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Bright futures ahead for research award-winners

22 Nov 2016

Two up-and-coming young Faculty researchers were honoured with BEL Research Awards last Wednesday.

Acting BEL Executive Dean Professor Andrew Griffiths said the Faculty awards were established in 2015 to applaud promising Early Career Researchers and Research Higher Degree (RHD) candidates.

“Producing high-quality research is a key priority for the BEL Faculty,” he said.

“Our goal is to support and acknowledge these brilliant young researchers in the early stages of their careers, inspiring them to aim even higher in the years to come.”   

Peta Stephenson, TC Beirne School of Law
Peta Stephenson with Professor Andrew Griffiths

Peta Stephenson, a PhD candidate from the TC Beirne School of Law, received the Research Higher Degree Excellence in Research Award.

Ms Stephenson demonstrated her research prowess with her thesis exploring Commonwealth executive powers, a recent award for best RHD publication, and her work on a number of high-quality journal articles and book chapters printed by prestigious publishers such as Cambridge University Press.

Dr Kelvin Tan
Dr Kelvin Tan with Professor Andrew Griffiths

Dr Kelvin Tan, a Senior Lecturer in Finance at UQ Business School, received the Early Career Researcher Excellence in Research Award.

Dr Tan’s outstanding research in capital structures and econometrics has been published in A* journals and numerous A-ranked journal publications. Based on his flourishing research profile, Dr Tan has been invited to undertake applied research for the finance industry. He has also received a UQ Business School award for teaching excellence.

Both awardees received $2500 for future research funding and a personalised plaque and certificate.

The 2016 BEL Research Awards committee consisted of Professor Simon Bronitt from the TC Beirne School of Law, Professor Ian King from the School of Economics, Professor Robert Faff from UQ Business School, and Professor Victor Callan, Associate Dean (Research) from the BEL Faculty.

Professor Callan said the awards had gone from strength to strength since their introduction in 2015.

“We were very encouraged to see a significant increase in applications in 2016,” he said.

“We hope emerging BEL researchers continue to see the awards as something to strive for.” 

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