Rebecca Randall (Becca), a science communication honours student, has been awarded the Tillyard Prize this year.
The Tillyard Prize is awarded to a student whose personal qualities and contributions to University life have been outstanding and who has completed in the relevant year a degree of bachelor with honours, first or second class.
Becca’s honours thesis, entitled “Can you hear me? Here’s how I’ll help you” – How young Australians talk about suicide on Facebook and how they react when others do the same” – investigates the idea that young people may be communicating about suicide on social media, specifically Facebook. The thesis received a mark of 83 and Becca overall achieved a result of Honours First Class.
Her contributions to the life of the ANU and the community include her position as Deputy Disabilities Officer with ANUSA this year, her co-creation of the 'Spoons campaign', the biggest ANU disability awareness campaign in living memory, and her involvement with community organisations mainly concerned with mental health, including the Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre, the Smith Family’s iTrack program, ReachOut.com, and the Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs Association of the ACT.
The Prize will be presented at the Conferring Ceremony for undergraduate science students on Thursday 13 December.
Becca will receive $1,000 and a citation will be read at the ceremony.