Student Leadership Award winners

2017 winners

Nalongded Luanglath

2017 QUT Alumni Student Leader of the Year

Nalongded is an active student leader with exceptional personal qualities and an outstanding academic record.

A recipient of the Australia Awards Scholarship, Nalongded has contributed to the success of many QUT international students. Nalongded founded the QUT Lao Student Club and has served as Treasurer for the QUT Business and Management Student Association. He is a founding member of the QUT Australia Awards Club, is an active Australia Awards Student Mentor and represents the Lao Student Association for the QUT Committee of Presidents.

During his Bachelor of Business degree, Nalongded achieved a GPA of 6.75 and was awarded The Dean’s Award for Excellence (2016). In 2016 he received the QUT Business School International Undergraduate Prize, and his Australia Awards Scholarship was extended for him to pursue an Honours degree as a result. Nalongded was accepted into the QUT College of Excellence and also the Golden Key International Society.

Outside of QUT, Nalongded served as President of the Lao Student Association of Queensland and is an active role model for young people with disabilities in Laos. Despite having physical challenges as a person with Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI), Nalongded’s commitment and enthusiasm in all activities is admirable. He has been able to use his platform as a scholarship recipient to encourage others in Laos to pursue a similar path.

Ria Bhagat

Student Leadership Excellence Award winner

Ria will graduate in 2018 with a Bachelor of Journalism and a Bachelor of Laws. She has been involved in several activities during her time here at QUT, including the EastWest program, Humans of QUT and The Big Lift.

As the 2016 President of the Big Lift, Ria helped to expand volunteer activities, recruiting more members into the organisation and raising significant awareness of the program.

Ria was also one of five university students in Australia to plan and present on the future of higher education at a summit of delegates comprised of university Vice-Chancellors and key leaders. She had a media internship with Amnesty International, and throughout her time as a student, she was invited to speak at a variety of QUT and community activities.

Timothy Hui

Student Leadership Excellence Award winner

Tim will graduate at the end of 2018 with a Bachelor of Business and a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) and holds a position as a student engineer at Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital.

Many programs at QUT have benefitted from Tim’s involvement, including QUT Starters, the Student Society Fellowship of Medical Engineers, the Engineering Advisory Committee, the peer advisor program, the student ambassador program and TEDX QUT.

In the broader community, Tim was part of the founding executive of the Human Bionics Student Association Queensland and a mentor at the Ipswich based regional innovation hub, Fire Station 101. He was also chosen by Ernst and Young to participate in the Game Changers Leadership Program, and was one of three QUT students chosen to take part in the University Scholars Leadership Symposium in Cambodia.

Julian Loh

Student Leadership Excellence Award winner

Julian will graduate in 2019 with a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) and currently holds a GPA of 6.667. He has been involved with a variety of activities since starting at QUT, including the Mechanical Engineering Student Society, EastWest, QUT Connectors, the Vice-Chancellor’s Mentor program, the Leadership, Development and Innovation (LDI) mentoring program, the Student Leadership Conference, the Training Institute Camp, and was a 2016 College of Excellence Fellow.

Julian has been a passionate Student Recruitment Ambassador since 2015. He is currently employed as a sessional academic at QUT and is a tutor throughout Brisbane. He received an Engineers Without Borders 2017 Humanitarian Design Summit Scholarship to engage with a small Mekong River community in Cambodia. He also was awarded a prestigious New Colombo Plan Scholarship, which will allow him to study in Hong Kong later this year and into 2018.

As a volleyball competitor, Julian has also received gold and bronze medals at a state and national level.

Josh Loyd

Student Leadership Excellence Award winner

Josh is pursuing a Bachelor of Engineering and is expected to graduate in 2018. He has been involved in a wide range of activities across QUT, including acting as an Oodgeroo Unit Student Ambassador, as well as a Peer and Senior Peer Career Ambassador for QUT Careers & Employment.

Josh was recruited to join the QUT Steering Committee for Employability & e-Learning in 2016, and in 2017 he was asked to be part of the Co-Curricular Record Advisory Group. In 2015, Josh was a Student Ambassador for the Indigenous Australian Science and Infrastructure Development (SID) Winter School, and he played a key role in redeveloping this program in 2016. He also assisted in facilitating the Science and Engineering Challenge which was held at QUT in 2017.

