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Top students encouraged to excel

By Patrick Nelson

Professor Suresh Thennadil congratulates Kieran Marchant, winner of a prize sponsored by Dow Australia Professor Suresh Thennadil congratulates Kieran Marchant, winner of a prize sponsored by Dow Australia

More than 100 of Charles Darwin University’s top students have been acknowledged for their academic achievements at a series of prize-giving ceremonies in Darwin recently.

Among them was Kieran Marchant, an undergraduate from the School of Engineering and Information Technology, who became the first winner of a substantial prize for chemical engineering students.

Pro Vice-Chancellor Professor Sue Carthew said Kieran was a standout student and a worthy recipient of the DOW Australia sponsored prize.

“I congratulate Kieran on this achievement and wish him well as he progresses through to the completion of his studies over the next couple of years,” Professor Carthew said.

“I also wish to congratulate Gillian Ainsworth, the winner of the Pro Vice-Chancellor’s Doctoral Thesis Excellence Award, and the 60-plus other prize winners from the Faculty of Engineering, Health, Science and the Environment.”

Professor Carthew said the attendance of sponsors, family members and awardees, including some from interstate, was testimony to the value society placed on recognising the efforts and abilities of high-achieving students.

Pro Vice-Chancellor Professor Giselle Byrnes echoed similar sentiments at the prize event for the Faculty of Law, Education, Business and Arts.

“It is important that we take time to celebrate the things that are important to us, such as academic excellence and high achievement,” Professor Byrnes said.

“On behalf of the University, I also thank the many organisations and individuals for their generous sponsorship of the prizes and their support for our students.

“I was particularly delighted to acknowledge Danial Kelly, who demonstrated exceptional academic and intellectual achievement in a doctoral thesis that was awarded the highest mark in the faculty for 2014.”

A further 36 awards were presented at a third ceremony for students from the School of Law.

Two special awards were presented to Penelope McIsaac, winner of the Attorney-General’s Medal, and Sally Gooch, winner of the Supreme Court Medal.