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2016 Awards Ceremony

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Convocation Travel Awards presented to talented UWA researchers.

2016 Awards Ceremony

Convocation Postgraduate Research Travel Awards Ceremony 2016

On 24 August 2016, six talented postgraduate students at The University of Western Australia were presented with travel awards to further their research at a special ceremony on the UWA campus. The Convocation Postgraduate Research Travel Awards (PGRTA), which enable postgraduate research students to enhance, and to gain new perspectives on, their work through travel in Australia or overseas, were established by Convocation to mark the 75th Anniversary of UWA in 1988.

"Since Convocation has been presenting these Awards, close to $450,000 has been distributed to UWA postgraduate researchers for interstate or overseas travel," according to the Convenor of the Awards Committee, Nee Nee Ong.

"In 2012 alone, PGRTA winners travelled close to a combined 250,000 kilometres, visiting the USA, Fiji, Sweden, Germany, Slovakia, UK, South Aftica and within Australia."

"We were pleased to see that for the 2016 Awards the field had increased considerably from last year, indicating growing interest from UWA's postgraduate research community.


The impact of post graduate research travel awards in opening  up the future for students both internationally and nationally cannot not be underestimated, according to the Warden of Convocation Adjunct Professor Warren Kerr AM.

Professor Kerr, Warden of UWA Convocation, was speaking at the 2016 University of Western Australia Convocation Postgraduate Research Travel Awards ceremony.

The sky is the limit, as demonstrated by the experience of Mr Stephen Andrews 2015 recipient whose experience in travelling to Heidelberg Germany, Cambridge England and the University of St Andrews Scotland for three months study. Unfortunately for our universe the future is rather dull. “Our Universe will continue to fade away for ever,” Stephen predicted.

One cannot fail to be impressed with the intellectual talent and commitment of the many students undertaking high level research across all sectors of the community within Western Australia. All of this is for the benefit of society as a whole. These young men and women are truly inspiring.

As all UWA graduates are members of Convocation, they are life-long members of the University and through this awards program have the opportunity to assist current and future graduates, just as they were assisted by scholarships and awards during their studies at UWA.

Professor Kerr said nineteen travel awards were supported by donations from past graduates. The awards are a competitive scheme open to all Postgraduate Research Students at UWA who have submitted a research plan. They provide funds for travel aimed at enhancing the student’s research.In addition, the Bryant Stokes Matilda Award for Cultural Excellence is sponsored by another former graduate Clinical Professor Bryant Stokes AM RFD KSJ JP.

Please visit the  PGRTA Awards page  for a full listing of the 2016 Awards winners.

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