James Cook University has honoured the academic achievements of Indigenous students at its inaugural Indigenous Undergraduate Student Awards night.
The awards acknowledge and celebrate the efforts that JCU’s Indigenous students make to succeed in their higher education studies.
Academic awards were presented to students from each of JCU’s six Colleges and the Diploma of Higher Education, and two ‘Spirit’ awards were presented to students who have shown exceptional strength and resilience to overcome setbacks and persist with their studies.
Professor Martin Nakata, Pro Vice Chancellor of Indigenous Education and Strategy said the awards are designed to reward and encourage Indigenous students’ efforts to persist and succeed.
“The celebration provides an inspiring showcase to other Indigenous students and to our many supporters across the JCU community, the Indigenous community, across education, Industry and government sectors, and the community at large,” he said.
“Indigenous student success and the ability to overcome challenges provides a wellspring of inspiration for others and reminds us just what Indigenous students can achieve, given the opportunity and support to do so.”
The awards were hosted by the Indigenous Education and Research Centre at JCU, which provides personal and academic support to Indigenous students to help them achieve their full potential and achieve their goals to graduate.
List of winners:
College of Arts, Society and Education
Irene Robinson (Cairns) – Bachelor of Arts
Jamie Ahwang (Cairns) – Bachelor of Social Work
College of Business, Law and Governance
Ben Toborek (External) – Bachelor of Business
Kylie Arlidge (Cairns) – Bachelor of Laws
College of Science and Engineering
Shenade Muller (Townsville) – Bachelor of Science
Hetty McLaughlin (Townsville) – Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)
College of Healthcare Sciences
Clarissa Marrinan (Townsville) – Bachelor of Nursing Science - Bachelor of Midwifery
Jefferson Mobbs (Cairns) – Bachelor of Exercise Physiology
College of Medicine and Dentistry
Sapphire Watkinson (Townsville) – Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery
Liam White (Cairns) – Bachelor of Dental Surgery
College of Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences
Nicole Quin (Townsville) – Bachelor of Veterinary Science
Diploma of Higher Education
Joanne Kaczmarek (Townsville)
Corey Quinlan (Townsville)
Philip Obah (Townsville) – Bachelor of Arts - Bachelor of Business
James Leftwich (Cairns) – Bachelor of Business