Academic Excellence Award for Young Women in Ecology

The ESA Student Section is pleased to sponsor the second Academic Excellence Award for Young Women in Ecology. We will award one female student a prize for academic excellence demonstrated by an outstanding research publication and a commitment to increase the visibility of other women scientists.

At the time of the nomination deadline (SUNDAY JUNE 12Th 2011), the nominee must have published a paper in a peer-reviewed journal (MAY 2009-MAY 2011) and have implemented outreach activities to promote women in science. Accepted manuscripts in press are eligible, but in review are not. The nominee must be an undergraduate student, a graduate student, or have received a Ph.D. within the past two years. In addition, the nominee must be first author of the paper and be a member in good standing of ESA's Student Section at the time of nomination. If you are not sure if your dues are up to date with the ESA Student Section, pleas contact our membership officer (Sandra Dooley dooleys(at) Self-nominations and nominations by colleagues are welcome.

Applications will be reviewed by an Awards Committee appointed by the Officers of the Student Section. The award package will be judged based upon (1) the paper’s contribution to the field, including originality, study design and impact and (2) the nominee’s outreach efforts to promote participation of young women in science.


  • Commemorative plaque
  • 96th ESA annual meeting registration fee reimbursement

The awards will be made public during the ESA Student Section award ceremony, to be held on the Tuesday, August 9th, at the conference center (time and room TBA) of the annual meeting conference. Applicants are required to attend this event.


  1. A PDF copy of the published paper in the original format of the journal in which it was published. If in press, the edited proof pdf is valid.
  2. A brief letter (pdf or word 2003 compatible format) containing
    • A description of the impact the paper has on the field and the date of completion of the degree, if the nominee is no longer a student. ***Make sure to indicate whether the research was completed during undergraduate or graduate tenure*** (200 words max)
    • A statement describing how the nominee engages in outreach to other women scientists; personally, educationally and/or professionally (200 words max)
    • A final sentence in this letter stating: “I hereby commit to attend the 96th ESA annual meeting to be held in Austin, TX, August, 8th-12th, 2011, and to be present during the ESA Student Section award ceremony”. Please sign or write your initials at the end of this letter.
  3. A letter of support from the major professor that also confirms the nominee’s eligibility for the award. The letter is to be submitted in pdf format, and directly by the recommender (not by the applicant).
  4. A CV from the nominee in pdf format

Nomination packets should be sent (by June 12th 2011) electronically as pdfs to the Student Section's Women and Minorities Officer (Stephanie Kivlin,, with the phrase "Academic Excellence Award for Young Women in Ecology " in the subject line.

Failure to adhere to any of the rules described above will translate in automatic withdrawal of the entire application for this award.


If you have questions, please email Stephanie Kivlin (skivlin(at) or Naupaka Zimmerman (naupaka(at)