The Ian Laing Academic Prize is an annual undergraduate student prize of $1,000 awarded by the Hydrological Society in honour of Mr Ian Laing MSc BEng (1948 – 1986), a founding member and past chairman of the Society.

Applicants for the prize must have successfully completed the requirements for a Masters by Coursework qualification at a major South Australian tertiary institution in a water-sciences area. The disciplines include: hydrology, hydraulics, meteorology, hydrogeology, marine or freshwater ecology, aquatic chemistry, geomorphology, oceanography, water law, water resources planning and management.

Applicants will be assessed on the basis of:

  • Demonstration of a rigorous standard of research;
  • Academic performance; and,
  • Interview and presentation skills.

The successful applicant must be prepared to deliver a talk at one of the Technical Meetings of the Society on their project topic. In addition the winning applicant will be required to prepare a short paper for publication in the Society Newsletter.

Further information along with requirements for applications and submissions details can be found here. Applications should be sent via e-mail to by 6th December 2013.

Past Winners

2011 Hayden Tronnolone University of Adelaide Derivation and Solution of the Equations for Fluid Flow in Helical Channels
2010 Alison Miller University of Adelaide Effects of Large Roughness Elements in Low Flow Conditions.
2009 Fiona Paton University of Adelaide Optimising the reliability and sustainability of the Southern Metropolitan Adelaide Water Supply System