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The following prizes for Honours are awarded by the School each year:
The J. J. McNeill Prize is for the top ranked Honours student in Physics or Astrophysics.
John James McNeill was an outstanding optical physicist whose career spanned 40 years working at both CSIRO and Monash.
The Rodney L. Turner Prize is awarded each year for the best Honours research project thesis in Physics or Astrophysics. This prize is made possible through the generosity of Dr Rodney Turner.
Dr Turner was among one of the first cohorts of undergraduate physics students at Monash, enrolling in 1962. He holds a masters degree in information systems from RMIT University in addition to a masters degree in education, and a PhD in information systems, from Monash. Dr Turner has held teaching positions at RMIT, Victoria University and Swinburne University. His research interests are in information systems education and technology in developing nations. In this context he has worked on Australian aid projects in the Philippines and in China.
Dr Turner has had success in a variety of areas outside of physics. However, he maintains a life-long interest in experimental physics from his undergraduate studies at Monash. As such, he specifically wanted to acknowledge the project work of an outstanding Honours student and we are delighted to have this award named after him.
The Astrophysics Top Honours Student Prize (formerly MoCA Prize*) is for the best Honours student in Astrophysics.
The former Monash Centre for Astrophysics (MoCA) was a Monash research centre hosted by the School of Physics and Astronomy. MoCA had the focus for a wide variety of research at the University, national and international levels.