ANU students shine at the world’s largest academic awards

14 November 2016

Two ANU students have won first prizes in the international Undergraduate Awards, the world's largest academic awards.

Natalia Beghin, from the College of Arts and Social Sciences, won the politics and international relations category, while Jacqueline Williams from the Colleges of Law and the Asia Pacific topped the law category.

This is the third year in a row that ANU students have won first prizes at the Undergraduate Awards.

Natalia wrote her essay, Perverting the Panopticon: Feminism, Peace, and the prospect of a 'new Totalitarianism', while on a study exchange in England.

"I was highly commended in the Undergraduate Awards prizes in 2015 and really liked the experience, so when I got the email from ANU I thought I'd apply again," said Natalia, who is undertaking a Bachelor of Arts and Master of International Affairs.

"I've always had a really big interest in peace-making and gender-based violence, and tried very hard to mix that into my essay."

Jacqueline's essay, Enforcement Regime of the Australian Securities & Investments Commission (ASIC) under Chapter 7 of the Corporations Act: Reform Required, tackles an aspect of the law some lawyers dislike.

"Many people say they don't like Corporations Law because it involves lots of rules, but that's why I like it. I like the regulatory frameworks of corporations law and how regulators are supposed to fix things if they don't work properly," Jacqueline said.

Jaqueline looks forward to graduating and using her academic skills in her career.

"Unlike many law students, I didn't initially choose to study law because I wanted to become a lawyer," she said.

"I enrolled because of the analytical skills the degree would help me to develop. But the more I've studied, the more interested in the law I've become."

The Undergraduate Awards recognise innovation and excellence at the undergraduate level. In 2016, the awards attracted 5,500 entries from 244 institutions in 41 countries.

Zack Drury, who studies at the ANU School of Politics and International Relations with Natalia, was highly commended for his politics and international relations essay.

ANU law students Amelia Noble, Harita Sridhar and Prashant Kelshiker were highly commended for their law essays. Amelia also studies music at ANU.