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In September, project supervisors were invited to nominate their PhD students as candidates for the 2017 ESSA Medal.

The 2017 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 the dates of 1st November 2016 to 31st October 2017).

Total prize value is AUD$1500. 

A decision on the 2017 applications will be advised in March 2018.



Previous winners

2016 Winner Announcement: ESSA congratulates Dr Joyce Ramos, from the University of Queensland, for winning the 2016 ESSA Medal for her PhD thesis titled, ‘Different volumes of high-intensity interval training in individuals with metabolic syndrome: how low can you go?’ 

Ramos’ thesis received applause from the assessing panel, with feedback such as:
“Overall, this applicant stands out above the others as a result of the nature of the outlets in which the work is published (top quality outlets), the impressive sample size, the 16-week intervention, and the important implications/applications of the work to our field.” 

“An excellent thesis on HIIT and cardiometabolic health.” 

 “Dr Joyce Ramos should be highly commended for producing a large volume of work. Of particular note are the quality of journals in which Joyce has published. The assessors note citations already achieved and the potential of Joyce’s work for a large number of future citations. The assessors also commend Dr Ramos for the volume of work that must have been required to run one of the largest exercise training trials in Australia to date.” 

Read more here.


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’.