James McWha Rising Star Award

The James McWha Rising Star Award recognises young alumni who are making a significant contribution as emerging leaders within their profession and/or within their community.

2019 recipients

Ms Hannah Wandel

Ms Hannah Wandel was only 24 when she founded the not-for-profit organisation Country to Canberra, which runs programs that provide education, leadership and mentorship opportunities for young women in regional and remote Australia.

“The more remote you go in Australia, the tougher it can be for kids to access career and education opportunities.

“Now, five years later, we have four incredible programs, we’ve been able to meet people like Prime Minster Scott Morrison, Julie Bishop and Tanya Plibersek, and empower and reach thousands of young women. This is something I’m really proud of,” Hannah said.

Associate Professor Kristin Carson-Chahhoud

Associate Professor Kristin Carson-Chahhoud had never been to university when she was accepted in 2011 to the University of Adelaide, resulting in a PhD focussing on tobacco avoidance.

She completed her thesis, which earned her the Dean’s Commendation for Doctoral Thesis Excellence, while working full-time for SA Health as one of the youngest Senior Medical Research Scientists. Kristin, named 2015 SA Young Australian of the Year, has received a South Australian Tall Poppy award and a 100 Women of Influence award, among a wealth of other accolades.

Kristin aims to close the gap between clinical research trials and real-world patient care. “I want my research to make a difference and to improve patient care, and I want to see the changes happen in the real world and in real time,” Kristen said.

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  • Past recipients

    2017 James McWha Award of Excellence

    On Friday 24 November 2017, the University of Adelaide presented the James McWha Award of Excellence to alumna Ms Annabel Crabb at the annual Distinguished Alumni Awards ceremony.

    Ms Annabel Crabb

    Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws (1997)
    A political journalist, author and media personality, Ms Crabb has been a journalist for major print publications in Australia and in London and has won a prestigious Walkley Award.

    In recognition of excellence in her career, and being an outstanding role model for other graduates.

    Award recipients before 2017

For further information about the 2019 Vice-Chancellor's Alumni Award, please contact alumni@adelaide.edu.au