Awards and Bursaries
Beth Southwell Practical Implications Award
The Beth Southwell Practical Implications Award (BSPIA) is designed to stimulate the writing of papers on research related to mathematics teaching or learning or mathematics curricula. Application for the award is open to all members of MERGA who are registered for the conference. Authors who make use of the Early Bird scheme for conference paper submission will not be eligible for the BSPIA. The award consists of a plaque plus $500 and is presented at each conference. The award-winning paper is presented to the conference in a plenary session. As part of winning the award, it is expected that the winning recipient will write a brief (one or two paragraphs) report for an upcoming MERGA newsletter. If you have any questions about the award please contact VP Development.
If you wish to enter for the Beth Southwell Practical Implications Award, your paper is due on the due date for all research papers. Register for the conference in the normal way before submitting your paper. Submit your entry as for regular research papers, but express your interest in entering for the BSPIA when you submit your paper. Note that at some MERGA conferences there is also a form to complete or a box to tick on the registration form, so check the conference website carefully.
When you write your paper, please ensure that you observe all general paper submission requirements including the maximum page length. In addition to the normal research paper, up to two additional pages (i.e., added to but removable from, the ‘normal’ research paper you submit) should be included. The practical implications of the research reported in the paper should be outlined in these two pages. Only the winner of the BSPIA will have the two extra pages printed, so write the research paper for review as a stand-alone paper that reads as a complete research report without the two pages. For a winning paper, the two "Practical implications" pages will be printed at the end of the research report.
Please note that co-authored papers are eligible for entry into the BSPIA.
MERGA Career Research Medal
A MERGA Career Research Medal (MCRM) is to be awarded as required (not necessarily annually) to a long-term and active MERGA member who has made a sustained and distinguished contribution to research in mathematics education in Australasia and internationally. The award of this medal reflects MERGA’s pride in a MERGA member’s outstanding research. Normally, the medal will be awarded at the MERGA conference dinner. Recipients will receive a framed citation, MCRM medallion and a matching MERGA lapel pin.
The existence of the MERGA Career Research medal will be made known to MERGA members through the newsletter and website. Nominations will be accepted at any time of the year. A MERGA member may be nominated and seconded by other MERGA members. S/he must accept the nomination in writing.
MERGA will supply a downloadable nomination form, including space for the nomination and acceptance as well as to address each of the criteria. The case should be based on concrete evidence that is easily checked and/or appended to the nomination form where possible. Nomination form for MERGA Career Research Medal.
MERGA Research Award
The MERGA Research Award is for an individual or a team that has made an outstanding contribution to mathematics education research in the previous three years. Normally, one award will be made each year and presented at the AGM, but the Executive may decide to make more than one award, or no awards, in any one year. An individual recipient will receive a trophy. Teams will receive one trophy to share, and a certificate for each member.
A MERGA member or team may be nominated and seconded in writing by another MERGA member. The nominee(s) must accept the nomination in writing. Nominations must be submitted to the VP (Research) by November 1 2018.
MERGA will supply a downloadable nomination form, including space for the nomination and acceptance as well space for the nominees to address each of the criteria. The case should be based on concrete evidence that is easily checked and/or appended to the nomination form where possible. MERGA Research Award Nomination Form.
Early Career Research Award
In order to encourage new researchers in mathematics education, MERGA sponsors an award to an author in the early part of her/his career. The award, for excellence in writing and presenting a piece of mathematics education research, consists of a plaque and a prize of $500 and is presented at the annual conference. As part of winning the award, it is expected that the winning recipient will write a brief (one or two paragraphs) report for an upcoming MERGA newsletter.
Entry for the Early Career Research Award is by submission of a written paper for presentation at the conference through the Early Bird process. Conditions of eligibility, information about the judging process, and the criteria judges will observe are indicated below. If you are applying for the Early Career Research Award, please ensure that when you upload your paper on the conference website, you also send an email to the Conference Secretariat indicating that you are an entrant for the Early Career Research Award. Note that at some MERGA conferences there is also a form to complete or a box to tick on the registration form, so check the conference website carefully. Please note that co-authored papers ARE NOT eligible for entry into the Early Career Research Award, nor are Round Table or Symposium papers.