Awards

2017


1. Nadia Shnier for being awarded the Undergraduate Behavioural Neuroscience Prize as well as the School of Psychology 3rd Year Staff Prize.

2016


1. Miri Den for being awarded the Combined PhD/Clinical MA Prize from the School of Psychology as well as the UNSW Student Prize for the Clinical College of the APS (CCLP).

2. Kathryn Baker for being awarded the Kucharski Young Investigator Award from the International Society for Developmental Psychobiology.

3. Sarah Altmann and Nathalie Elliott for being awarded $2000 from the School of Psychology for their performance in the Faculty of Science’s Postgraduate Research Competition.

4. Kathryn Baker for being being selected for a Travel Award from the Society of Biological Psychiatry. This award consists of $2000(US) for the 2017 meeting of the Society (in San Diego) as well as a waiver of registration fees for 2017-2019.

5. Caitlin Cowan, Janice Kan, Nathalie Elliott, Sarah Altmann, Sarah Bae, and Kathryn Baker for being selected for a Travel Award to attend the 2016 annual meeting of the International Society for Developmental Psychobiology (San Diego). The Award consists of $1200(US) to each awardee, and is funded by NIH, Wiley Press, the Sackler Institute, and the Nurture Science Project at Columbia University.

6. Kathryn Baker for being awarded a Discovery Early Career Research Award (DECRA) from the Australian Research Council; the grant will start in 2017.

7. Kelsey Zimmermann for being selected for a Sir Keith Murdoch Fellowship from the American Australian Association; the Fellowship will begin in 2017.

2015


1. Sarah Altmann for being awarded the University Medal for Psychology, the Australian Psychological Society Prize, the Syd Lovibond Prize, and the Outstanding Behavioural Neuroscience Honours Thesis Prize, all for the class of 2014. In addition to receiving an APA to continue her post-graduate studies, Sarah has been awarded a prestigious UNSW Research Excellence Award.

2. Sarah Bae for being awarded the Faculty of Science Prize for Science Honours in 2014.

3. Caitlin Cowan and Janice Kan for receiving a 1st Prize Award ($2000) from the School of Psychology for their performance in the Faculty of Science’s Postgraduate Research Competition

2014


1. Miri Den for being awarded “Best Student Presentation” at the AACBT meeting in Freemantle.

2. Kathryn Baker for being a CI on her first NHMRC Project grant (funded 2015-2017; entitled “A window of vulnerability: Impaired fear inhibition in adolescent rats”).

3. Bridget Callaghan (recent PhD student) for receiving a CJ Martin Fellowship from NHMRC entitled “Human neural development in the absence of species-expected stimuli: The effect of maternal or social deprivation on maturation of emotion circuitry during critical periods of development.” Bridget will spend the first two years of her Fellowship at Columbia University in New York City and the last two years of the Fellowship in Melbourne.

4. Caitlin Cowan for receiving Brain Sciences Best poster award (runner-up) – $250.

5. Caitlin Cowan for receiving a 2nd Prize Award ($3000) in the Faculty of Science’s Postgrad Research Competition.

6. Diana Chan for receiving a 1st Prize Award ($3000) from the School of Psychology for her performance in the Faculty’s Science’s Postgrad Research Competition.

7. Bridget Callaghan for receiving the ISDP Dissertation Prize.

8. Kathryn Baker, Caitlin Cowan, Janice Kan, and Diana Chan for being granted Travel Awards to attend the annual meeting of the International Society for Developmental Psychobiology in Washington DC later this year. Each award is worth $800 and was funded by a National Institute of Health Travel grant, the Sackler Institute, and ISDP.

9. Kathryn Baker for being selected to attend the European FENS-SfN Summer School 2014 “Neurodevelopmental Psychiatric Disorders” (in Bertinoro, Italy), and for being selected for a FENS-IBRO Travel Grant (Euro $750) to attend the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies Forum.

10. Kathryn Baker for receiving a Faculty of Science Research Grant – Neural mechanisms of impaired fear inhibition in adolescence. $5000

2013


1. Kathryn Baker for being awarded a Peter Doherty – Australian Biomedical Fellowship from NHMRC for her project entitled “How is fear inhibited in the adolescent brain”. This Fellowship will provide support for Kathryn’s work for the next 4 years.

2. Caitlin Cowan for being selected for being selected for two prestigious awards, both of which are only available to University Medallists. The first is the highly prestigious Petre Foundation Scholarship at UNSW for 2013. This scholarship is funded by a generous donation from the Petre Foundation and is awarded once every three years. As noted on the University’s link for this Scholarship, it is intended “to foster the advanced education of students who aspire to contribute to the betterment of mankind without particular regard for their own personal or commercial gain”. The second is a Research Excellence Award from UNSW, which is given to students of outstanding research potential. Caitlin has enrolled in the combined PhD/Clinical MA program, and will be pursuing her research on ameliorating the effects of early life adversity on emotional regulation systems.

4. Gabrielle King for being selected for the Australian Psychological Society Honours Prize – for the highest mark in Honours in Psychology at UNSW, and being awarded the Behavioural Neuroscience Honours Thesis Prize – for the best honours thesis in the field of behavioural neuroscience at UNSW.

2012


1. Dr Stella Li who was the first author of a paper selected for the D. G. Marquis Behavioral Neuroscience Award for 2012. This awarded is sponsored by the American Psychological Association, and as noted on their website “is given each year to recognize the best paper published in Behavioral Neuroscience”. This award is selected by the Editor and Consulting Editors of Behavioral Neuroscience. Her paper was entitled “Differential Involvement of the Medial Prefrontal Cortex in the Expression of Learned Fear Across Development,” and was co-authored with Dr Jee Hyun Kim and Professor Rick Richardson.

2. Janice Kan for being awarded the Syd Lovibond Prize for being the top student in the Bachelor of Psychology degree.

3. Diana Chan for being awarded the Faculty of Science Prize for best Honours performance.

4. Caitlin Cowan for being awarded the Australian Psychological Society Prize and the Outstanding Behavioural Neuroscience Honours thesis prize from the School of Psychology.

5. Gabrielle King for being selected for the Undergraduate Behavioural Neuroscience Prize – for the highest average mark in undergraduate behavioural neuroscience subjects in the School of Psychology.