The De Beers Gold Medal

The De Beers Gold Medal is awarded for outstanding achievement in any of the following facets of any branch of physics: research, education, technology and industrial development. As the highest standards will be applied, the ward is intended to be the greatest distinction that can be conferred in South Africa for achievement in physics.

Past winners of the De Beers Gold Medal

The Silver Jubilee Medal

The Silver Jubilee Medal is awarded for outstanding achievemnet by a younger physicist in any of the following facets of any branch of physics: research, education, technology and industrial development. Awards will be made to persons who are less than 35 years old on the closing date for the receipt of nominations.

Past winners of the Silver Jubilee Medal

Student Prizes

Prizes are presented for the best Student presentations in each Divisions at the Annual SAIP conferences.

Past winners of Student Prizes

General rules for Presentation Awards

  1. The awards (for both oral and poster presentations) are open to bona-fide, full-time students who are student members of the South African Institute of Physics.
  2. Council is willing to fund the awarding of a prize or prizes to students participating in the activities of the Division, to a maximum value of R 1 000, per Division. Division chairs are however encouraged to obtain sponsorships for these prizes.
  3. The presentation must originate from the student’s proposed (or completed) thesis or dissertation or any formal report pertaining to that degree/level for the awards programme.
  4. Once a student has won a particular degree/level award (also in the other Specialist Subgroups), he/she may no longer compete in that particular degree/level awards programme.
  5. The student may submit for the prize either one oral or one poster presentation but not both in a particular year.
  6. It is the responsibility of the Division Chair to ensure that the entrant is a bona-fide, full-time student.

Judgement Guidelines for the Presentation Awards

All subcomponents are of comparable importance

  1. Content – 75%
    1. Mastering of subject.
    2. Difficulty level.
    3. Originality.
    4. Handling of questions.
    5. Logical development of the material.
    6. Clarity.
    7. Contribution of student.
  2. Presentation – 25%
    1. Technical outlay.
      1. Visual impact of transparencies or poster.
      2. Readability of transparencies or poster.
      3. Relevancy of graphs, tables, etc.
    2. Presentation style.
      1. Ability to present the talk in the allotted time / Ability to summarise the poster material within a very limited time (typically 2 – 3 minutes).
      2. Actual presentation style, e.g. audibility, the way transparencies are handled / the way attention is drawn to sections of the poster, etc.

(Courtesy of DPCMM Division)