Sri Lanka Agricultural Economics Association (SAEA)

SAEA Gold Medal for the Best Undergraduate Research in Agricultural Economics 

[ current news - ] Applications are now open for 2015 Competition..........


[ Introduction ] [ Past Competition Winners]  [ Application Procedure] [ Important Dates ]   [Competition Rules]
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SAEA as the professional organization of practicing agricultural economists in Sri Lanka involves in promoting the practice of the profession. The association also encourages high quality research on relevant issues. SAEA has instituted SAEA Gold Medal for the Best Undergraduate Research in Agricultural Economics to recognize and reward high quality research at the undergraduate level. This decision is based on the discussions held at the annual general meeting of SAEA in 2011.

Prof. Piyasena Abeygunawardena, Founder President/SAEA contributed resources for initiation and continuation of the competition. The first awards competition was held in 2012.

SAEA calls for applications for the award competition for 2015.  Students completed their undergraduate degrees within 2014 and 2015 and who did not participate in previous competitions are eligible to apply.

[*] Read more about winners of past competitions [HERE}


Application Procedure

This year's competition is open for graduates from agricultural economics/business management departments of Sri Lankan universities, who have completed their degrees in 2014 and 2015. Candidates for previous competitions are not eligible to reapply.

Applicants should submit an abstract based on their undergraduate work by  to  [ saeaarf [ AT] ] by e-mail by Monday, 09 November, 2015. Please mention the subject of the e-mail as undergraduate competition.

Abstracts should be between 250- 300 words. They should be prepared as MS-word documents. Please format your abstract to facilitate the review process  (Times New Roman, Font size 12, double spacing).


Important Dates

Abstract Submission:                                        Monday, November 08, 2015

Notification for submission of report:         Monday, November 22, 2015

Presentations at 9th ARF of SAEA                  Friday,  November 27, 2015

Selection Procedure

Applications will be evaluated by a panel of reviewers. Shortlisted candidates will be requested to send their research report for further evaluation and will be invited for a presentation at the ARF. Candidates who are not selected for oral presentations will be invited to present a poster at the ARF.

The medal will be awarded to the best research based on the relevance, research methods, and the presentation.


Past Competition Winners


Winner of the competition for 2014 was Ms. Bhagya Buddhini Warnakulasuriya from Department of Agribusiness Management of Wayamba University of Sri Lanka.  Her research project " Potential for Ecotourism in Up Country Tea Estates in Sri Lanka " was supervised by Prof.  Jeevika Weerahewa.

[  More details on the 2014 Competition ] [ HERE ]


Winner of the competition for 2013 was Ms. H.H.L.Wasana from Department of Agribusiness Management, Wayamba University of Sri Lanka. Her research project " Do Firms “Stay” or Wish to Be an “Advancer” with Enhanced Food Safety Controls? Assessing the case of adoption of HACCP in Sri Lankan agri-food processing sector "  was supervised by Prof.  Udith K. Jayasinghe-Mudalige.

More details on the 2013 Competition ] [ HERE ]


Winner of the competition 2012 was Ms. Nadeesha Rajawardena from Department of Agricultural Economics and Business Management of the University of Peradeniya. Her research project " Potential for Ecotourism in Up Country Tea Estates in Sri Lanka " was supervised by Prof. L.H.P.Gunaratne, Dr. Parakrama Weligamage and Dr. H.W. Shyamalie (Tea Research Institute of Sri Lanka)

More details on the 2012 Competition ] [ HERE ]

For more details, please contact,

c/o: Agricultural Economics and Business Management,
Faculty of Agriculture
University of Peradeniya
Peradeniya - 20400

Email: saeaarf [ AT ]


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