The call for nominations is currently closed
The call for submission is now closed. See below for the winning essays.
The next round of the Mike Smith Student Prize will be in 2023–24, with entries opening late in 2023.
9 am AEDT Monday 17 January 2022.
The prize will be awarded for an essay based on original unpublished research undertaken whilst enrolled as a student (postgraduate or undergraduate) at any tertiary educational institution in the world.
The essay should be 4000–8000 words in length (exclusive of endnotes). Essays must be written in English and fully documented following the style specified for the Australian Academy of Science’s journal, Historical Records of Australian Science.
Essays may deal with any aspect of the history of Australian science (including medicine and technology) or Australian environmental history. ‘Australia’ can include essays that focus on the Australian region, broadly defined, including Oceania. Essays that compare issues and subjects associated with Australia with those of other places also are welcomed.
The winning entry, if it is in a suitable subject area, may be considered for publication in Historical Records of Australian Science. Upon entering the competition, applicants agree that Historical Records of Australian Science is permitted the first right of refusal for the winning entry if it is deemed eligible for publication. Historical Records of Australian Science published a virtual issue in 2019 showcasing six previous essays awarded the Mike Smith Prize.
Cash prize of $3,000. Minor prizes may be awarded at the panel’s discretion.
Applications are to be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org by 9am AEDT Monday 17 January 2022. Materials to be submitted (in the following order):
Covering email, containing:
The judging panel will have three members:
The winner will be contacted by or e-mail and the prize will be presented and announced on the websites of the National Museum of Australia and the Australian Academy of Science in mid-2022.
Judges’ decisions are final. The judges retain the right to split the prize, or not to award a prize. The Academy and the National Museum of Australia are not able to enter into discussion or correspondence regarding the reasons why a submission is or is not successful. Upon entering the competition, applicants agree that Historical Records of Australian Science is permitted the first right of refusal for the winning entry if it is deemed eligible for publication.
For further information contact:
National Committees Office
Phone: 02 6201 9400
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