The Louise Webster Prize
Dr Louise Webster completed her PhD on southern planetary nebulae at Mount Stromlo and went on to hold positions overseas before returning as a Commissioning Astronomer at the AAT and an inaugural staff astronomer at the AAO.
In 1978 she joined the University of New South Wales, where she worked as an academic staff member until she passed away in 1990 at the age of 49, after a long illness.
In addition to her outstanding research contributions in the fields of planetary nebulae and X-ray binaries,
Louise was also passionate about the importance of mentoring her younger colleagues in the early stages of their research careers.
A brief outline of Louise's astronomical career has been written by John Storey and Don Faulkner (PASA 9 (1), 6-7, 1991).
The Louise Webster Prize
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The Louise Webster Prize is awarded annually by the Astronomical Society of Australia in recognition of outstanding research by a scientist early in their post-doctoral career. The Prize will be awarded on the basis of the scientific impact of a single research paper, which has the applicant as first author. The research paper can be in any area of astronomy or a closely related field.
The Prize consists of a medal together with an award of $1,000 and ASA membership for the following calendar year. The recipient will be invited to present a paper on their research at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the Astronomical Society of Australia, where the prize will be presented. Limited travel funds to support attendance at the ASA science meeting may be made available at the discretion of the ASA Council.
To be eligible for the Prize, the applicant:
* Acceptable leaves of absence from active research will be taken into consideration when determining eligibility.
A call for nominations is usually emailed out to the ASA membership in December each year, with a closing date for nominations during March (in the following year). Nominations can be from a Department Head or a colleague. Self-nominations are acceptable.
The prize is now open for nominations for 2015. The closing date is Friday, 13 March 2015.
Submissions must include:
The nomination materials should be addressed to:
Dr Tanya Hill
An assessment committee nominated by the ASA Council will evaluate the submitted materials and make a recommendation to the ASA Council. The decision of the Council is final, including the decision not to award the prize in any given year.