The Queensland branch awards prizes to students for high achievement in soil science on an annual basis providing the branch has the financial resources to do so. Prizes may be awarded at any level of education from primary school to tertiary post-graduate level.
In the past the Branch has awarded many prizes including undergraduate and postgraduate awards for excellence in soil science and prizes at the annual Science Teachers Association of Queensland (STAQ) Science Contest for primary and secondary school students.
The Queensland Branch may award the Bruce Carey Award annually to a financial member for outstanding effort in promoting and raising the awareness of soil science in Australia through activity with Soil Science Australia and the wider community.
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The Queensland branch and Federal Council provide funds to support student attendance at the two-yearly national conference. Normally a student must have been a member for a minimum of twelve months and have a paper or poster accepted at the conference.
Typically each university in Queensland teaching soil science is invited to nominate a suitable student who has reached a high standard in a soils related area. The award is not restricted to research projects, Awards include a cash prize, a book prize (Australian Soil and Land Survey – Field Handbook (The Yellow Book)), one year’s membership to Soil Science Australia and a certificate. Award recipients are requested to give a fifteen minute presentation of their work and answer some questions at the branch's Undergraduate Awards Night held in conjunction with an Ordinary General Meeting. The nominee who gives the best presentation receives an additional cash prize.
The postgraduate award is for students who have conducted post graduate work by research in the field of soil science at a university in Queensland. Each university campus is invited to nominate high calibre canditate/s. A judging panel, selected by the branch, examines the theses and decides who should receive the award. The award includes a cash prize, a book prize, one year’s membership to Soil Science Australia and a certificate.
In previous years the branch has encouraged school students to get involved in soil science by providing prizes at the Science Teachers Association of Queensland (STAQ) Science Contest. Each year a couple of keen Queensland Branch members heads off to the contest to choose the winners.