The Institute of Earth Systems' Award for Academic Excellence is presented annually to qualifying students in recognition of outstanding academic achievement in their undergraduate studies.
In order to qualify for the Award for Academic Excellence, which is sponsored by the HSBC (Malta) Foundation, students must consistently obtain the highest results, including a minimum of 80 ECTS at grade A or better and a further 20 ECTS at grade B or better, during the first two years of the B.Sc. (Hons) in Earth Systems course.
The award for 2019 was presented to Ms Mandy Balzan and Ms Michaela Borg by Professor Joseph M. Cacciottolo, Pro-Rector for Academic Affairs, and the Institute’s Director, Professor Louis F. Cassar, during a ceremony held on 1 July 2019.
The presentation of certificates took place during the 2019 Earth Systems Graduate Launchpad, an event showcasing recent research projects undertaken by students reading for the Institute’s B. Sc. (Hons) in Earth Systems. Ten of the highest-graded dissertations from the last two years were selected for oral presentation during the event, which also included a poster session and an exhibition of students' photos from a field trip to Tenerife earlier in the year.
Since its inception in 2014, the Institute’s Award for Academic Excellence has been awarded to the following students:
2019: Ms Mandy Balzan and Ms Michaela Borg
2016: Ms Marta Falzon
2015: Mr Paul Galea
2014: Mr Martin Austad, Ms Cecilia Camilleri, and Mr Luca Pisani