In the broader community, Josh is most proud of his work as a non-executive director for Pinion Kinnections, a social enterprise aimed at minimising the digital divide for Indigenous Australians and as the program manager for the SID School.

Chenoa Masters

Student Leadership Excellence Award winner

Chenoa will graduate in 2018 with a Bachelor of Education (Secondary). Her QUT activities have included being both an Oodgeroo Unit and Equity Student Ambassador, a Student Success Advisor, a Students as Partners member and a Student Recruitment Ambassador. She volunteers as the Indigenous Support Officer at Epic, coaches several sports and travels overseas to volunteer as a teacher or worker.

Chenoa represented the Oodgeroo Unit at the National Indigenous Tertiary Education Student Games in 2015, and QUT Whips Netball and QUT Basketball at the Northern and Australian university games. She starting volunteering at Lourdes Hill College as part of the Santa Teresa Spiritual Immersion program in 2012 and continues working as a coach and volunteer with the religion department, educating students in Indigenous Spirituality. She has volunteered for Red Frogs, VOICE Australia and Australia Volunteers International in Vanuatu. At age 19, she spent one month living in a rural community in the Maldives teaching year six and seven maths to students.

In 2016, Chenoa was awarded the prestigious CIS Australian Global Express Pass Scholarship, which allowed her to spend six weeks on a volunteer project in the Philippines, she will complete a 6 week study program in Chicago and she will complete a four week internship program in Spain later this year.

Fred Duku Silver

Student Leadership Excellence Award winner

Fred is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Business and a Bachelor of Laws (Honours). He is an Ambassador for the Explore Uni program, the Faculty of Law Founders’ Scholarship and the Learning Potential Fund.

Fred’s family came to Australia as Ugandan refugees 10 years ago, and he learned the value of education when his father, at the age of 50, enrolled in a university degree to better himself and his family. Fred took these lessons and has made a commitment to social change, leading to him representing QUT at the 2016 United Nations Summer Youth Assembly in New York.

In 2016, Fred established The Shining Snowflake (TSSF), an organisation that envisions building a safe environment for the homeless. In 2015, he created Duku Inspires – working as a motivational speaker to inspire others to pursue their dreams and believe in themselves. He also contributes content to Thrive Global, whose mission is to end the stress and burnout epidemic by offering science-based solutions to enhance both well-being and performance. Fred has been an Edmund Rice Advocacy tutor and camp volunteer and he has volunteered at Breakfast for Homelessness for the past 2 years.

Damien Slinger

Student Leadership Excellence Award winner

Damien will graduate in July with a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical Engineering and Project Management) and has a GPA of 6.963. He has been involved with several organisations, including the College of Excellence, the Golden Key International Honour Society, the Mechanical Engineering Student Society, QUT Motorsports and the Electrical Concept Car Team. He also participated in QUT GEM’s ‘Do it in a Dress’ campaign in 2015.

Damien has been involved with QUT Connect since 2013, is a sessional academic, a STEM lead ambassador, a Widening Participation lead ambassador, and was a STIMulate Peer Learning facilitator from 2013 – 2014.

In 2013 and 2014, Damien was a volunteer with the Science and Engineering Challenge. He became a Vice-Chancellor’s Mentor in 2014, as well as a mentor in the Dean’s Program, and a Peer Career Ambassador. In 2015 he was part of QUT’s Biomaterials and Tissue Morphology team helping to design QUT’s first 3D chocolate printer.

Kristy Winter

Student Leadership Excellence Award winner

Kristy will graduate later this year with a Masters of Applied Science by Research in Health. During her time at QUT, Kristy has been a volunteer Peer Learning Facilitator and Executive member of the STIMulate Support for Learning program, a member of the College of Excellence, as well as a QUT Connector. Kristy was also a very active and involved member of the Leadership Development Innovation Program, and has held offices in the QUT Society of Anatomical Sciences, where she set up a peer program.

