Student Competitions


The closing date for entries is Friday, 2 June 2023.

The SASA Education Committee invites all South African Universities to submit their top two honours projects in Statistics from 2022 for the 2022/2023 Honours Project Competition. The head of the Department/School at each University may submit up to two projects and group work is allowed. 

Important note:

- SASA membership (either student or full) is a prerequisite for all entrants for this competition.

- SASA membership is free to all full-time students and registration can be done via:

If you would like to enter some projects, please proceed by visiting the link provided below. You will be directed to a Google form that you must complete and upload the required documents (i.e. project document and proof of SASA membership) by 12 May 2023.

Please contact Nombuso Zondo ( should you require further details.


Closing date for entries is 31 August 2023

Abstracts should be submitted by 31 July 2023.

We at the South African Statistical Association's (SASA) Education Committee invite all students enrolled for Masters or PhDs in Statistics at South African tertiary institutions in 2022 to participate in the 2023 Postgraduate Paper Competition. This year, there is a prize for the best published paper from a Masters or PhD, as well as a prize for the best unreviewed paper.

The student submitting the paper should be the main contributor/author of the work. This will be confirmed with the degree supervisor (or institution contact person). A published paper is one that was published in 2022/2023 from (or for) the student's Masters/PhD, while an unpublished paper is one that has not yet received any reviewer feedback from any peer-reviewed publication.

The paper, with appendices, should be no more than 15 pages in length. Data sets, coding, and supplementary materials can be uploaded to a free data repository such as figshare, Mendeley Data, Open Science Framework, or similar, and can be referenced in the paper.

Important note:

· For the paper submissions to be considered, the student author(s) must be a registered SASA member.

· SASA membership is free to all full-time students and registration can be done here.

If you would like to enter a paper, please proceed as follows: 

1. Complete the competition form and upload the required abstract by 31 July 2023. You will be given the choice on this form to upload an abstract OR the full paper.

2. Remove any reference to the student/author(s), the supervisor or the University from each paper and upload the electronic version of each paper by 31 August 2023.

3. Upload proof of SASA membership for each entrant.

A number of judges will be selected to rank the projects. The ranked results will be analysed and the winners announced before the next annual SASA conference. Winners must be willing to be photographed.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Michael von Maltitz ( We are looking forward to receiving your papers!