Prizes and Awards

UNSW School of Optometry Vision Science annually awards prizes to recognize achievement by UNSW students and graduates in the areas of Academic Excellence, Global Impact and Social Engagement. 

Stage 1 

 

Best Performance in Stage 1 Optics

Stage Awarded First year of Bachelor of Vision Science/Master of Clinical Optometry
Sponsor Transitions Optical
Purpose To reward the student with the best performance in Stage 1 Optics. This addresses academic excellence
Selection Criteria Best performance in VISN1111 and VISN1221

Stage 2 

 

Best Performance in Stage 2 Clinical Optometry

Stage Awarded Second year of Bachelor of Vision Science/Master of Clinical Optometry
Sponsor BOC
Purpose To reward the student with the best performance in Stage 2 Clinical Optometry. This addresses academic excellence
Selection Criteria Best performance in OPTM2133 and OPTM2233

Stage 3 

 

Best Performance in Stage 3 Ocular Diseases

Stage Awarded Third year of Bachelor of Vision Science/Master of Clinical Optometry
Sponsor Essilor
Purpose To reward the student with the best performance in Stage 3 Ocular Diseases. This addresses academic excellence
Selection Criteria Best performance in OPTM3131 and OPTM3231
 

Best Performance in Stage 3 Environmental Optometry and Dispensing

Stage Awarded Third year of Bachelor of Vision Science/Master of Clinical Optometry
Sponsor UVEX
Purpose This prize addresses academic excellence in environmental optometry and dispensing, for students in their 3rd year of the Bachelor of Optometry/Bachelor of Vision Science program
Selection Criteria Best performance in OPTM3111 and OPTM3211

Stage 4 

 

Optometry Australia NSW/ACT Prize in Ocular Therapeutics

(Master of Clinical Optometry, Stage 1)

Stage Awarded Fourth year of Bachelor of Vision Science/Master of Clinical Optometry
Sponsor Optometry Australia NSW/ACT
Purpose To reward the student with the best performance in Ocular Therapeutics. This addresses academic excellence
Selection Criteria Best performance in OPTM6413 and OPTM6423
 

CooperVision Prize in Contact Lenses

(Master of Clinical Optometry, Stage 1)

Stage Awarded Fourth year of Bachelor of Vision Science/Master of Clinical Optometry
Sponsor CooperVision
Purpose To reward the student with the best performance in Contact Lenses. This addresses academic excellence
Selection Criteria Best performance in OPTM6411 and OPTM6421
 

Mivision Prize in Recognition of Social Engagement

stage awarded First or final year of Master of Clinical Optometry
Sponsor Mivision
Purpose To recognise students that have demonstrated excellence in communication, advocacy or in promoting eyecare to the community or other professions

 

Stage 5 

 

Dr Andrew Whatham Prize for Stage 5 CFEH Clinical Excellence

Stage Awarded Final year of Bachelor of Vision Science/Master of Clinical Optometry
Sponsor Mrs Whatham and Centre for Eye Health
Purpose To reward the student with the best performance in Stage 5 Centre for Eye Health Clinical Placement. This addresses academic excellence
Selection Criteria

Best performance in OPTM5151 and OPTM5251 Centre for Eye Health clinical placement.

The recipient/s during their time at CFEH demonstrated the highest levels of the following:

1. Academic performance: Score based on performance in the entry test.

2. Clinic service: Score based on overall performance during clinical rotation at CFEH as judged by clinical staff.

3. Growth of knowledge: Score based on attendance and participation in CFEH tutorials.

4. Research/evidence-based practice: Score based on presentation of research paper at   CFEH journal club.

CFEH will develop a scoring system for components #2,3,4 that incorporates staff involved in the three components. The academic performance (#1) provides a ranking system for all students.

In addition to clinical and academic excellence, the selection criteria will include professional criteria such as punctuality, interaction with patients, staff and other students.

If a student is removed from CFEH clinical rotations, they would automatically be excluded from receiving the award
 

Research Project Prize in the Master of Clinical Optometry

Stage Awarded Final year of Bachelor of Vision Science/Master of Clinical Optometry
Sponsor Optometric Vision Research Foundation
Purpose To reward the student with the best performance in Stage 5 Research Project. This addresses academic excellence
Selection Criteria Best performance in OPTM8514
 

Neville Fullthorpe Prize for Best Performance in Stage 5 Clinical Optometry

Stage Awarded Final year of Bachelor of Vision Science/Master of Clinical Optometry
Sponsor Mrs Rainsford
Purpose To reward the student with the best performance in Stage 5 Clinical Optometry. This addresses academic excellence
Selection Criteria Best performance in OPTM8512 and OPTM8522
 

The ACBO Prize in Binocular and Children’s Vision for the best overall performance throughout the Master of Clinical Optometry program in Binocular and Children’s Vision

Stage Awarded Final year of Bachelor of Vision Science/Master of Clinical Optometry
Sponsor ACBO
Purpose To reward an undergraduate the best performance in the Stage 5 in Binocular and Children's Vision. This addresses academic excellence
Selection Criteria Best performance in OPTM5131 and OPTM5231
 

The Specsavers Prize for Overall Excellence in the Bachelor of Vision Science/Master of Clinical Optometry Program

Stage Awarded Final year of Bachelor of Vision Science/Master of Clinical Optometry
Sponsor SpecSavers
Purpose To reward the student with the best performance in the Bachelor of Vision Science/Master of Clinical Optometry program. This addresses academic excellence
Selection Criteria Student with the best overall WAM
 

The Designs for Vision Prize

Stage Awarded Final year of Bachelor of Vision Science/Master of Clinical Optometry
Sponsor Designs for Vision
Purpose For the best overall performance throughout the Bachelor of Vision Science/Master of Clinical Optometry Program in Primary Care Optometry
 

The Specsavers Prize for Excellence in Patient Management

Stage Awarded Final year of Bachelor of Vision Science/Master of Clinical Optometry
Sponsor SpecSavers
Purpose For excellence in patient management by a student in the final year of the Bachelor of Vision Science/Master of Clinical Optometry Program
 

The Luxottica Prize for the best performance in Clinical Ocular Therapeutics

Stage awarded Final year of Bachelor of Vision Science/Master of Clinical Optometry
Sponsor Luxottica
Purpose For the best performance in OPTM8513 Clinical Ocular Therapy 5A and OPTM8523 Clinical Ocular Therapy 5B
 

 The Australian College of Optometry (ACO) Prize

Stage Awarded Final year of Bachelor of Vision Science/Master of Clinical Optometry
Sponsor ACO
Purpose For the academic excellence in primary care optometry, specifically in the ACO placement

Postgraduate 

 

Best Performance in the Postgraduate Ocular Therapeutics

Stage Awarded Postgraduate Coursework
Sponsor Luxottica
Purpose To reward the student with the best performance in postgraduate therapeutics. This addresses academic excellence.
Selection Criteria Best performance in OPTM7436 who completed the program, regardless of commencement date.
 

The Brian Kirby Prize for the Best PhD Thesis

Stage Awarded Postgraduate Research
Sponsor Brian Kirby Foundation
Purpose To reward the student with the best performance in their PhD thesis. This addresses academic excellence.
Selection Criteria

Best thesis as judged by the comments of the thesis examiners for a thesis whose examiner reports have been received between January and December of the previous year.

Previous Winners

2015

2014

2013