ACU philosophy student receives prestigious PESA award

Wednesday, 3 August 2011

Australian Catholic University (ACU) PhD student Steven Stolz has received the Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia (PESA) doctoral scholarship award for 2011.

The scholarship is valued at $10,000 and is awarded to support and encourage doctoral students to advance philosophical discussion in relation to education.

Steven StolzProfessor Janis Ozolins, Professor of Philosophy at ACU (left) and Steven Stolz.

Steven is currently completing a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) at the University’s Melbourne Campus.

A chapter of his thesis, entitled Does sport and physical education have an important role to play in educational institutions? has been submitted for review in the internationally recognised academic journal Education Philosophy and Theory (EPAT).

Steven said it was both an honour and a privilege to receive the highly competitive award.

“Receiving recognition from PESA reinforces and confirms that my work is relevant and that I am on the right path,” he said.

The 35 year-old’s research was supervised by Professor Janis Ozolins, PESA scholarship manager and Professor of Philosophy at ACU, and co-supervised by Dr John Quilter, philosophy lecturer at the Strathfield Campus.

For Professor Ozolins, this is the first time one of his students has received this award.

“I am very pleased that Steven has been commended for his efforts as his thesis explores a very interesting and novel area of research,” he said.

Steven will be officially presented with the award at the PESA Conference in New Zealand later this year, where he will also present a paper on his research.