The University of Newcastle, Australia

Beryl Nashar Young Researcher Award

The Beryl Nashar Young Researcher Award recognises the emerging research accomplishments of early- and mid-career alumni researchers.

Past recipients achievements include impactful research across health, medicine, sport science and the environment.

Nominees must comply with the following selection criteria

  • Hold a minimum undergraduate Bachelor degree from the University of Newcastle
  • Be aged 35 years or younger at the time of nomination
  • Demonstrate outstanding achievement and/or contribution to any field of research.

Nominations for the 2021 Alumni Excellence Awards will open early next year. View our Nomination Guidelines and FAQs for more information on our nomination process.

Beryl Nashar, Australian pioneer for women in STEMM

Professor Beryl Nashar was a pioneer of women in STEMM. Born in Maryville in 1923, the eldest of four children, Beryl was an outstanding school student. She completed her Leaving Certificate at Newcastle Girls High School, topping the state in biology, and went on to become the first in her family to go to university. She completed an honours science degree at the University of Sydney, winning the university medal and receiving a research scholarship.

After one day in a teaching role at Hunter Girls High School, Beryl was offered a position at the University of Tasmania - which she accepted.

She went on to achieve more firsts, including being the first Australian woman to be awarded a Rotary Foundation Fellowship, being the first Australian to be awarded a PhD in geology from an Australian university and then, becoming the first dean of science at an Australian University - here at the University of Newcastle.

Beryl published four books and 30 research papers. She was on the board of directors for the Royal Newcastle Hospital for 16 years, as well as the Faculty of Medicine and the Greater Newcastle Building. She was actively involved with the Federation of Business and Professional Women, holding the role of international president in 1974.