A sidney prize is an award given to a person or organisation who has made a significant contribution to society. This can include an individual’s contribution to the arts or science, their work with communities and even their contributions to the economy. The awards are decided on a national basis and are awarded at a ceremony at the end of each year. The winners are recognised for their past achievements and the potential that they have to continue to make a difference in Australia in the future.
There are many different ways to apply for a sidney prize and it is important to know what the requirements are before applying. The awards are designed to recognise people who have done great things for humanity and are a good way to encourage others to do the same. There are also several benefits of winning a sidney prize that you should be aware of before applying.
The Sidney Hook Memorial Award is a major annual award given to a scholar who has demonstrated national distinction in scholarship, undergraduate teaching, and leadership in the cause of liberal arts education. The prize is named in memory of the late Sidney Hook, a distinguished Phi Beta Kappa member who was committed to the ideals of liberal education.
This year’s Sydney prize went to the Black Lives Matter movement, an international coalition of activists dedicated to promoting human rights and non-violence. The movement was founded in the United States by Patrisse Cullors, Alicia Garza and Opal Tometi after George Zimmerman’s acquittal in the killing of black teenager Trayvon Martin. The prize is sponsored by the Sydney Peace Foundation and honours a nominee who promotes “peace with justice” through the use of non-violence.
In the laboratory, Sid was willing to challenge accepted dogma, but he was very cautious and always backed up his ideas with solid evidence. He believed that it was the responsibility of every scientist to be able to question current knowledge and to stand up for what they believe in. His steadfast conviction that the truth was self-evident was the reason why his colleagues respected him so highly.
As Dean of Yale College in the mid-1980s, Sid provided stewardship during the revision of the undergraduate curriculum, ensuring that students would gain an appreciation of the arts and humanities as well as gaining excellence in their chosen field of study. He also strove to ensure that non-scientists could recognize the value of science.
In 2004, New York Times columnist David Brooks established the SS Sidney Prize for long-form essays on politics and culture. The first prize was given to Amanda Hess for her piece on online sexism, and the most recent one was given to Brooks and William Zinsser for their piece on student hypersensitivity, which can lead to mental health issues and prevent them from being prepared for the real world. The foundation also awards a monthly SS Sidney Journalism award for investigative journalism in service of the common good.