These three awards focus on recognising and rewarding the achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields.

Nominees needed to demonstrate a passion for, engagement with and improvement in mathematics and/or science in 2016.

Nominations were eligible to be completed by teachers, principals, or could be self-nominated. Note, if the applicant was under 18 years of age, consent from their parent/guardian in support of their application was required.

All finalists were announced through national media and featured on the CSIRO website. In addition, they were eligible to be considered as CSIRO CREST award recipients.

Winners were invited to act as ambassadors for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participation in STEM education and career pathways.

Student Science Achievement Award

To be eligible for this award the nominee had to:

  • identify as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person
  • be enrolled in years 5-9 at school and have participated in the Inquiry for Indigenous Science Students program
  • be able to demonstrate passion, engagement and improvement in science
  • have completed or be in the process of completing a science inquiry.

The prize for this award included an all-expenses paid experience within CSIRO's Astronomy and Space Science unit where winners could explore the deep depths of space alongside esteemed astrophysicists and related STEM professionals.

Student Maths Achievement Award

To be eligible for this award the nominee had to:

  • identify as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person
  • be enrolled in primary or junior high school and have participated in the PRIME Futures program
  • be able to show passion, engagement and improvement in mathematics
  • be able to demonstrate how they have used mathematics to solve a real-life problem or to complete a real-life investigation.

The prize for this award included an all-expenses paid experience within CSIRO's Astronomy and Space Science unit where winners could explore the deep depths of space alongside esteemed astrophysicists and related STEM professionals.

STEM Student Award

To be eligible for this award the nominee had to:

  • identify as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person
  • be currently enrolled in university or senior high school and be participating in the ASSETS program or be currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Science (Extended) program at the University of Melbourne
  • be able to show passion, engagement and improvement in science, technology, engineering or mathematics
  • be on a STEM tertiary pathway
  • be able to demonstrate effective inquiry competencies i.e. ability to apply the critical thinking skills of planning, conducting, processing and evaluating
  • be able to demonstrate involvement in extra-curricular STEM activities (for example, work experience/placements that build inquiry skills, participation in science-mathematics student networks)
  • be able to demonstrate leadership capabilities (e.g. mentoring other students).

Award winners received an all-expenses paid trip to attend the annual Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) in the USA, as observers. The 2017 Intel ISEF was held in Los Angeles, 14-19 May.

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