The University of Western Australia's presence in the virtual world of Second Life is one of 10 entrants from more than 130 nominations worldwide to be shortlisted for an international competition.
The Linden Prize awards US$10,000 (A$12,000) for an innovative project that improves the way people work, learn and communicate in their daily lives outside of the virtual world.
Jay Jay Jegathesan, from UWA's School of Physics, was nominated for his role in developing UWA in Second Life since it was launched by UWA Vice-Chancellor Professor Alan Robson last October.
Mr Jegathesan said that the reason for the nomination was the successful integration of four main elements: the representation of iconic real-life architecture, teaching through the second life 3D virtual medium in degree programs, visualisation research, and the promotion of arts.
"The UWA presence is comprehensive and caters to every strata of society, ranging from the general public, current and prospective students, alumni, visitors, and researchers," he said.
The winner will be announced on Monday, May 31.