OUTSTANDING STUDENT RESEARCH IN ECOLOGY AWARD

The Student Section’s Outstanding Student Research in Ecology award honors students that publish papers of particular significance to the scientific community through a $100 cash prize. Broadly, we select winners based on the citability, credibility and relevance of published research.


ELIGIBILITY AND NOMINATION

  • You must be a member of ESA and the Student Section.
  • You must be enrolled as a student (high school, undergraduate, Masters or Ph.D).
  • You must be in good academic standing.
  • You must attend the Student Section Business Meeting & Award Ceremony and your attendance at other Student Section events is strongly encouraged. Student Section events for the annual meeting can be found by clicking HERE.
  • At the time of application, the paper must be published in a peer-reviewed journal.
  • Minorities are encouraged to apply.

SELECTION CRITERIA

Applications will be reviewed by an awards committee consisting of students and appointed by the officers of the Student Section. The award honors students that publish papers of particular significance to the scientific community. We select winners based on the citability, credibility and relevance of published research. To prevent any biases (especially sub-conscious) all applicant names, addresses, and any other personal information will be removed prior to distribution to judges. The applications are evaluated on the following four criteria: 

  1. Paper’s contribution to the field - Paper is published in a recognized and high impact peer-reviewed journal. It is well written, and provides valuable, broadly applicable insights to the field of ecology.
  2. Paper’s originality - Paper is novel and engaging for all ecologists, regardless of subdiscipline.
  3. Study design - The study design elegantly addresses the paper’s question and tests. hypotheses. Details are explained clearly and replicability seems possible.
  4. Broader impact -The paper has strong applications to real world environmental problems or issues.

APPLICATION

The application package consists of the following 4 parts which are all due by 5 pm EST on June 1st, 2016:

  1. A CV from the nominee
  2. A copy of the paper
  3. A brief letter describing the impact of the paper on the field.
  4. A letter of support from the major professor that confirms the nominee’s eligibility for the award

Please e-mail items 1,2 and 3 to students.esa@gmail.com with the subject line of "ESA-SS Outstanding Student Award, applicant's last name, applicant's first name". Letters of support from your major adviser should be submitted directly to the same e-mail with the same subject line.


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