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2013 National Museum of Australia Student Prize for History of Australian Science or Australian Environmental History

Deadline for Submission: 30 November 2012

The National Museum of Australia and the Australian Academy of Science through its National Committee for History and Philosophy of Science invite submissions for the 2013 biennial National Museum of Australia Student Prize for the History of Australian Science or Australian Environmental History.

First prize will be a certificate and $3000; other prizes may be awarded at the committee’s discretion.
The prize will be awarded for an essay based on original unpublished research undertaken whilst enrolled as a student (postgraduate or undergraduate) at any tertiary educational institution in the world.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 (see http://www.publish.csiro.au/media/client/HRnta.pdf for details).

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.

The judging panel will have three members:

  • Chair (or nominee), National Committee for History and Philosophy of Science (Chair of panel)
  • Editor (or nominee), Historical Records of Australian Science
  • Director of Research (or nominee), National Museum of Australia

In the e-mail covering your essay you should indicate:

  • full name
  • contact details (postal and email addresses and telephone number)
  • title of submission
  • university course (and year of course, if undergraduate)
  • student number
  • Your submission must be accompanied by a letter or email from your academic supervisor attesting that the essay meets the eligibility criterion set out above.

Please send your submission electronically in WORD or PDF format to Meaghan O’Brien, National Committees Officer, National Committee for the History and Philosophy of Science, Australian Academy of Science, [email protected]

Judges’ decisions are final. The judges retain the right to split the prize, or not to award a prize. The winner will be contacted by mail and/or email, and the prize will be presented and announced on the websites of the National Museum of Australia and the Australian Academy of Science in March 2013.