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Graduate Research School Research Excellence

Celebrating Research Excellence

James Cook University recognises and celebrates research excellence via a number of awards and programs annually. These include Advisor of the Year  Awards, Dean's Award for Excellence and the Celebrating Research program.

JCU recognises, encourages and rewards staff who excel in the supervision of research degree candidates at the Doctoral, Research Masters or Honours level. Each year awards of $1,000 are offered to winners of the Advisor of the Year Awards across a range of categories which are:

  • Primary Advisor of the Year
  • Advisory Panel of the Year
  • Early Career Advisor of the Year
  • Outstanding Career Achievement in Research Supervision
  • Award for Excellence in Graduate Research Leadership
  • Award for Excellence in Promoting Industry Engagement in Graduate Research


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The Dean's Awards for Excellence recognise excellence in Higher Degree by Research candidature. Recipients have normally been commended by the independent expert examiners as having made substantial contributions to their field of research.


JCU recognises and celebrates research excellence with an annual program of events. Celebrating Research @JCU was introduced in 2009 with a view the improving the profile of research and helping to build institutional capacity. The celebration includes events such as the My Research in 3 Minutes Competition, a national competition founded by The University of Queensland.