential"
Mrs Gail Smith
Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology
Hawken Engineering Building
For enquiries please email Mrs Gail Smith

To qualify: Any student
Criteria: Awarded to an undergraduate who, as part of a course of study, writes the best essay on a topic in the field of scientific inquiry in Australia. Well-presented honours theses will be considered.
Value: $440

The School of Biological Honours Prize

 (Established by the School of Biological Sciences in 2012 from a generous bequest from the estate of Mr John Patrick Salisbury to support the purpose, activities and endeavours of the School of Biological Sciences).

To qualify: Bachelor of Science Honours student enrolled through the School of Biological Sciences
Criteria: Highest overall percentage mark for students completing their honours program in Semester 1 and highest overall percentage mark for students completing their honours program in Semester 2
Value: $3000 for each semester's prize

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