Caleb Lo HDR Student Award

The annual Caleb Lo HDR Student Award

Caleb Lo completed his Bachelor of Business in Economics at QUT 2015-2017 and his Masters by Research in 2018. During this time Caleb was a member of the BEST Centre and a tutor in several undergraduate units at QUT. For those who were lucky enough to know Caleb, he had a passion for innovative experimental research, was an incredible writer, and had an infectious smile & personality.

In the second half of 2019 Caleb was awarded a scholarship to complete a PhD in Germany. Unfortunately, problems with his health interrupted his plans before he could begin his studies in 2020. After a short battle, Caleb passed away in early 2020.

The annual Caleb Lo HDR Student Award is in loving memory of our dear friend and colleague.


To be eligible for the award you must be a current or recently graduated Honours, Masters or PhD student, and present work at the conference that is/was part of your HDR degree. Students will be assessed on a range of criteria including but not limited to; method, knowledge of & contribution to the field, ability to present your discipline specific content to a lay audience, and novelty in both design and findings.

The BEST Centre encourages all students to enter no matter their development through their research journey, as all participants will be judged relative to their HDR progress.



  • Nikita Ferguson (BEST, QUT),“Winner effects in team interactions”
  • Amiee Smith (University of Technology Sydney), “Understanding the Effectiveness of Distant Appeals”





2020 (Inaugural Winners):

BEST Conference 2023

BEST Conference 2022

BEST Conference 2021

BEST Conference 2020

Caleb Lo HDR Student Award