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Student Competitions

There will be two competitions for student presentations (posters and oral) at the SASA conference. Prizes will be awarded for the best posters at Honours and Masters level, and the best oral presentation at PhD level.

To enter the student competitions, you have to be 35 years or younger at the time of the conference, and a registered student at a university. Please note that the judges’ decision will be final and there will be no correspondence regarding the decision.

Best oral presentation, judged at the PhD level – two cash prizes sponsored by SAS

All participants entering this competition will be judged at the PhD level. Participants for this competition will give their oral presentations in the ‘Young Statisticians (Competition)’ stream. This award will be given to the best presentation using analytics, and is sponsored by SAS.

In order to participate in this competition, you are required to submit an extended abstract (of not more than one page) by 12 October. You are welcome to submit the extended abstract in any suitable format, however, the template of the Journal of the South African Statistical Journal is recommended. Note that this template is available for download here

The number of entrants are restricted to 5 per institution. If you would like to enter the competition, the head of department at your university needs to submit your abstract together with the nomination form (by 12 October).

For any inquiries relating to the rules of the competition, please send an e-mail to jaco.visagie@up.ac.za

Who can participate in the oral competition?

  1. If you are a PhD student.
  2. If you are a Masters student. Please note that you will be entering the competition with PhD students, and will thus be judged at the PhD level.

Best poster presentation, judged at the Honours and Masters level – 2 prizes will be awarded

Participants entering this competition will be judged at either Honours or Masters level.

Who can participate in the poster competition?

  1. If you are an Honours student, you can present a poster on your Honours project.
  2. If you are a first year Masters student, you can present a poster on your Honours project, if your Honours project was completed in 2017.
  3. If you are a Masters student, you can present a poster on your Masters project.
  4. If you are a first year PhD student, you can present a poster on your Masters project, if your Masters project was completed in 2017.

To take part in the student competitions please first register for the conference and then login and submit your abstract for your oral presentation or poster.