Awards

Award for best paper for past year – new**

This award honors any PSSA member who has published his/ her work in a prestigious international peer-reviewed journal with high visibility and impact. There is the possibility of two awards – one open for all, and another for students only – the latter the must reflect MSc or PhD derived work. The candidate can also be a first year post-doctoral student, if work published in previous year was part of a... read more

The “Best Method” Award

The “Best Method” award was instituted and awarded by the Society at the 42nd annual conference in 2014. The award is presented to a young researcher for the best method (originality/appropriateness and correctness) showcased during an oral presentation in the Physiological Sciences that has been entered into the Wyndham Competition at the Annual PSSA Conference.

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The Wyndham Prize Competition

The Wyndham Prize Competition was instituted by the Society in 1985, and first awarded in 1986.  It is named in honour of the late Professor Cyril Wyndham, who was an internationally renowned South African exercise and heat stress physiologist.The award is presented to a young researcher for the best oral presentation in the Physiological Sciences at the Annual PSSA Conference. The competition constitutes one of the highlights of the PSSA Conference.  It offers Physiology Departments within Southern Africa an opportunity to showcase the success of their postgraduate programmes; while also giving young researchers their first experience of presenting and defending their work in front of a supportive, but competitive, international audience. Furthermore, it affords young researchers an indispensable opportunity to compare and discuss their work with their peers at other universities. The Wyndham competition is important not only because of the prestige involved, but the winner also becomes eligible to be considered for a sponsored trip to the next International Union of Physiological Sciences (IUPS) Congress.   Rules of the Wyndham Competition The competition is open to young researchers in the Physiological Sciences who are registered as STUDENTS at any tertiary institution in Southern Africa. Entrants for the Competition may not be older than 30 years of age at the time of the competition, nor may they already be in possession of a PhD (or equivalent) degree. Tenured or full-time lecturers or researchers at a tertiary education institution are excluded from the competition.  Bursary holders and students in temporary research assistant posts are, however, not excluded. The entrant must be the principal investigator of the project to be presented... read more

The Johnny van der Walt Prize Competition

The Johnny van der Walt Prize Competition The Society awards a prize for the best poster by a pre-doctoral student in the Physiological Sciences at the Annual PSSA Conference.  The Prize is named in memory of Professor Johnny van der Walt, who was the Head of the Department of Physiology in the Faculty of Veterinary Science at Onderstepoort, University of Pretoria, from 1990 until his untimely death on the 28th June 2004.  Professor van der Walt was one of the Society’s great stalwarts, who will be remembered for excellent science, his sharp insights and enormous enthusiasm for physiology, as well as for his humour and infectious joie de vivre.   Rules of the Johnny van der Walt Competition The competition is open to young researchers in the Physiological Sciences who are registered as STUDENTS at any tertiary institution in Southern Africa. Entrants for the Competition may not be older than 30 years of age at the time of the competition, nor may they already be in possession of a PhD (or equivalent) degree. Tenured or full-time lecturers or researchers at a tertiary education institution are excluded from the competition.  Bursary holders and students in temporary research assistant posts are, however, not excluded. The entrant must be the principal investigator of the project to be presented at the competition. This must be confirmed in writing by the Head of the Department that is sponsoring the student’s participation in the Johnny van der Walt Competition. Entrants need not be members of the PSSA.  Entrants must, however, be bona fide students at a tertiary institution in Southern Africa. This must also be... read more