Best Paper Competition

Authors of competing oral papers should send a copy of the manuscript, typed in double space as word document (v.97-2003) to not later than March 23, 2012. Use “competing paper” as the subject of the email.

There will be 6 categories for the Best Oral paper Award: Biological Sciences, Physical Sciences, Social Sciences, Integrative Studies, Best Undergraduate Thesis, and Best High School Scientific Paper. Best Paper award and cash prize will be awarded to the winners. All finalists will be awarded with a Certificate of Recognition. Finalists will be announced on April 23, 2012.

1.      Only oral papers submitted by bonafide members of PSSN with a corresponding payment of the processing fee of  PhP1000 shall be considered. This fee is non-refundable but will be deducted from the registration fee if the author will attend in the conference.

2.      Submitted entries shall be pre-screened or pre-evaluated by the Best Paper Award Committee. Only 3 papers per category will be selected by the Committee as finalists. The finalists will have to present the papers at the designated Best Oral Paper Session of the Annual Scientific Convention for final judging. Non-finalist papers will be presented in a separate schedule as assigned by the convention secretariat in-charge of the oral papers.

3.      The title of all the papers competing for Best Oral Paper shall be found in the official list certified by the convention secretariat. Only one entry should be submitted by an author. In case where an author has more than one paper/entry, the committee reserves the right to choose only one of his/her papers for inclusion in the competition.

4.      The criteria for the selection of the finalists for the Best Oral Paper shall be as follows:

Contribution to the body of knowledge - 50%

Relevance to the Theme - 25%

Organization - 25%

5.      Members of the Best Paper Award Committee shall not join the competition or shall not be advisers of students competing for the Best Undergraduate Thesis. Also, authors and co-authors who were winners during the last 3 years are not qualified to compete.

6.      The paper must be presented orally (in person), otherwise, it is disqualified. Fifteen minutes will be allotted for the oral presentation. For the final judging, the criteria for selection of the Best Oral Paper shall be as follows:

Delivery/Presentation - 30%

Content - 30%

Ability to answer questions - 30%

Time - 10%

7.      The decision of the committee is final and shall be respected. The committee shall not entertain questions regarding the selection of the winners.

You may pay the PhP1,000.00 processing fee using the following bank information:

Current Account Name: Philippine Society for the Study of Nature, Inc.
Current Account Number: 000911 0146 45
Bank: Bank of the Philippine Island
Branch: Los Banos, Laguna, Philippines

Please attached the bank validated deposit slip together with your full paper in your email to Do not forget to bring the original of the deposit slip during the conference.