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Medal Progression

In the period from 2013 onwards, the awarding of medals is progressive i.e. a recipient of the SAMRC silver medal may be subsequently nominated for the SAMRC gold or platinum medal. Similarly, recipients of the SAMRC gold medal in the period from 2013 onwards may be nominated for the SAMRC platinum award.

The Lifetime Achievement award is the highest and final SAMRC award that a candidate             may receive. Under the pre-2013 SAMRC medal rules, the SAMRC only made awards for      significant scientific achievements over a sustained period i.e. the equivalent of the current SAMRC platinum award. A candidate who has received recognition by the SAMRC for lifetime achievement through a pre-2013 SAMRC gold or silver medal or the current SAMRC platinum medal is no longer eligible for a SAMRC gold, silver or another platinum medal. 

Hence, winners of the SAMRC gold and silver medals prior to 2013 are not eligible for consideration for any of the current SAMRC medals. Under the pre-2013 SAMRC medal             rules, only scientists associated either part-time or full-time with the SAMRC were eligible for the gold medal while non-SAMRC scientists were eligible only for the silver medal. Under the current rules, SAMRC scientists and non-SAMRC scientists are eligible for all 3 medal categories.

 

Managing Conflicts of Interests

The following individuals are not eligible for SAMRC Scientific Achievement Awards:

  1. a) Members of the Award Selection Committee
  2. b) Members of the current Board
  3. c) The serving SAMRC President and SAMRC Vice President(s)
  4. d) Immediate family members of (a) to (c) i.e. parents, spouses & children

The following individuals may not submit nominations or be referees for nominees:

  • a) Members of the Awards Selection Committee
  • b) Members of the current Board
  • c) The serving SAMRC President and SAMRC Vice President(s)
  • d) Immediate family members of (a) to (c) i.e. parents, spouses & children

In the event that a nominee is associated in some way with an individual listed above, the conflicted individual will be required to declare the potential conflict of interest and to recuse him/herself from any involvement in the process related to that nominee.