Fensham Medal


Recognising outstanding contributions to the teaching of chemistry and science in general over an extended period, the Fensham Medal is the most senior award for education in the RACI.

The RACI introduced the Fensham Medal for Outstanding Contribution to Chemical Education to recognise outstanding contributions to the teaching of chemistry and science in general over an extended period. It is intended that the Fensham Medal is to be the most senior award for education in the Institute.

Recognition will be in the form of a medal, awarded at the National Awards Dinner. Nominations for the award will be assessed by a committee appointed by the Board.


Nominations


Nominations open 1 April 2020 and close mid June each year. Candidates are to be nominated and seconded by two senior members of the RACI. RACI membership must be MRACI (and above) and for a minimum of 3 years. Candidates must have demonstrated outstanding achievement in chemistry and chemistry related teaching and learning excellence over a period of at least 10 years at the primary, secondary or tertiary levels of Chemical Education, or, through public or industry-based appointments.


The nomination requirement is a current CV highlighting:


a) The development, presentation and propagation of formal coursework or practical material.

b) Public delivery of chemistry and science related material in the Australian context.

c) Theoretical and practice innovations in educational pedagogy as it relates to course design, content, delivery and assessment.

d) The nurturing of public awareness and understanding of chemistry and chemistry related science in its broadest context.

e) Evidence of outstanding achievement and recognition will include but is not restricted to:

  • Awards, prizes and citations for teaching and learning activities
  • Acceptance of material in peer reviewed educational journals and publications
  • One or more text books that have been widely accepted by educational institutions
  • Incorporation of material into curricula at the State and National levels
  • The impact of the candidates contributions to chemistry and science teaching as attested to by a set of independent statements from former students
  • Invitations to learning and teaching conferences as plenary or keynote speaker
  • A documented history of public lectures and presentations that develop a greater understanding of the chemical sciences in the population in general

f) Email and telephone contacts of no more than four referees.


 

The decision of the judges will be subject to the approval of the RACI Board. The Board decision is final and no discussions or correspondence will be entered into.

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Awardees


2019
Siegbert Schmid
2018
Mauro Mocerino
2017
Tina Overton
2016
J Shapter
2015
B Yates
 
      2014
      S Pyke
      2012
      R Morton
      2011
      K Lim
      2010
      R Bucat


2019 WINNER

Bernard Flynn

Bernard Flynn

Associate Professor

Bernard is the Co-Director of the Australian Translational Medicinal Chemistry Facility and Founder and CEO of Cincera Therapeutics. A member of the RACI since 1997, he has served as Treasurer and committee member on the RACI Medicinal Chemistry and Chemical Biology Division.


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Dr. Sara Pain
Department of Chemistry