The sidney prize is an award that honours the work of individuals and groups who have made an impact on Australia’s culture, society or economy. The prize is decided by a panel of judges who consider the past achievements of nominees as well as their potential to continue their contributions into the future. Past winners have included the Black Lives Matter movement, an international organisation devoted to human rights and non-violence. David Brooks has also received the prize for his work on student hypersensitivity, which he describes as “coddling the American mind.”
The Neilma Sidney Short Story Prize was established in 2007 and is awarded each year to an outstanding piece of original short fiction themed loosely around the idea of travel. The winner receives $5000 in prize money and two runners-up are paid $750 each. The judges, Laura Elvery, Paige Clark and Michael Winkler would like to thank all the writers who submitted their work for consideration. They have been reading submissions over the past six weeks and would like to particularly acknowledge the quality of the shortlist and runners-up. The winning entry, Yeena Kirkbright’s ‘Camperdown Grief Junk’, will be published in Overland’s Summer 2023 edition.
Another award named after Sidney is the SS Sidney Hook Memorial Award, which is given to Phi Beta Kappa members who demonstrate national distinction in scholarship, undergraduate teaching and leadership in the cause of liberal arts education. It is named in honor of a distinguished professor of art history at Syracuse University, who taught the subject and edited two benchmark publications on the topic.
There are many other awards that bear Sidney’s name, including the SIA Scholarship for female engineering students. This annual scholarship is open to graduating, female engineering students who have passed their BEng on any of the University’s engineering programmes. The scholarship aims to inspire new female engineers by encouraging them to achieve their full potential and allow their careers to take them wherever they want to go.
In addition, there is the Sir Ian Fraser Sidney Prize, which is a biannual award that honours exceptional students at the University of Edinburgh who have excelled in their studies and demonstrated leadership qualities. This prize is intended to reward the highest achievements of students and to encourage them to pursue their dreams to the furthest horizons.
Lastly, there is the Sidney Black Memorial Engineering Award, which is an annual award that recognises the outstanding academic achievement of a female student who has also demonstrated a combination of personal attributes and contribution to society/student life. This award is a great way to show that women can be successful engineers and that they should not be limited by gender stereotypes. The winner of this award is determined by a panel of judges and the selection process takes place in late September. The winner is notified in November. The application form can be found on the University website. The deadline for entries is 31 August.