Nominations are now open for USQ’s 2017 Student Awards. Each year, USQ celebrates students who have gone above and beyond in demonstrating the University’s values of respect, integrity and excellence both in the community and within USQ through sport, student clubs, and leadership.

Bachelor of Spatial Science (Honours) graduate Kate Lack received the 2015 USQ All Rounder Award, as well as the USQ Community Service Award and the title of 2016 USQ Sportswoman of the Year. Ms Lack is now a graduate surveyor with BHP in central Queensland mining town Moranbah, and credits the USQ Student Awards with helping her securing the position.

“Employers love to see applicants who are involved in their communities and willing to give something back,” she said.

“Larger companies who are invested in the local communities also prefer applicants with those same values.”

“The Student Awards really showcased my volunteering work and set me out from the crowd of other applicants who all had the same university degree. Application only takes a couple of minutes – it could be the difference between rejection and getting that interview,” she said.

USQ Student Engagement and Leadership Director Peter Munster encouraged current USQ students to nominate themselves or a peer by August 25.

“It is widely known that extra-curricular activities are a great way to improve your soft skills and also increase your employability,” said Munster.

Ten awards will be presented during a ceremony held in October 2017, including: USQ All Rounder Award, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Service Award, Community Service Award, Student Representative of the Year, Multicultural Community Service Award, Sportswoman of the Year, Sportsman of the Year, Australian University Sport Most Valuable Player, Highest Achieving USQ Club, and Unsung Hero Award.

Nominations close Friday, 25 August 2017.

Read about USQ’s top regional ranking here.