2019-20 Mike Smith Student Prize – submissions open

The Australian Academy of Science invites submissions for the Mike Smith Student Prize.

The Mike Smith Student Prize awards $3000 to an outstanding research essay addressing the history of Australian science or Australian environmental history.

Deadline:  9am AEDT Monday 17 January 2022

Criteria: The prize will be awarded for an essay based on original unpublished research undertaken whilst enrolled as a student (postgraduate or undergraduate) at any tertiary educational institution in the world.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 have published a virtual issue showcasing six previous essays awarded the Mike Smith Prize.

Past winners:  Historical Records of Australian Science have published a virtual issue showcasing six previous essays awarded the Mike Smith Prize.

Applications:  For more information about the application process please visit science.org.au/mike-smith-prize