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Education Convenor, Dr Hilary Yerbury, recently attended the School of Political and Social Sciences Faculty at USYD’s prize ceremony to award two annual GW-NSW prizes and met with impressive women students.

The Tish Proctor Postgraduate Prize recognises the ‘most proficient woman student doing postgraduate coursework study in public policy, administration and affairs in Government’ and this year went to Petra Croot.

Hilary met with Petra and her family before the prize-giving. Petra originally comes from country Victoria, and will be returning there as she’s working for one of the Victorian country shires. She said that she was quite astonished when she got the letter to say she’d won the prize. Petra was supported at the ceremony by her sisters and father. One of her sisters, is a recently appointed lecturer in Physics at The University of Sydney and spent her Post doctoral studies at Princeton. 

The Tish Proctor Memorial Undergraduate Prize recognises the ‘most proficient woman student in First Year Government’ and this year was awarded to Luiza Dorfman Knijnik. Unfortunately Luiza was unwell and could not attend.

The speaker was Jodi McKay who had been a graduate of a Master’s program in about 2016. Her talk, highlighted the versatility of one’s skill set, the importance of public service and the value of a good education.

We congratulate Petra and Luiza and wish them well in their continuing work and study. 

Petra receiving her award from A/Prof Anna Boucher