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Medals, Prizes and Awards

The University offers a number of medals, prizes and awards to acknowledge the significant academic achievements of its students. Medals, prizes and award are awarded through a nomination process, so students do not need to apply.

First awarded in 1984, the medal is named in honour of the late Emeritus Professor Herbert 'Joe' Burton who chaired the committee that recommended the establishment of the University's precursor institution, the Canberra College of Advanced Education.

The Herbert Burton Medal is presented annually to a graduating undergraduate student considered to have achieved outstanding academic results and to have made a valuable contribution to the University or wider community.

Nominations can be made by any member of staff or the University community.

The University Medal will be awarded to a graduating student on the basis of the highest academic achievement from an eligible undergraduate honours degree course with First Class Honours, or an undergraduate degree course awarded with honours with First Class Honours.

The University Medal would normally be awarded to a graduating student with First Class Honours who:
- Has achieved a GPA of 6.5 or above;
- Has completed no less than two thirds of the degree that they are graduating from at the University of Canberra;
- Has not failed a unit throughout their course of studies.

This medal is awarded in honour of the University of Canberra's first Indigenous Chancellor, Dr Tom Calma AO. The Tom Calma Medal is presented annually to a graduating Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander student considered to have achieved outstanding academic results and to have made a valuable contribution to the University or wider community.

Nominations can be made by any member of staff or the University community.

The Chancellor's Commendation is awarded to the student who achieves the highest grade point average for their entire undergraduate degree in each Faculty and is not eligible for the Herbert Burton Medal or a University Medal.

A Chancellor's Commendation would normally be awarded to a graduating student who:
- has achieved a GPA of 6 or above;
- has completed no less than two thirds of the degree that they are graduating from at the University of Canberra;
- has not failed a unit throughout their course of studies.

Dean's Excellence Awards are awarded each semester to full-time, and annually to part-time, undergraduate and postgraduate coursework students who achieve a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 6.5 or higher.

Full-time study is based on a minimum of 9 credit points per teaching period. For the purpose of this award, part-time study is classified as enrollment  across at least two teaching periods in any given academic year. No more than 6 credit points must have been completed in each teaching period.

This medal is awarded in honour of Professor Stephen Parker, the University's Vice Chancellor from 2007-2016. The Parker Medal for Outstanding Doctoral Thesis is presented annually to a doctoral student considered to have presented the most outstanding doctoral thesis for examination in the preceding calendar year.

Candidates suitable for consideration for the award will be identified by examiners via the Assessment of Thesis Quality form. There will be no nomination process; all candidates identified by examiners will be considered by a selection committee.

The Canberra Award is a certificate of the University of Canberra that will enhance your career prospects. It is awarded at graduation and acknowledges that you have successfully undertaken an active program of personal development over the course of your university career.

The University of Canberra has in excess of 200 Prizes, medals and awards which are awarded annually to students for meritorious academic achievement.

Prizes can take the form of medals, books, cash amounts and industry memberships. If you are successful in receiving a University of Canberra Prize, your name will be printed in the Conferring of Awards booklet when you graduate, the Prize will be listed on your Academic Transcript and announced at your graduation ceremony should you attend.

Please note that you do not apply for University of Canberra Prizes. Students are nominated by each Faculty and recipients will be notified in writing.

Prizes have been made possible by the generous support of internal and external bodies as well as individual donors and government agencies.

Information regarding the establishment of new prizes may be obtained by emailing prizes@canberra.edu.au.