Awards, Media

The ABC Documentary Series “The School That Tried to End Racism” has been officially nominated for the 2021 Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) Award

The ABC documentary series (docuseries) “The School That Tried to End Racism” has been nominated for the AACTA Award under the category Best Documentary or Factual Program. This three-part docuseries follows a group of primary school students over the course of three weeks as they learn how to identify and ultimately, overcome racial prejudice. This eye-opening journey was guided by a team of educators and overseen by our lab director Professor Fiona White, the expert on the team.

The official AACTA ceremony is scheduled for December 8th. We wish Professor Fiona White and everyone that contributed to this docuseries the best of luck!

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Rachel awarded the Faculty of Science Postgraduate Research Prize for Outstanding Academic Achievement

SUPIR Lab member Rachel Maunder has been awarded the Faculty of Science Postgraduate Research Prize for Outstanding Academic Achievement for her meta-analysis on the effectiveness of intergroup contact interventions for reducing stigma against people with mental illness. This is a highly competitive award, with only one recipient selected in the School of Psychology each year. Well done, Rachel!

Awards, Conference

Rachel awarded the SASP Outstanding Postgraduate Research Award and Margaret Foddy Travel Award

This year, the Society of Australasian Social Psychologists (SASP) annual conference, to be hosted in Auckland, New Zealand, was cancelled due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, disappointing Ruth Kuntzman and Rachel Maunder who were scheduled to present their research.

Rachel had been selected for the prestigious Outstanding Postgraduate Research Award session as one of only four candidates. In lieu of what would have been excellent presentations, the SASP OPRA committee elected to choose the winner and runner up from the applications submitted for the session.

The judges unanimously decided to award Rachel first place, an award that comes with a $500 prize.

Rachel was also separately awarded the Margaret Foddy Travel Award, $300, as sponsorship to attend the conference. This is the third time Rachel has been chosen for this award.

Congratulations, Rachel!


Fiona attends the State of the Science Meeting in Washington DC

Earlier this month, our lab director Professor Fiona White attended the State of the Science Meeting on “Improving intergroup attitudes and interactions among youth”. Fiona received a special invitation by the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) to contribute to this landmark meeting in Washington DC.

Front Row (L to R): Christia Brown and Chuck Kalish
Back Row (L to R): Colin Tredoux, Linda Juang, Christina Rucinski, Deborah Rivas-Drake, Melanie Killen, Fiona White