USQ Student Awards

Recognising student excellence.

The USQ Student Awards are university wide awards which recognise outstanding achievement and student contribution to the community and the University. You can nominate yourself or someone you know for an award. These awards include:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Service Award
  • All Rounder Award
  • UniSport Nationals Most Valuable Player (MVP)
  • Community Service Award
  • Highest Achieving USQ Club
  • Multicultural Community Service Award
  • Sportsman of the Year
  • Sportswoman of the Year
  • Student Representative of the Year
  • Unsung Hero Award

Nominations and the nomination criteria for the 2019 Awards will open in June 2019.

“The Student Awards really showcased my volunteering and set me out from the crowd of other applicants who all had the same university degree.” 
Kate Lack (2015/16 Award Winner)

2018 Award Winners

Lachlan Noller USQ All Rounder Award
Lachlan is involved within the USQ community, as well as the local Toowoomba community. He holds leadership roles as a Resident Advisor (Events Coordinator), College Academic and Food Committee member and Meet-Up Leader at the USQ Residential Colleges. He represented the University on the soccer team at the UQ vs USQ Intervarsity Competition. He has also volunteered his time for Red Frogs Australia and Lutheran Youth Queensland as a Youth Leader. Lachlan has achieved academic excellence which has been recognised by the 2018 Chancellors Prize. He is currently finalising his dissertation for the Department of Defence in the Defence Science and Technology (DST) Division.

Jack Young USQ Student Representative of the Year Award
Jack is the President of the Springfield Student Representative Committee (SRC). This year he has been the main organiser of the social media channels to enable effective dissemination of information regarding events and initiatives. His efforts have ensured that the SRC doubled their social media engagement from last year. To date they have the most ‘likes’ out of the three campus SRC Facebook pages, despite having the least on-campus students. Jack also introduced a concept called ‘Event Leaders’. These leaders are members of the committee who want to step up and develop their leadership capabilities.

Martelle Ford USQ Community Service Award
Martelle volunteers her time at Lifeline as an In-Shift Support Supervisor, Crisis Supporter and Community Recovery Officer. She also volunteers at Pathways Gold Coast as a Post-vention Suicide Bereavement Supporter and Paradise Kids as a Grief and Loss Support Buddy. Martelle is part of the Student Mentor Program where she mentors first year undergraduate students. Additionally, she regularly donates plasma to the Australian Red Cross Blood Service.

Ina Mills USQ Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Service Award
Ina is President of the USQ Indigenous Student Association and coordinates fundraising events which enable Indigenous students to attend the National Indigenous Higher Education Sporting Games. She is also the captain of the College of Indigenous Studies, Education and Research (CISER) touch football team. She works as a USQ Student Ambassador and through this role contributes to a number of Indigenous events.

Neha Bhatia USQ Multicultural Community Service Award
Neha is the coordinator of the Toowoomba Indian Community Group and carries on the tradition of celebrating and organising key Indian events. She volunteered at all the Indian community events in various roles, performed at Toowoomba International Multicultural Festival (TIMS) and networked with the local council to promote Indian festivals and events over the past few years. She organised the 71st Indian Independence Day Celebration at Toowoomba East State School Centenary Hall. As a trained professional Indian Classical dancer and performer, Neha has performed in various multicultural events across Queensland.

USQ Law Society Highest Achieving USQ Club Award
This year the USQ Law Society (USQLS) is celebrating their 10 year anniversary and have 152 members. The society operates over two campuses and caters for external students. They represented USQ at the Australian Law Students’ Association (ALSA) Annual Conference, National ALSA Championship Moot Competition and Queensland Intervarsity Law Competition. The USQLS provides ongoing support to the USQ Secondary School Moot Competition by providing Judge’s Associates on both campuses. USQLS members also volunteered as ushers and support for the Domestic and Family Violence Symposium. The USQLS worked with Phoenix Central to host the Semester 1 Leadership Conference with Jerome Doresaimy.

Dayna Champion USQ Sportswoman of the Year Award
Dayna is the Sports Coordinator at McGregor College (USQ Residential Colleges) and assists in organising the Residential Shield Competition, which includes 23 different sports. She was also the captain of the Dodgeball, Touch Football and Netball team at the USQ v UQ Intervarsity Cup. Dayna holds a leadership position in the USQ Toowoomba Touch Football Club as the Social Coordinator. She volunteers her time to organise fundraising events as well as being the captain of the McGregor team each season.

Nicholas Jones USQ Sportsman of the Year Award
Nicholas is the Sports Coordinator at Concannon College (USQ Residential Colleges) and assists in organising the Residential Shield Competition, which includes 23 different sports. He was also the captain of the Touch Football team at the USQ v UQ Intervarsity Cup. Nicholas volunteers his hours at the USQ Toowoomba Touch Football Club to referee and captain the Concannon team each season. Additionally, he is an integral part of organising the Interfaith Soccer Challenge which is a community focused sporting event which aims to bring together the Catholic Diocese of Toowoomba and the Islamic Interfaith Association of Toowoomba.

Julia Allen Best UniSport Nationals Most Valuable Player Award
Julia captained the USQ Lawn Bowls team to an undefeated championship at the UniSport Nationals Division 1. Julia played singles for her team and hasn’t lost in the singles for her last 47 matches. She was also awarded Best Female Bowler at the 2018 UniSport Nationals Division 1.

Kate Taylor USQ Unsung Hero Award
Kate is the President of the USQ Tea Society where she is heavily involved in running the club and organising fundraising activities. She has represented her club at internal training days, and as a university leader at Business @ Dusk. She was an Event Steward at USQ’s stargazing world record attempt. She also assisted with the International Student’s Orientation, especially running the bus tour in Semester 1 and the Bush Dance in Semester 2. She is also an active volunteer with USQ Artsworx and contributes to the University as a USQ Student Ambassador.

Student Awards 2018