Call for Nominations:

Winifred Curtis Memorial Medal for Excellence in Science Education 2021

Dr Winifred Curtis, author of the five volumes of The Students’ Flora of Tasmania (published 1956 – 1994) was a truly remarkable Tasmanian. Having migrated from the UK in 1939, Dr Curtis took up a position with the Dept of Botany at UTAS in Hobart. As well as teaching and inspiring whole generations of students, Dr Curtis was also instrumental in establishing the present Tasmanian Herbarium in 1977. Such was her passion for Tasmanian plants that, thirty years after retirement, she was still working on the final volumes of her botanical guide. Even in her 90s, Winifred Curtis was ‘popping in’ to the University of Tasmania several times a week. After an active and productive life, Dr Winifred Curtis died in Hobart in 2005, her 101st year.

In a fitting tribute to an inspirational scientist and teacher STAT inaugurated the Winifred Curtis Memorial Medal for Excellence in Science Education, in 2006.


You are invited to nominate a colleague or colleagues who have demonstrated excellence in Science Education in Tasmania for the Winifred Curtis Memorial Medal.

Who can be nominated?

  • Any teacher (science educator) from Kindergarten to Grade 12 in all sectors
  • Any science educator/communicator based in industry (Education Centres, Museums etc.)

Nominations consist of:

  1. A completed nomination form (by nominator and nominee) showing membership of an appropriate professional association.
  2. Nominee’s current Curriculum Vitae (CV). (Attachment – maximum length: 2x A 4 pages Font size 11
  3. Nominator reference, which indicates the way the nominee displays exemplary professional knowledge, practice, and attributes. (no more 500 words per criteria)
  4. Nominee statement, addressing the selection criteria (no more than 500 words per criterion)A series of appendix documents (no more than 5) which demonstrates achievements and contributions in science education and/or innovative science programs conducted by the nominee.    (PDFs – 10 Mb maximum total size)
  5. Indication of the nominee’s willingness to:
  • attend the presentation gathering
  • prepared to attend STAT sponsored events
  • create an article for STATIC
  • participate in judging the next year’s Winifred Curtis Award.


 — Submissions for the Winifred Curtis Award are now closed —


Further information:

Email: Jenny Dudgeon, Awards Coordinator, Science Teachers Association of Tasmania (STAT), Inc.

The Medal, Certificate and prize-money of $1000, sponsored by STAT and the Faculty of Science, Engineering & Technology UTAS will be awarded at the 2022 CONSTAT Dinner.