We strive to help regional scientists get national recognition, award prize money to help scientists pursue more research, attend international conferences and buy new equipment. We also strongly believe in recognising and rewarding top regional secondary school science students and aim to create opportunities for their scientific careers to prosper.
Kudos Awards Nominations
Resulting in 101 Winners and 284 Finalists
Awarded in Prize Money
Funding future research and breakthroughs
Science Spinners Students
Finding new passions from STEM workshops
The Kudos Awards
New Zealand’s premier regional science excellence awards. Each year, the Kudos Awards recognise top scientists from the Greater Waikato Region, now including the Bay of Plenty area. The Kudos are New Zealand’s most prestigious regional science awards, supporting our region’s reputation as a vital incubator for creative research discoveries and cutting-edge technology. This region is a thriving, and expanding, hub of science, with the highest number of scientists and laboratory technicians per capita in its workforce in New Zealand, with some of our local scientists featuring in the top 1% of most influential scientists worldwide.
Nominations for the 2023 Kudos Awards are now open!
Our youth engagement project helping to “demystify the sci” in STEM.
Our project focuses on the Science/STEM success of our Maori and Pasifika students and low decile high schools, with the following aims to:
- Ignite an interest in Science and STEM subjects
- Build aspirations for higher academic achievement
- Uncover the exciting world of Science/STEM careers
Home of Waikato’s first original “hands-on Science rotational programme” “The Creative Lab” focusses on four streams of science, and was established by our team in 2015. In 2017 our Digital programme “CODEHub” was introduced, followed by “STEMHub” with a focus in 2020/21 on STEM across engineering trades.
Advocate & Collaborate
As the region’s independent advocate for science and research excellence, the Kudos Science Trust together with loyal partners and key stakeholders are working to connect local industry with community to support citizen science engagement and science education. Contact us for more information.
The Trust also support international research collaboration, and together with Tourism New Zealand support our local scientists bid to host international conferences.
Whether in the lab or the field, our scientists help the Waikato contribute more than its fair share to the growth of science and entrepreneurial business. Here, we share their stories, celebrate their discoveries and acknowledge their research and hard work. Let’s give them some kudos!