Student Award

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Expose your career potential with the ACE New Zealand Student Award. 

2019 Student Award winners Helena Li, Will Meng and Kurt Haywood with former ACE New Zealand president Ida Dowling and AECOM Managing Director Craig Davidson. 

See how you stack up against tomorrow’s engineering leaders by entering the Student Award to be in to win $1,500 cash.

You are about to start your exciting career in engineering. Whether supervising a busy workshop, undertaking research, designing buildings or building bridges, the work will be technically interesting, intellectually challenging and immensely varied. Engineering consultancy involves business management, entrepreneurship and client care. 

Who can enter? 

Entry is open to students who: 

  • are in their final year of the Washington Accord Bachelor of Engineering, and 

  • have completed the practical work report with an ACE New Zealand Member firm

How do I apply? 

Submit your Practical Work Report to your practical work coordinator at your university. They'll then review and submit up to six candidates for judging. Entry forms have been sent to your Work Coordinator. 

Details of the format and composition of the Practical Work Report are within your degree prescription.

Finalists nominated are judged by a panel of ACE New Zealand judges on the following:

  • Ability to describe the work undertaken

  • Observations of how the workplace operates and how you as the student fitted into this structure

  • Value of the work experience and relevance to your engineering career

  • Report writing skills, including layout, spelling, grammar and other technical report skills

The award is based on your ability to describe the work experience rather than the tasks undertaken.

Entries are to be restricted to a maximum of 25 pages, including attachments.

ACE New Zealand asks that you allow your name and name of your employer (company name) to be included in publicity material about the award. No details of your employer’s workplace or any of the work you undertook during the work experience will be made public without prior approval.

When is the deadline? 

Entries must be in by Friday 13 May. 

What's the prize? 

Up to three winners can be chosen to each receive a cash prize of $1,500 and tickets to the 2022 ACE Awards on Friday 2 September in Rotorua. 

Previous winners

2021

  • Xiaowei Lin, University of Auckland

  • Matthew Payne, University of Auckland

  • Sabrina Wong, University of Auckland

2020 

  • Alice Ying, University of Auckland

  • Githmi Amarasekera, University of Auckland

  • Devina Shedde, University of Auckland

2019

  • Will Meng, University of Auckland

  • Kurt Haywood, University of Auckland

  • Helena Li, University of Auckland

2018

  • Miguel Montalla, University of Auckland

  • Mathew Waghorn, University of Canterbury

  • Sheryl Wong, University of Canterbury

2017

  • Edward Hong, Auckland University of Technology (AUT)

  • Hayley Byun, University of Auckland

  • Michael Kennerley, University of Auckland

2016

  • Natalie Oliver-Caldwell, University of Auckland

  • Scott Cameron, University of Auckland

  • Theodore Carlos, University of Auckland

Terms and conditions

  • Winners are encouraged to attend the 2022 ACE Awards in Rotorua on Friday 2 September 2022. 
  • Transport costs and one night of accommodation will be provided for winners living outside of the awards location.   
  • Winners consent to their photo, name, employer, LinkedIn profile and university to be published in promotion of this award