In 2015, Kristy was awarded the Student Services Student Volunteer of the Year. She is currently employed as a sessional academic and received a 2016 Vice-Chancellor’s Excellence Award (Team) as she and her colleagues designed a project that ensured a more equitable delivery of anatomy for education for nursing students engaged in a particular course at the Caboolture Campus.

Kristy is also a volunteer with the Abbey Museum of Art and Archaelogy where, in 2015, she was Assistant Volunteer Coordinator for the Museum’s Medieval Festival.

Past award winners

2016 winners

Student Leader of the Year
Nicholas Johnson
Special Excellence Award
Adam Hibble
Excellence Awards
Joeanne Allen
Matthew Connop
Jade Hourigan-Scammell
Jenna-Maree Jacob
Joshua Maguire
Vossco Nguyen
Jack Nolan
Tiana Reimann

2015 winners

Student Leader of the Year
Tri Mulyani Sunarharum
Special Excellence Award winners
Amy Gunnell
Sam Turner
Excellence Award winners
Anja Ali-Haapala
Melissa Blacklock
Allison Boland
Corey Curran
Olivia Hutchinson
Sean Melis
Eddie Robinson
Kevin Yow Yeh

2014 winners

Student Leader of the Year
Jyi Lawton
Special Excellence Award winner
Thomas Davies
Excellence Award winners
Vincent Balmes
Melissa Blacklock
Tianna Camilleri
Bikram Chadha
Courtney Coombs
David Lewis
Ben McGarry
Stacey Percival
Zachary Van Haaften-Thompson

2013 winners

Student Leader of the Year
Brody Foy
Student Leadership Excellence Award and Special Excellence Award
Kerryn Chung
Student Leadership Excellence Award
Kassandra Buckle
Joel Fernandes
Laura McCosker
Daniel Nutley
Laura Pegg
Manisha Senadeera
Elisabeth Snow
Luke Swetman

2012 winners

Student Leader of the Year
Erin Gregor
Student Leadership Excellence Award
Wadzanai Chiwira
Rebecca Daynes
Jodie Farthing
Louise McDonald
Kirralee Parsons
Natalie Reason
Edward Robinson
Jonathan Row
Peter Von Einem

2011 winners

Student Leader of the Year
Jeremy Baldwin
Student Leadership Excellence Award
Melanie Arnost
Michael Attard
Ashley Duggan
Ivan Ingram
Liqin (Jessica) Kong
Laura Parker
Ngam Kim Truong
Yeting (Vivian) Xiao
Brigitte Yap

2010 winners

Student Leader of the Year
Arlou Arteta
Student Leadership Excellence Award
Darren Cann
Ashleigh Coome
Anja Homburg
Lisa Kingsberry
Karen Lewis
Naleesha Niranjan
Stephanie Parkin
Benjamin Schostakowski
Daniel Townson

2009 winners

Student Leader of the Year
Katrina Bukauskas
Student Leadership Excellence Award
Tara Haskins
Deanna Hood
Tanya Kretschmann
Madeline McIntyre
Penelope Mee Lee
Chloe Parker
Renee Robbie
Robyn Shenfield
Petrina Underwood

2008 winners

Student Leader of the Year
Sarah Moran
Student Leadership Excellence Award
David Adams
Yasotha Balakrishnan
Daniel Brennan
Kelly McNamara
Ellen Nicholas
Timothy O'Shea
Tiara Shaqif
Helen Stylianou
James Ward

2007 winners

Student Leader of the Year
Michelle Mills
Student Leadership Excellence Award
Michael D'Onofrio
Sandi Dawson
Shane Degen
Samantha Laidlaw Thompson
Yen Ngo
Rebecca Shaw
James Tilbury
Ashlea White
Helena Wu

2006 winners

Student Leader of the Year
Alison Macintyre
Student Leadership Excellence Awards
Hayley Angell
Nemenja Antic
Deanna Borland-Sentinella
Joshua Caerio
Lauren Carr
Sandra Kafrouni
Damian Leonard
Nikketah McGrath
John Zunker

2005 winners

Student Leader of the Year
Rachael Truscott
Student Leadership Excellence Awards
Anna Crossin
Emmelene Gray
Chandni Gupta
Ruth Hosking
Kristiana Kilvert
Leanne Linard
Meggie Palmer
Bridie Scott-Parker


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