Masson Memorial Award

This Award has been established as a memorial to the late Sir David Orme Masson, Founder of the RACI.

The winner will receive a Memorial Medal, together with a copy of Len Weickhardt's book, "Masson of Melbourne - The life and times of David Orme Masson" and $500.

The award is open to any financial member including student member of the RACI, who has attained the academic qualification of BSc or its equivalent, and who is eligible to proceed for a further year's study of Chemistry at BSc Honours level, either at a university or other approved institution in Australia.

The Award will, therefore, be open to financial members (minimum 12 months) wishing to proceed to BSc Honours or the fourth year of a BSc Honours course or the first postgraduate year following 4-year courses such as BAppSc, BSc (Industrial Chemistry), BSc (Chemical Engineering) or BE (Chemical Engineering) or their equivalent, at their own or any other approved institution. The intended study is to be in the field of Chemistry.

Hear from our 2021 awardees


Nominations open on 1 April and close 30 June.

Candidates may apply or be nominated.  

The submission should include:

  • Academic qualifications and where obtained, full list of subjects passed and standard attained, prizes honours or other awards. The detailed statement must be certified as accurate by a responsible officer of the institution at which they were obtained. Include any special circumstances and a description of other activities which appear relevant.
  • Email and telephone contact details of no more than 4 referees (referees personally acquainted with applicant’s academic experience and present standing).
  • Courses of study proposed and university, college or institute at which it is desired to study.


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. 


Eve Poland
2021 Bethany Yee & Edward Moore
Laura Wait
Hayden Robertson
Angus Olding
Liam Burt
J Robertson
J Yeo


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Eve Poland



I have contributed to several projects within organometallics and catalysis throughout summer research projects and my honours year at the University of Tasmania. Winning the Masson Memorial Award has been a great encouragement for me for the work I’ve put in over the past five years and has given me confidence to continue this trajectory."