Victoria University (VU) has announced recipients of the inaugural University Medals for excellence throughout enrolment.
Awarded bi-annually, the nine individual medals recognise students who have displayed a high level of academic and career achievement, course participation, communication, and leadership skills across their studies.
The June 2009 recipients are:
- Higher Degree by Research (University-wide) - Dr Robert Bozinovski. Robert's thesis entitled 'The Communist Party of Australia and Proletarian Internationalism, 1928-1945' was rated the highest overall by the examiners of PhD theses.
- Post Graduate by Coursework (University-wide) - Gavin Bruce Thistlethwaite. Gavin attained a high distinction average across his Graduate Certificate in Performance-based Building and Fire Codes.
- Undergraduate Honours (University-wide) - Hasret Niazi. Hasret received one of the highest marks ever awarded in the Bachelor of Science Psychology and is held in very high esteem by staff and students.
- Undergraduate, Arts, Education and Human Development - Caroline Anne Lewington. Caroline proved an inspiration to fellow students in her Bachelor of Arts (Communications) degree with her diligence, enthusiasm and consistent strong grades.
- Undergraduate, Business & Law - Fiona Christine Nicolson. Fiona not only graduated with a high distinction average from her Bachelor of Business (Music Industry and Event Management), she also contributed to the launch of VU CD 'Potential Unlimited' and actively engaged in music marketing and community festivals.
- Undergraduate, Health, Engineering & Science - Robert Gentile. Robert consistently achieved high marks over the duration of his Bachelor's Degree in Chinese Medicine resulting in a key role focusing on women's health and natural fertility at a multi-disciplinary clinic.
- Vocational Education, Technical & Trades Innovation - Sarah Kate Westerman. Sarah provided exemplary support and leadership to her fellow students across the duration of her Diploma of Beauty Therapy. She also graduated with a high distinction average.
- Vocational Education, Workforce Development - Fiona Louise Morton. Fiona demonstrated leadership throughout all components of her Diploma of Youth Work and earned the respect of her fellow students and teachers with her professionalism while maintaining a high distinction average.
The Faculty Board of Study and the VU College Board of Study consider each graduating VU student for their relevant Medal. The next Medals will be awarded during the October 2009 graduation ceremonies.