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ESSA Medal

About the ESSA Medal

In September each year, project supervisors are invited to nominate their PhD students as candidates for the ESSA Medal.

The ESSA Medal is awarded annually by Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA) to the most outstanding PhD thesis, approved for graduation in the field of Exercise and Sports Science and related fields (between selected dates).

Total prize value is AUD$1500. 

Nominations for 2018 ESSA Medal will open in September 2018. 



Winner of the 2017 ESSA Medal Announced!

ESSA congratulates Dr Caroline Robertson, from Charles Sturt University, for winning the 2017 ESSA Medal for her PhD thesis, ‘The brain and exercise: neurophysiological correlates of tolerance, regulation and termination.

Robertson’s thesis received applause from the assessing panel, with feedback such as:

‘The candidate pursued a challenging area of research and investigated some aspects of a topic that are not well understood.’

‘An outstanding aspect was the originality in the use of techniques in this context. I considered this to be a study that attempted to ‘push the boundaries’ and for this the candidate and their supervisor should be commended.’  

‘High quality manuscripts produced.’

‘Excellent examiner reports with consistent outcomes – quality research, quality writing.’

Read more here.


Previous winners

2016 Winner: Dr Joyce Ramos – ‘Different volumes of high-intensity interval training in individuals with metabolic syndrome: how low can you go?’


2015 Winner: Dr Robert Stanton – ‘Developing an understanding of exercise in the inpatient mental health setting’.


2014 Winner: Dr Rossana Nogueira – ‘Exercising opportunities to prevent chronic disease: The CAPO Kids trial.’


2013 Winner: Dr Angela Spence – ‘Comparative impacts of endurance and resistance exercise on the cardiovascular system in humans: A prospective randomised 6th-month intervention’.