Prizes and Medals


Gold Medal

The Council shall have the power to award an annual medal for outstanding achievements in Zoology in southern Africa, such achievements need not necessarily be limited to research results. Candidates shall be proposed and seconded by members of the Society each year. Should more than three nominations be received, a subcommittee consisting of the President, Vice-President and Honorary Secretary will narrow down the number of nominees to three. These will then be tabled at a Council meeting for a decision by ballot. The award shall be made at the banquet during the annual symposium. Council shall have the power to hold over the award if suitable candidates are not forthcoming.

Stevenson-Hamilton Award

Council shall have the power to make an annual award in the form of a citation, medal, and certificate to an amateur zoologist for exceptional contribution(s) to zoology. It could be awarded to any non-professional zoologist. Candidates shall be proposed and seconded by members of the Society each year. Should more than three nominations be received, a subcommittee consisting of the President, Vice-President and Honorary Secretary will narrow down the number of nominees to three. These will then be tabled at a Council meeting for a decision by ballot. The award shall be made at the banquet during the annual symposium. Council shall have the power to hold over the award if suitable candidates are not forthcoming.

Awards at ZSSA Meetings

A scientific meeting shall be held at least every second year and if possible annually. Prior to, or at the Annual General Meeting, Council shall call for invitations to decide on a venue and theme for the next scientific meeting. Meetings shall preferably be held at different venues in successive years. Papers read at these meetings may be submitted for publication in the Society’s Journal in the usual way. Special numbers of the Journal need not necessarily be produced.

Council may present an annual student prize for the best paper presented by a student at the annual scientific meeting. All bona fide full-time students registered at any University qualify to enter. The prize will be a citation and a cash reward of R300, and will be presented either at the Banquet or at the closure of the meeting.

An extended summary of the paper to be presented will be requested and should be available in advance of the meeting. Both the extended abstract and the oral presentation will be evaluated. Council will appoint referees annually and their decision will be final. If, however, no paper of the requested standard is received, no prize will be awarded that year.

Award to the Most Outstanding Third Year Student in Zoology

The Council shall have the power to make an annual award for the most outstanding third year and Honours students in Zoology at each of the southern African universities.

Heads of Zoology Departments shall be invited to annually submit proposals for potential award winners from their students. Proposals must be submitted as soon as the final marks are available. Attention is drawn to the following aspects when making a selection. The Head of Department will decide on the excellence of a candidate. The award shall be granted to the best student in that year, providing that the student is deemed to be of sufficiently high standard. Other attributes such as leadership qualities, interest in zoology, and zoology as a career should be considered.

Complimentary student membership of the Society for one year accompanied by a suitable certificate, will be awarded to the successful candidate.

Heads of relevant Departments should be encouraged to present these awards at a suitable occasion to ensure the necessary publicity, for example if graduation takes place in December, it would be the perfect opportunity to present the award.

Lawrence Memorial Grant

Council shall have the power to award a grant annually if funds are available from the Lawrence Estate Bequest. The award should promote research on litter/edaphic fauna of the forest floor, and is open to graduate students as well as senior researchers who are members of the ZSSA. Preference would normally be given to candidates who are at the beginning of their research careers. Applications must reach the Secretary by the end of February of each year for consideration at the March Council meeting.

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