A sidney prize is an award that recognises people who have made a positive impact on humanity. These people can be scientists, writers or activists and the prize is a way to reward them for their efforts while also encouraging others to do the same. There are a variety of different sidney prizes available, and they can be awarded on a national or state basis.
The Neilma Sydney Short Story Prize was won by Yeena Kirkbright for her piece “Camperdown Grief Junk,” which will appear in the summer issue of Overland. Judges Laura Elvery, Paige Clark and Michael Winkler extend their thanks to all the shortlisted writers for their excellent entries. The prize is supported by the Malcolm Robertson Foundation and the prize winner receives a $5,000 honorarium.
Nazanin Boniadi, who works for a human rights organisation in Iran, won the city’s peace prize. The city’s Lord Mayor Clover Moore congratulated Boniadi for her dedication and tireless fight for women’s and children’s rights in her country. She is “turning outrage into action and change,” she said.
In the field of science, the Sydney Research Fellowship in Ancient Philosophy is a research prize that honours work on the history and theory of ancient Greek and Roman philosophy (up to 529 AD). The prize is given annually by the University of Sydney, and it is intended to promote excellence in ancient philosophy. The award is open to all students, regardless of their discipline.
The Phi Beta Kappa Sidney Hook Memorial Award recognizes national distinction by a single scholar in scholarship, undergraduate teaching, and leadership in the cause of liberal education. It is named in memory of Sidney Hook, a distinguished American philosopher and Phi Beta Kappa member who was committed to the ideals of the Society. The prize is presented at the Society’s Triennial Council Meeting.
Scientists Sidney Altman and Thomas Cech have won the 1989 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for their discovery that RNA, a key part of living cells, is not only a messenger but can also function as a biocatalyst, helping to regulate many important processes. Their work has profound implications for our understanding of life on Earth.
There are a number of different Sydney prizes available to recognise people who have made a difference to humanity. These include science and arts awards, as well as a number of business prizes. Some of these are based on specific fields, such as engineering or linguistics. There are even some prizes that are designed to encourage young women to study engineering, which can be a great encouragement for female students.
The SS Sydney Prize is a monthly journalism award that recognises journalists and authors who pursue social justice and public policy for the common good through their journalism. It pays a fitting tribute to a late scientist who championed liberal education principles, honours those who report on health and human rights issues, promotes quality work, and encourages more people to become journalists and writers.