CG Stephens PhD Award

Dr Ryan Orr

2023 CG Stephens PhD Award winner

“Best PhD thesis on the basis of the originality, its’ significance to soil science and its’ clarity of writing” 

Dr Orr’s thesis  “The effect of soil physico-chemical characteristics on the severity of Fusarium wilt of bananas” was awarded from James Cook University, Queensland.

Supervisors: Dr. Paul Nelson, Dr. Tobin Northfield, Dr. Rosalie Hocking and Dr. Michael Liddell 

The award will be made to successful applicants for the best PhD thesis in soil science granted by an Australian University in the previous calendar year.  Applicants need not be members of Soil Science Australia.  Nominations must contain the Title of PhD thesis being considered for the Award, an electronic copy of the whole thesis, an electronic copy of the Abstract, and at least two electronic copies of the External Examiners’ reports.  Assessment of each thesis will be based upon the originality of the work, its significance to soil science and its clarity of writing.  Nominations are confidential to the Awarding Committee and the Award is open to applicants in Australia with a PhD thesis granted by an Australian University in the previous calendar year.  While the degree may not yet be conferred, the examination process must be completed and successful.

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Nomination Process and Instructions

Nominations are to be prepared by a nominator AND seconder then submitted to the Federal Secretary via email.

The award will be made to successful applications for the best PhD thesis in soil science granted by an Australian University in the previous calendar year.  Nominations must contain the Title of PhD thesis being considered for the Award, an electronic copy of the whole thesis, an electronic copy of the Abstract and at least two electronic copies of the External Examiners’ reports. A ssessment of each thesis will be based upon the originality of the work, its significance to soil science and its clarity of writing.  Nominations are confidential to the Awarding Committee.

Award Presentation

The CG Stephens PhD Award is presented by the Federal President or proxy at the Soil Science Australia national conference or another event determined by the Federal Council.

Award Winners

YearWinner
2023R. Orr
2022C. Krohn
2021C. Janke
2020Q. Xu
2019M. Cheng & H. Mikkonen
2018A. Dang
2017N. Robinson
2016N. Creeper
2015B. Ryan
2014A. Marchuk
2013B. Malone
2012R. Setia
2011U. Stockmann
2010C. Scanlan
2009C. Butterly
2008G. Kew
2007S. Grover
2006M. Tighe
2005P. Kopittke
2004S.C. Boucher
2003J.E. White

Charles G Stephens (1907 – 2002)

was born and educated in Tasmania, completing a degree in science at the University of Tasmania. CG Stephens played a distinguished role in the establishment and health state of soil survey, classification and pedology in Australia. His participation in many surveys in all states means that he played a significant part in the development of regional Australia. C.G. Stephens was the first recipient of the J.A. Prescott Medal in 1972.