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Vice Chancellor's Awards for Excellence in Research

This annual event was started in 2008. All active researchers receive a Merit certificate for acknowledgement for being an active researcher. An active researcher is defined by having one of the following:

  • Receiving a grant from Research and Publications Committee (RPC) for research purposes under niche or non-niche areas.
  • Received funding for an international conference.
  • Has received publication funds.
  • Has published and received the publication incentive.
  • Has external funding for research purposes.
  • Had graduated a masters or doctoral student.
  • Is National Research Foundaton (NRF) rated.

A five member panel was established by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Academic to evaluate research activity and identify recipients of the merit certificates and awards. The panel reports the outcome to the Executive Management Committee (EMC) and later to the RPC and Senate. All active researchers, heads of departments and deans are invited tot the awards ceremony.

Awards 2009

In 2009 96 researchers received merit certificates, Dr P Bessong was best researcher (overall, 2006 publication output, most funds from external source, high number of projects) while the School of Mathematical and Natural Science received the award for being the school with most output. All active researchers will receive a Merit certificate for acknowledgement for being an active researcher.

The following Awards of Excellence were proposed for 2009:

 

Category

Awards Winners

1.

Researcher with most publication output (above 1.25 norm)

Ms TM Mashamba (2 Units)
School of Health Sciences
Department Psychology

Prof MA Makgopa (2 Units)
School of Human and Social Sciences
MER Mathivha Centre for African Languages, Arts and Culture

Prof JJO Odhiambo (2 Units)
School of Agriculture, Rural Development and Forestry
Department of Soil Science

Dr LJ Rafapa (2 Units)
School of Human and Social Sciences

2.

Researcher with most external funds received in 2009

Dr P Bessong
School of Mathematical and Natural Science
Department of Microbiology (R6 460 728.96)

3.

Researcher with most research masters students graduating in 2009 (above 1)

Prof XG Mbhenyane:  3 Masters
DVC:  Academic

Prof P Omara-Ojungu: 3 Masters
School of Environmental Sciences

4.

Researcher with most research doctoral  students graduating in 2009 (above 1)

Prof LE Bayona:  2 Doctorals
School of Education
Department of Curriculum Studies and Education Management

5.

School with most publications for 2009 (2007)

School of Health Sciences
7.345 Units

6.

School with most research masters students graduating in 2009

School of Health Sciences
7 Masters Students

7.

School with most doctoral students graduating in 2009

School of Education
2 Doctorals

8.

School with most international conference attendance in 2009

School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences
11 Conferences

9.

School with most externally funded research projects in 2009

School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences
23 External Funded

10.

School with most internally funded projects in 2009

School of Health Sciences
24 Internal Funded

11.

Best Overall Researcher

Prof XG Mbhenyane
DVC:  Academic

Prof T Van Ree
School of Mathematical and Natural Science
Department of Chemistry

Prof N Potgieter
School of Mathematical and Natural Science
Department of Microbiology

12.

School with most active researchers in 2009

School of Health Sciences
 (28 Researchers)

13.

Rated Researchers

Prof XG Mbhenyane (R5000-00)
DVC: Academic

Dr A Samie (R3000-00)
School of Mathematical and Natural Science
Department of Microbiology

14.

Researchers that attracted R500 000 for research

Dr P Bessong (6 460 728.96)
School of Mathematical and Natural Science
Department of Microbiology

Prof T Van Ree (4 500 000.00)
School of Mathematical and Natural Science
Department of Chemistry

Dr Francis (821 218.00)
School of Agriculture, Rural Development and Forestry
Centre for Rural Development

Dr PK Chauke (995 750.00)
School of Agriculture, Rural Development and Forestry
Department of Agricultural Economics and Extension

Dr PSO Fouche (773 200.00)
School of Mathematical and Natural Science
Department of Zoology

Prof LB Khoza (667 080.00)
School of Health Sciences
Department of Advanced Nursing

Prof XG Mbhenyane (606 788.88)
DVC:  Academic

Prof JS Ogola (543 700.00)
School of Environmental Sciences
Dean

Dr P Kaburise (500 000.00)
School of Human and Social Sciences
Department of English