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The Thomas H Laby medal for the best Honours or Masters thesis from an Australian University was established in 2018 to commemorate Thomas H. Laby, and is based on the former Laby Medal, which was awarded annually by the Victorian Branch between 1992-2009 for the most outstanding Victorian Honours Physics student thesis.
The award consists of a medal, certificate and monetary prize of $1000, and one year membership of the AIP. The medal will be presented to the chosen candidate at the AIP Congress in Congress years and in non-Congress years at the AIP Summer Meeting. Reasonable expenses in attending the presentation will be met by the Council of the AIP.
The award is supported by a generous bequest from the late Betty Laby, daughter of Thomas Howell Laby. Up to two awards will be made each year.
Completion of the Thomas H Laby Medal nomination form. This nomination form requires the nominee to provide:
Thesis quality will be judged on the:
Each university may submit either one nomination, or two nominations if the candidates are of different genders.
The nomination from each university should reach the Secretary of the local State Branch committee of the AIP by 1 April each year. Please do not send university nominations to the Awards Coordinator directly. They must be assessed by the State Branch first.
Branches may submit one nomination, or two nominations if the candidates are of different genders. Large branches (VIC, NSW) may submit up to three nominations, provided the candidates are not all of the same gender.
The best thesis/theses, as selected by the State Branch committee, is then forwarded to the AIP Awards Coordinator to the by 1 June each year.
Candidates are only eligible to apply for this award once.
2023 Martha Reece, Australian National University
2022 Katherine Curtis, Australian National University
2021 Ethan Payne, Monash University
2020 Matthew Goh, Australian National University
2019 Simon White, University of Technology Sydney