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PM's Prizes for Science nominations close 26 March

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Get in quick or miss out; the nominations for the 2018 Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science entries close in less than three weeks and the upside is pretty sweet, prize money ranges from $50,000 up to $250,000.

Now in their 19th year, Australia’s Chief Scientist Dr Alan Finkel said the prestigious Prizes celebrate the achievements of Australian teachers, scientists and innovators.

“Over the years, the Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science have showcased many successes made possible by a diverse scientific workforce. The 2017 Prime Minister’s Prize for Science recipient Professor Jenny Graves is an outstanding example, leading the world with her pioneering research into mammalian sex chromosomes.”

“Australian scientists excel in every field, and come from a huge variety of backgrounds. I encourage everyone in the science community to nominate someone exceptional for these awards, and recognise the tremendous breadth of our science and innovation workforce.”

The prizes for teachers open for nominations are:

  • The Prime Minister’s Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching in Primary Schools
  • The Prime Minister’s Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching in Secondary Schools

Dr Finkel said training a diverse workforce started with making science, technology, engineering and maths subjects accessible and approachable for every student.

“The key factor in student engagement is often an incredible teacher. I’m delighted that teachers of mathematics and technology are now eligible to be nominated for their fantastic work alongside their science colleagues,” he said.

Nominations for the 2018 Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science close at 5PM AEST, Monday 26 March. For further details or to nominate, go to

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