James Moore Memorial Prize







James Moore Memorial Prize in Palaeontology

Description, Selection Criteria and Application Form




James Moore (1990–2014) was a dedicated young Flinders University scientist originally from Whyalla. His passion was palaeontology, the study of fossils. James became hooked on fossils as a high-school student after he grasped an opportunity to participate in Flinders Palaeontology expeditions to collect the bones of ancient megafauna. He loved the thrill of travelling to remote sites and back through time to discover remains of weird and wonderful animals from Australia’s past. James was passionate about helping school students to learn about Australian fossils, and encouraging them to interact with scientists and become involved in research.


In honour of James, Flinders University established the James Moore Memorial Prize in Palaeontology in 2015 for regional South Australian high-school students. From 2017 two prizes will be awarded, one for a regional student and one for a metropolitan student.

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Senior high-school students with an interest in actively participating in scientific research, especially palaeontology, are encouraged to apply for the prize, which consists of:

  1. An opportunity to participate in a one-week expedition with Flinders University palaeontologists during the October or Summer School Holidays, and to undertake work experience in the Flinders Palaeontology Laboratory during the Summer School Holidays;
  2. $400 cash.


In 200 words or less, tell us why you think palaeontology is interesting and important, and why you would like to participate in a scientific expedition with palaeontologists.


To be eligible applicants must:

  • Be a resident of South Australia;
  • Be in year 10, 11 or 12 at high school;
  • Submit an application by the deadline that addresses the selection criteria; and
  • Be chosen by the selection committee as the best regional* or best metropolitan application.

*The winner for the regional prize will be chosen from applicants who normally reside outside of the Adelaide metropolitan area (as defined by the Australian Bureau of Statistics Local Council areas).


Deadline Friday 31st May 2019


Where to send applications

Please send applications via email to Professor Gavin Prideaux: gavin.prideaux@flinders.edu.au, with ‘James Moore Memorial Prize’ in the Subject line. Email or telephone Gavin (8201 2305) if you have any enquiries.


Recap of the 2016 Prize winner: https://news.flinders.edu.au/blog/2017/05/01/16788/ 

Recap of 2017 Prize winner: http://news.flinders.edu.au/blog/2017/11/01/ki-keisha-digs-fossil-experience/ 

Recap of the 2018 Prize winner: https://blogs.flinders.edu.au/fit/2019/03/19/students-dig-palaeontology-prize/