Prizes and Awards

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

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

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

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.

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 optometery and dispensing, for students in their 3rd year of the Bachelor of Optometry/Bachelor of Vision Science progam
  • Selection Criteria: Best performance in OPTM3111 and OPTM 3211

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 

Cooper Vision 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 (also available for stage 5)

  • Stage Awarded: First or final year of the 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.

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 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 OPTM5171 and OPTM5271 

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 the Bachelor of Vision Science/Master of Clinical Optometry
  • Sponsors: 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 the 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
  • Selection Process: Awarded to final year Bachelor of Vision Science/Master of Clinical Optometry student for excellence in patient management

The Luxottica Prize for the Best Performance in Clinical Ocular Therapeutics (Master of Clinical Optometry, Stage 2)

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

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 the 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.
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