THE SOUTH AFRICAN CHEMICAL INSTITUTE AWARDS
THE GOLD MEDAL
The medal shall be known as the Gold Medal of the South African Chemical Institute. The medal is gold-plated, and bears the Institute’s name and crest on the obverse and a suitable legend together with the name of the recipient and the date on the reverse. A monetary prize of R10 000, together with a suitably inscribed scroll, shall accompany the medal. The award shall be made to a member of the Institute in good standing, whose scientific contributions in the field of chemistry or chemical technology are adjudged to be of outstanding merit.
THE RAIKES MEDAL
The medal shall be known as the Raikes Medal of the South African Chemical Institute. The medal is gold-plated and bears a likeness of Humphrey Rivaz Raikes with his name on the obverse, and the name of the Institute, together with the name of the recipient and the date, on the reverse. A monetary prize of R2 500, together with a suitably inscribed scroll, shall accompany the medal. The award shall be made to a member of the Institute, under the age of 40 on 31 December in the year of the award, whose original chemical research shows outstanding promise, as adjudged by publications in reputable journals. It is further stipulated that the research shall have been performed in South Africa.
THE CHEMICAL EDUCATION MEDAL
The medal shall be known as the Chemical Education Medal of the South African Chemical Institute and shall comprise a silver medal, and a suitable inscribed scroll. The medal bears the Institute’s name and crest on the obverse and the name of the recipient and the date on the reverse. The award shall be made to a member of the Institute who has made an outstanding contribution to chemical education, as judged by the person’s published work in the previous five years. Published work may be in any form and may be related to any level or educational context.
THE SACI POSTGRADUATE AWARD
The awards shall be known as the SACI Postgraduate Awards of the South African Chemical Institute. The awards shall be made to student members of the Institute engaged in research towards a MSc or PhD degree and registered in a School/Department of Chemistry at a South African University, or a MTech or DTech degree registered in a School/Department of Chemistry at a South African University of Technology. The number of awards shall not exceed five per annum, and the awards are limited to one per institution. The recipients of the awards shall be known as The SACI Postgraduate Awardees. Past SACI/Sasol Postgraduate Awardees are not eligible for nomination for a second award. The award consists of a monetary award to the value of R2 000, together with a suitably inscribed scroll.
The persons nominated are expected to be “young innovative chemists”. The characteristics of such a person are:
2. independence, and
The selection criteria applicable to the award are:
1. Has the candidate done something worthy of admiration in the experimental field (e.g. a new, noteworthy, experimental design)?
2. Has the candidate communicated the experimental results in any useful way (in printed form, or at conferences or symposia)?
3. Does the candidate have a broad appreciation of the role and context of chemistry as a science?
4. Does the candidate play a productive role in his/her department?
The group of people nominating a potential prizewinner must be able to assess the impact the nominee has in his/her department. Hence a combined process of peer and supervisor review should inform the selection of the candidate. In addition to the backing of the student’s supervisor, the candidate shall require the support of at least one other member of staff of his/her department. The candidate must also enjoy the support of a number of fellow postgraduate research students. All the support for a candidate must be submitted in writing. The endorsements should mention how the candidate reflects the qualities enumerated above. Final endorsement may reside with the Head of Department, where appropriate.
THE SASOL INNOVATION MEDAL
The award shall be made to a person who has demonstrated innovation and application in the field of industrial chemistry or chemical technology in the three years prior to nomination. The scope of the prestigious award is wide and covers outstanding contributions in any of process development, leadership skills, creation of a small business, community service, etc. The medal is gold-plated, and bears the SASOL logo together with the inscription “Chemistry Innovator of (the year)” on the obverse and the Institute’s name and crest and the name of the recipient on the reverse. The medal shall be accompanied by a monetary award to the value of R20,000, together with a suitably inscribed scroll. The recipient of the award shall be known as the SASOL Chemistry Innovator of the Year. Past medalists are not eligible for nomination for a second award of the medal. Any member of the Institute may submit nominations or the candidate can submit an application for the award. If the nomination is by application, the candidate must submit a one page summary to motivate the submission.
The person submitting the nomination shall supply the following information:
1. A complete curriculum vitae of the candidate, detailing all academic and professional achievements.
2. A motivation from at least two persons detailing why the nominee should be considered the most innovative chemist for the period under consideration.
3. Any relevant supporting documentation that may assist the Awarding Panel in reaching a decision.
4. A draft outline of a short citation, including personal information about the candidate, for possible use at the presentation ceremony.
The nominations for the Award shall be sent by the SACI vice president to the SACI chairperson for Industrial Chemistry, two representatives nominated by SASOL and at least one former recipient of the Innovator or Gold Medal Awards of the South African Chemical Institute. The recipient of the Award shall be required to deliver the SASOL Chemistry Innovator of the Year lecture during the presentation ceremony, on a suitable occasion determined by the Council in consultation with the relevant Section Committee. The presentation ceremony and lecture if possible shall take place during a Convention. The recipient of the Award shall be required to prepare a written form of the SASOL Chemistry Innovator of the Year Lecture, or a review based upon the subject of the lecture, for publication by the Institute.
THE JAMES MOIR MEDALS
The medals shall be known as the James Moir Medals of the South African Chemical Institute. The medals are bronze-plated, and bear the Institute’s name and crest on the obverse, and the name of the medal together with the name of the recipient and the date on the reverse. A suitably inscribed scroll shall accompany the medal. One medal shall be available for award annually for each University and University of Technology in the Republic of South Africa. Medals shall be awarded to the best BSc Honours student in chemistry at each University, and the best BTech student in chemistry at each University of Technology. Only those students achieving an average final mark of at least 75% shall be eligible for the award.The Chemistry Departments of the Universities and Universities of Technology shall be invited to submit their recommendations for the awards to the Secretariat of the Institute, as soon as the final examination results are available.
PROCEDURE FOR NOMINATION/APPLICATION
The merits of the work of candidates may be brought to the notice of the Council either by persons who desire to recommend candidates (nominations) or by the candidates themselves (applications).
Nominations and applications should be received by the Institute not later than 31 May of each year. Applicants must provide a list of publications, and/or non-confidential internal reports and other appropriate information in support of the application, together with curricula vitae detailing all academic and professional achievements. In the case of the Raikes Medal three reprints each of those publications considered to represent the candidate’s most significant work must be submitted. In the case of the Chemical Education Medal copies of the publications to be considered, together with any explanatory or supporting material, must be submitted.
Each nomination or application should include the names of two persons with knowledge of the candidate’s work, to whom reference may be made by the Institute.
The Council may at its discretion suspend any or all of these awards in any year in which there are no suitable candidates.
REMEMBER TO SUBMIT YOUR NOMINATION!!!