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Student Section Awards

Centennial Fellowship
Call For Applications

Program Description:
In celebration of the Ecological Society of America’s 100th Anniversary, the ESA Student Section is proud to offer the Centennial Graduate Student Fellowship Program to outstanding graduate students interested in fostering public understanding and appreciation of ecological research and in encouraging pre-college students to consider research careers in ecology. Up to five Centennial Graduate Student Fellows will be selected and awarded a monetary fellowship of $500 each. 
 
Applications are welcomed from all graduate students interested in public outreach and communication.  Selected fellows will prepare engaging and informative presentations (i.e. not just PowerPoints) for use in engaging public audiences. The goals of this fellowship program are to:

  • Develop community relationships between ecologists and the public.
  • Foster public understanding and appreciation of ecological research.
  • Encourage pre-college students to consider research careers in ecology.
  • Create opportunities for ecologists to develop and practice skills needed to successfully communicate with the public.
  • Integrate ecologists into real world community-based education and outreach.  

Fellows are asked to identify target audiences and how they might engage these groups in sharing ecologically relevant scientific information.  The ESA Student Section will provide an online training program and Fellows will be expected to conduct an assessment of their activities. Priority will be given to applicants within the vicinity of this year’s annual meeting (Philadelphia to Richmond) so as to highlight the wealth of information that will be available at the meeting.
 
Application materials must include, the application form, a brief cover letter, two letters of support, a media or portfolio item demonstrating your communication abilities, and your CV.

For complete details and application forms please visit www.esastudents.org/awards/

Application deadline Friday June 5th.

Please send all inquiries to moc.liamgnull@ase.stneduts

Travel Awards

REAL BROWN TRAVEL AWARDS

For more information and the application form visit: http://www.esastudents.org/awards/

The Student Section offers national and international travel awards to encourage student attendance at the annual ESA meeting. These awards target students presenting at the meeting who could not otherwise afford to attend.

Eligibility

  • You must be a member of ESA and the Student Section.
  • You must be enrolled as a student (high school, undergraduates, Masters and Ph.D).
  • You must be in good academic standing.
  • You must attend the Student Section Mixer, Business Meeting & Award Ceremony and one additional Student Section event at the annual meeting to receive your award. Student Section events for the annual meeting can be found clicking HERE
  • Minorities are encouraged to apply.
  • You will be notified of award status at the latest by July 1st, 2015.

Student Section board members will evaluate applications based on professional achievements and demonstrated need. We strongly discourage applicants who have access to funding for the meeting.
Submit your application form and abstract acceptance confirmation to moc.liamgnull@ase.stneduts by 5 pm EST, of May 15, 2015. Applications will be accepted after this date, pending funding availability until June 1 2015. The applicant must submit the application package as a single pdf in one email with the subject “ESA-SS travel award 2015”.
*If you have submitted a late-breaking abstract and are waiting to hear about its acceptance, note this on your application and we will take it into consideration.

Ecologists Go To Washington Field Trip – Free for Students!

Call For Applications

The ESA Student Section in partnership with the ESA Policy Section Invite applications from students for free attendance to the Friday August 14th Field Trip to Washington DC.

Program Description:
 
The Ecological Society of America (ESA) Policy Section in collaboration with the ESA Student Section invite applications for support for the ‘Ecologists go to Washington’ Field Trip.  A total of 40-50 full cost tickets are available for students to attend the Friday, August 14th trip.  This field trip will be a day-long event (travel by motor coach provided) and will allow participants the opportunity to explore the science/policy interface with a trip to our nation’s capitol. The day’s events will include an overview of how science policy is coordinated at the federal level.  Participants will also explore the roles that professional scientific societies, such as  ESA, play in informing science policy.  Conversations with ecologists who work at the science-policy interface at all levels of government will be plentiful, and the day will close with a networking reception for all participants.
 
Successful applicants will receive full reimbursement for field trip registration, travel and, a packed lunch.
 
Applications should be submitted to moc.liamgnull@ase.stneduts by May 29th at 5pm EST with the subject ‘Ecologists go to Washington Application’.
 
For complete details and application forms please visit http://www.esastudents.org/
Application deadline: Friday, May 29th.
Please send all inquiries to moc.liamgnull@ase.stneduts

Eco-Service Award

Presented by the ESA Student Section & Union of Concerned Scientists

For more information and the application form visit: http://www.esastudents.org/awards/

The Union of Concerned Scientists’ (UCS), in partnership with the Student Section of the Ecological Society of America, will honor young scientists for their contributions to the discipline of ecology that have extended beyond the realm of academia and into the broader communities of which they are a part. The goal of this award is to recognize research that promotes application, outreach, and education.

Eligibility

  • You must be a member of ESA and the Student Section. Membership in UCS is strongly recommended.
  • You must be enrolled as a student (high school, undergraduate, Masters and Ph.D).
  • You must be in good academic standing.
  • You must attend the Student Section Mixer, Business Meeting & Award Ceremony and one additional Student Section event at the annual meeting to receive your award. Student Section events for the annual meeting can be found by clicking HERE
  • Minorities are encouraged to apply.

Selection Criteria

A panel that includes the boards of both the Student Section and UCS will evaluate each applicant’s contributions to ecoservice, which includes but is not limited to outreach, environmental justice and education. The goal of this award is to engage young ecologists in research that reaches beyond inquiry and into application. For more information on what ecoservice is, please read this article: Salguero-Gómez R, Whiteside M, Talbot J & Laurance W. 2009. After Eco comes Service. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 7, 277-278.

The application package consists of the following 4 parts:

  • UCS-ESA-SS Ecoservice Award Application form
  • Current CV
  • Letter of recommendation
  • Unofficial transcript

Submit all materials to moc.liamgnull@ase.stneduts by 5 pm EST, June 26, 2015. Please submit the application package in a single email with the subject “UCS–ESA-SS Ecoservice Award 2015.” Letters of recommendation may be submitted directly to the Student Section in an email with the subject “UCS–ESA-SS Ecoservice Award –RECOMMENDER’S LAST NAME”.

UCS and ESA-SS are equal opportunity organizations.

Outstanding Student Award: Due June 30th

Presented by the ESA Student Section

For more information and the application form visit: http://www.esastudents.org/awards/

The Student Section’s Outstanding Student Research in Ecology 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.

ELIGIBILITY AND NOMINATION

  • You must be a member of ESA and the Student Section.
  • You must be enrolled as a student (high school, undergraduates, Masters and Ph.D).
  • You must be in good academic standing.
  • You must attend the Student Section Mixer, Business Meeting & Award Ceremony and one additional Student Section event at the annual meeting to receive your award. 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, which is appointed by the officers of the Student Section. Papers will be judged based on the research paper’s contribution to the field, originality, study design, and impact.

Nomination packets should include:

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

Student Section board members will evaluate applications based on professional achievements and demonstrated need.

Submit your application and abstract acceptance confirmation to moc.liamgnull@ase.stneduts by 5 pm EST, June 30, 2015. The applicant must submit the application package in a single email with the subject “ESA-SS outstanding student award 2015.”

UCS and ESA-SS are equal opportunity organizations.