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Honours / Masters Award

Nominate your best 2021 Honours student here

The TASA Honours/Masters Student Award is given annually to the best Honours/Masters student in Sociology in each Australian university.


The Award is:

  • Determined by the convenor (or equivalent) of the Sociology Honours/Masters program in each university
  • Available to Honours/Master students who have a) completed a sociology major, and b) had their Honours/Masters thesis supervised and/or examined by a recognised sociologist in the current year
  • In recognition of receiving the best overall mark in Honours/Masters for that year

Each winner receives a one-year student membership to TASA, making the student eligible for conference discounts, membership of Thematic Groups, the weekly members’ newsletter, online access to sociology journals (full text) and self-promotion opportunities in Nexus. The award may be used to complement existing Departmental awards, providing they recognise the best Sociology Honours/Masters student.


The aim of the Award is to introduce Honours/Masters sociology graduates to TASA and to encourage them to see themselves as sociologists as they enter the workplace or undertake a PhD. The development of a professional identity for sociologists working outside of academic departments is important if sociology is to be recognised as relevant in the broader community. We also hope that this initiative will provide opportunities for networks to develop between sociologists working in academic and other workplace settings.


Winners are recognised on TASAweb, and receive a Certificate and letter from TASA along with a 12 month membership.


If you would like further information regarding the TASA Honours/Masters Student Award, please contact the TASA Office.

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Nomination form
Nomination form

To nominate your best Honours/Masters student in Sociology please complete the 2021 Honours Award nomination form.

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Recipients of the Award
Recipients of the Award

2021 Recipients

Swinburne University - Mavis Boamah
University of Queensland - Romy Wilson Gray
University of Melbourne - Ilana Altas
Australian National University - Joshua Walker
Deakin University - Bree Allingham-Maclaren
James Cook University - Sara Potts

2020 Recipients

Adelaide University - Lara Junghardt
Deakin University - Angela Bennette
Griffith University - Yanni Brown
James Cook University- Rebekah Lisciandro
La Trobe University - Jennifer Ginsberg
Melbourne University - Amy Wignall
Monash University - Ruby Scibberas
Newcastle University - Milo Kei
University of New South Wales - Dovber (Dovi) Seldowitz
University of Tasmania - joint recipients Christine Robertson and Randos Korabacz

2019 Recipients

La Trobe University - Lindy Cameron
Macquarie University - Harriet Jane Townsend
The University of Melbourne – Jane Chen
The University of Adelaide - Natalie Thomas
The University of Newcastle - Melissa Carlson
The University of New South Wales: Maya Ghattas & Ho Tin Chow

2018 Recipients

Australian Catholic University – Whitney Bartlett

Australian National University – Samuel Xiang

Deakin University – Simran Jessels

La Trobe University – Kim Lah

Macquarie University –  Elizabeth Bennett 

Swinburne University of Technology – Adrienne Byrt

University of Adelaide – Rachael De Haas

University of Melbourne – Madeline Lo-Booth

University of Newcastle – Jessica Smith

University of Queensland – Catherine Riddle

University of Western Australia – Thom Nevill

2017 Recipients

Australian National University – Jessie Liu

James Cook University – Toniey Munro

University of Melbourne – Alexandra Sanders

University of Newcastle – Jason Hinton

University of Queensland – Nyree Pisanu

University of Western Australia – Joshué Santa Maria

2016 Recipients

Australian National University – Fiona Navilly

Central Queensland University – Susan Teather

Deakin University – Patrick Chiller

Flinders University – James Zanon

Murdoch University – Aimee Sinclair

University of Melbourne – Amy Vanderharst

University of Queensland – Aleesha Rodriguez

University of Tasmania – Zack Dwyer

University of the Sunshine Coast – Vicki Lowik

2015 Recipients

Deakin University – James Baker

Flinders University – Tania Searle

La Trobe University – Cameron West

Monash University – Kieran Hegarty

Swinburne University of Technology – Mark Allen

University of Melbourne – Susan Wright

University of New South Wales – Roxarne Moon

University of Queensland – Laura Dunstan

University of South Australia – Ellen Scott

University of Sydney – Devoushi Cooray & Chiara Angeloni (both students received the same final overall, extremely high mark)

Victoria University – Vince Palmer

2014 Recipients

Australian National University – Rohan Todd

Deakin University – Sharni Spencer

Flinders University – Michelle Esterhuizen

La Trobe University – Patrick Scolyer-Gray

Monash University – Allegra Schermuly

Murdoch University – Ben Hall

Swinburne University of Technology – Sam Teague

University of Melbourne – Josie Reade

University of New South Wales – Chelsea Van Deventer

University of Queensland – Georgiana Bingham

University of Tasmania – Ruby Grant

Victoria University – Michael Guthrie

2013 Recipients

Australian Catholic University – Sam Loy

Charles Sturt University – Kellie Bousfield

Deakin University – Alexandra James

Monash University – Sarah Mander

Murdoch University – Julie O’Callaghan

Swinburne University of Technology – Hayley Mowat

University of New South Wales – Joe Alizzi

University of Newcastle – Megan Sharp

University of Queensland – Alison Schmidt

University of Tasmania – Rebecca Banham

Victoria University – Catherine Papadopoullos

2012 Recipients

Curtin University of Technology – Joni Lariat

Deakin University – Elizabeth Normand

James Cook University – Alexander Page

La Trobe University – Rachel Loney-Howes

Monash University – Fabian Cannizzo and Levan Wee (both students received the same final overall, extremely high mark)

Swinburne University of Technology – Laila Sakini

University of New South Wales – Holi Birman

University of Queensland – Stephanie Raymond

University of Tasmania – Kesherie Gurung

University of Technology of Sydney – Katerina Pavlidis and Katrina Ferrer (both students received the same final, overall mark)

2011 Recipients

Australian National University – Catherine Ayres

Deakin University – Linda Marchioni

La Trobe University – Andrew Gilbert

Monash University – Madeleine Pape

Queensland University of Technology – Kerry Egan

Swinburne University of Technology – Katie Moore

University of New South Wales – Aviva Beecher Kelk

University of Newcastle – Georgina Ramsay

University of Queensland – Andrew Clarke

University of Sydney – Lyndel Spence

University of Tasmania – Robyn Moore

University of Wollongong – Amanda Begley


From left, Evan Willis (recipient of the 2013 Distinguished Service to Australian Sociology Award), Kirsten MacLean (Conference MC), Xiaoying Qi (2013 JMA recipient), Adam Possamai (2013 JMA Chair), Eileen Clark (2013 recipient of the Outstanding Service to TASA Award), Jo Lindsay (2012/2013 TASA President), & Gary Bouma (recipient of the 2013 Distinguished Service to Australian Sociology Award).

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