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 Undergraduate
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 Undergraduate
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 OPTM2190 and OPTM2291

Stage 3 

 

Best Performance in Stage 3 Ocular Diseases

Stage Awarded Undergraduate
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
Stage Awarded Undergraduate
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 Undergraduate
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 Undergraduate
Sponsor CooperVision
Purpose To reward the student with the best performance in Contact Lenses. This addresses academic excellence
Selection Criteria Best performance in OPTM6414 and OPTM6421

Stage 5 

 

Dr Andrew Whatham Prize for Stage 5 CFEH Clinical Excellence

Stage Awarded Undergraduate
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
 

Best Performance in the Stage 5 Research Project

Stage Awarded Undergraduate
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 OPTM5171 and OPTM5271
 

Neville Fullthorpe Prize for Best Performance in Stage 5 Clinical Optometry

Stage Awarded Undergraduate
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 OPTM5111 and OPTM5211
 

The Susan Larter Vision Trust Prize for the Best Performance in Paediatric Optometry

Stage Awarded Undergraduate
Sponsor ACBO
Purpose To reward an undergraduate or postgraduate student with clinical excellence and knowledge of paediatric optometry and vision training
Selection Criteria To reward the student with the best performance in OPTM5131 and OPTM5231 (Children's vision and vision therapy strand) or postgraduate student
 

The Leonard Fine/Luxottica Prize for the Best Performance in Stage 5 Ocular Therapeutics

Stage Awarded Undergraduate
Sponsor Luxottica
Purpose To reward the student with the best performance in Stage 5 Ocular Therapeutics. This addresses academic excellence
Selection Criteria Best performance in OPTM5151 and OPTM5251
 

ACBO Prize for the best Overall Performance throughout the Bachelor of Optometry/Bachelor of Science Program in Binocular and Children's Vision

Stage Awarded Undergraduate
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 Best Performance in the Bachelor of Optometry/Bachelor of Science Program

Stage Awarded Undergraduate
Sponsor SpecSavers
Purpose To reward the student with the best performance in the Bachelor of Optometry/Bachelor of Science Program. This addresses academic excellence.
Selection Criteria Student with the best overall WAM

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