Fifty50, the Engineering Students Association (ESA), the Computer Science Students Association (CSSA), Robogals and Engineers without Borders ACT have swept the 2016 ANUSA Clubs and Societies Awards night, claiming three prestigious titles!
Representatives from the associations accepted their awards at the annual ANU Students’ Association Awards night on Saturday 22 October 2016.
Fifty50 took out the Best New Club or Society Award.
Founded in 2015, Fifty50 strives to achieve gender equity in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) at ANU through mentoring programs, increasing the visibility of role models, engaging the wider community in STEM gender equity, and advocating for policy change.
Incoming Presidents of Fifty50, Jordan Smith and Georgina Ims believe the award represents the positive impact Fifty50 has had on the CECS student population.
“Many hours of hard work has gone into making Fifty50 a success in our first year. We feel grateful for the support of the student body at ANU and we are honoured to have our achievements recognised through this award. This is a great way to celebrate a successful 2016 and motivates us to improve and expand Fifty50 further in 2017.”
The ESA took home the Best Club (100+ members) Award. The association runs a myriad of activities each year, including barbeques, a ball and trivia night, movie nights, careers fairs and student versus staff sport matches.
“We're extremely excited to win this award. We have been planning events, engaging industry and turning sausages on the BBQ all year, and to have our hard work recognised is awesome.
2016 in particular has been a huge year, and this award acknowledges that it's our best yet! With the introduction of more international, media and industry committee positions, 2017 is set to be even better!” said President of the ESA, Emily Campbell.
The ANU Innovation Challenge, hosted by College associations Fifty50, ESA, CSSA, Robogals and Engineers without Borders ACT was awarded Best Collaborative Event.
Held on September over a 24 hour period, 80 ANU students, 30 high school students and 12 ANU academics formed teams, working together to find solutions to problems within the humanitarian, health and data analysis fields.
"The Challenge demonstrated the drive, passion, and ability of CECS - and more broadly, STEM - students, to improve and diversify the student experience at ANU", said Francesca MacLean, one of the event organisers.
Dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science, Professor Elanor Huntington, has congratulated all associations on their awards.
“The success of the College’s associations and societies at the recent ANUSA/PARSA awards night is a testament to our vibrant and active student cohort, which contributes to a richer student experience at the ANU.”
To find out more about the vibrant campus life at ANU, and clubs and societies across campus, visit the ANU Students’ Association website.