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Physiological Ecology Section

Student Travel Awards

The ESA Physiological Ecology Section offers five travel grants for students presenting papers or posters in the field of physiological ecology at the 2014 ESA Annual Meeting. The winner of each grant will receive $500 to help support attending the meeting. Applications for awards will be accepted until May 1, 2017.

Eligibility requirements:

  1. “Student” is defined as undergraduate or graduate student who is currently enrolled in a degree program or who finished his/her degree within the last 12 months.
  2. The student must be a Physiological Ecology section member at the time of the presentation.
  3. Award recipients must also enter either the Billings or New Phytologist poster award competitions.

To apply please send both Carter Berry (moc.liamgnull@yrrebcz) and Dan Johnson (ude.ohadiunull@nosnhojnad) the following information:

  1. The student’s current contact information and anticipated date of degree
  2. The title and abstract of talk or poster
  3. A short statement explaining why the student wants to attend this ESA meeting (300-word max)
  4. A short letter in support of the student from an advisor (sent separately from above materials)

A panel of scientists representing a broad array of disciplines within physiological ecology will then evaluate the submissions and decide upon the winning entries. Travel grant recipients will be notified by June 30, 2017.

Plant, Cell & Environment Postdoctoral Award

This award is made to a postdoctoral scholar whose oral presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America represents a significant advancement in physiological ecology. This is the second year the section has offered the award, which is made possible through the generous support from the journal Plant, Cell & Environment (Blackwell Publishing, Dr. Keith Mott, Editor-in-Chief).  The winner will receive a $750 check from the Physiological Ecology section. The runner-up will receive a $250 check from the section.

Eligibility requirements:

  1. The applicant must be first author and presenter for the paper.
  2. The work must have been completed while the applicant was a postdoctoral scholar (presentations of dissertation work are not eligible).
  3. The applicant must have completed his/her PhD within the last 5 years at the time of the presentation.
  4. The applicant must be a Physiological Ecology Section member at the time of the presentation.
  5. Past winners may not enter the competition in subsequent years.  Applicants awarded honorable mentions remain eligible for the competition in the future.

To apply:

Please send Carter Berry (moc.liamgnull@yrrebcz) and Dan Johnson (ude.ohadiunull@nosnhojnad) the following information by June 1, 2017:

  1. Applicant information: name, mailing address, email address, College/University association, and date of degree.
  2. Presentation title and complete list of authors.
  3. Presentation time, location, and session title.

The Billings Award and New Phytologist Poster Award

Two separate awards recognize significant advancements in physiological ecology; entrants are judged on the rigor, creativity, importance, and presentation of the research. 

The winners of the Billings Award and the New Phytologist Poster Award will each receive a cash prize. The winners and honorable mentions will also receive a complimentary book of their choice from Elsevier. Thanks to New Phytologist for contributing to the Billings fund (source of cash prizes) and to Elsevier for providing the complimentary books. We appreciate their support of our Section’s awards competition.

Billings Award

The W.D. and S.M. Billings award is made to the graduate student whose oral presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America represents a significant advancement in physiological ecology. The award will be given to a student whose paper is judged to offer the rigor, creativity, importance, and presentation that sets a new standard in the discipline. The winner receives a $500 check from the Physiological Ecology section and will be able to select a complimentary book from the Elsevier list of publications (the honorable mention winner also receives a complimentary book of his or her choice from Elsevier). The award recognizes the lifetime contributions by its namesakes, Dwight and Shirley Billings, to physiological ecology. Dwight built the foundation for physiological ecology in North America and provided leadership for the field throughout his illustrious career. Together, Dwight and Shirley have shown a deep regard for the interests and training of graduate students in this dynamic component of ecology.

New Phytologist Poster Award

This is given to the student with the best physiological ecology poster presentation at the annual ESA meeting. The winner receives a $500 check from the Physiological Ecology section and will be able to select a complimentary book from the Elsevier list of publications (the honorable mention winner also receives a complimentary book courtesy of Elsevier). In 2008 the Section renamed the “Best Poster award” to the “New Phytologist Poster award” in recognition of New Phytologist’s contribution to the Billings Fund.

Eligibility requirements for the Billings and New Phytologist Poster awards:

  1. The student entrant must be first author and presenter for the paper or poster.
  2. “Student” is defined as undergraduate or graduate student who is currently enrolled in a degree program or who finished his/her degree within the last 12 months.
  3. The student must be a Physiological Ecology section member at the time of the presentation.
  4. Past winners may not enter the same competition again. Students who received an honorable mention can compete again in the same competition.

To enter either competition:

Please send Carter Berry (moc.liamgnull@yrrebcz) and Dan Johnson (ude.ohadiunull@nosnhojnad) the following information by June 1, 2017:

  1. Information on the student entrant: name, mailing address, email address, phone number, College/University association, and student status.
  2. Presentation title and complete list of authors.
  3. Presentation time, location, and session title.

For more information about the Physiological Ecology Section or its awards, please visit the section’s website at:
http://www.biology.duke.edu/jackson/ecophys/.