Professor Maria Parappilly


College of Science and Engineering

place Physical Sciences (3001)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Ph.D in Theoretical Particle Physics from The University of Adelaide (2006)

Honours, awards and grants


Finalist: The 2021 Australian Museum Eureka Prizes


Recipient: Medal of Order of Australia, Australia Day Honours 2020

First Runner-Up: 2020 Asia Pacific Engagement Leader of the Year: Entrepreneurship and Engagement Excellence Awards in Higher Education: ACEEU, Netherlands.


Winner: 2019 The Advertiser Woman of the Year- Coriole Top Innovator

Winner: Dean (Education) Award for Execllence in Teaching Innovations, College of Science and Engineering


Fellow: Australian Institute of Physics 2018 Elected as a Fellow_AIP

Chief Investigator: Australian Competitive Grants: Australian Government Department of Industry, Innovation and Science WISE Grant 2018:$167,960 Commonwealth Grant


Recipient: The 2017 South Australian Women's Honour Roll Honour roll for popular physics lecturer

Winner: The International 2017 D2L Innovation Award in Teaching and Learning (Physics)-Society for Learning and Teaching in Higher Education-Canada International Innovation Award


The National Science Week Grant: $15,000.

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Funding: STEM: Women Branching Out;$18,000


Winner: The Vice-Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching

Winner: National OLT Citation Award for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning-The Australian Awards for University Teaching.

Winner: The South Australian Science Excellence Awards: Early Career STEM Educator of the year –Tertiary Teaching.

Winner: Executive Dean's Award for Excellence in Teaching

Recipient: Faculty of Science and Engineering Research Establishment Funding: $20,000


Faculty of Science& Engineering Collaborative Research Initiative Project Grant 2014; $3000.

Faculty of Science & Engineering Research Establishment Funding 2014: $60,000 over three years.


Flinders University ETPPAFYC Grant: $4000.

Faculty Teaching and Learning Innovation Grant :$10,000.

Faculty Scholar, Faculty of Science and Engineering


Science and Mathematics network of Australian university educators-SaMnet Scholar

Grant awarded through the ALTC National Teaching Fellowship 2011 on Inquiry Oriented Learning


Flinders University Transition Grant 2007:

PANIC05 (Particle and Nuclei International Conference, Santa Fe, USA) Student Award 2005

Key responsibilities

Director and Chief Investigator: STEM Enrichment Academy

Academic Lead: International Student Recruitment and Outreach

Accreditation Panel Member: Australian Institute of Physics

Course Co-ordinator: Bachelor of Science (Physics)

Teaching interests
PHYS1701 Physics for the Modern World
PHYS1702 Physics for the Health Sciences
PHYS1101 Fundamental Physics I
PHYS1102 Fundamental Physics II
PHYS1332 Physics for Engineers
Topic coordinator
PHYS1101 Fundamental Physics I (S2)
PHYS1701 Physics for the Modern World (NS2)
PHYS1701 Physics for the Modern World (S1)
PHYS1332 Physics for Engineers (S2)
STEM8001 Research Methods and Professional Skills
ENGR1732 Engineering Mechanics
Topic lecturer
PHYS1332 Physics for Engineers
PHYS1101 Fundamental Physics I
PHYS1701 Physics for the Modern World
ENGR1732 Mechanical and Electrical Fundamentals
STEM8001 Reserach Methods and Professional Skills
Supervisory interests
Education, physics
Science education
Higher degree by research supervision
Principal supervisor: Science Education (1)
Associate supervisor: Physics Education (1)
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