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Soil Ecology Section Awards

Student Travel Award

Student Travel Awards are typically offered for $250-$500 to cover travel expenses to the annual ESA meeting. Students (or their advisors) must be a Soil Ecology section member. We anticipate awarding 5-6 student travel awards for the 2017 ESA meeting in Portland, OR. Stay tuned for details about the application deadline and submission information, to be announced in spring 2017.

The application email will need to include: 1) a copy of the student’s accepted abstract, 2) a personal statement of your research impact and need for support, and 3) one letter of recommendation.

Best Poster/Best Talk Awards

Each year the Soil Ecology section awards a cash prize recognizing the best student presentation (talk or poster) in soil ecology at the ESA Annual Meeting. Candidates must meet the eligibility requirements for the Buell and Braun awards, but they need not apply to those competitions. Symposium presentations are eligible for this award. The presentation must describe research used for the graduate (or undergraduate) degree; evaluation criteria are similar to those used for the ESA Buell and Braun Awards. A student may apply several times (in different years) as long as he or she meets the qualifications and has not previously won this award. In some years, separate awards may be made for talk and poster presentations, Section budget allowing.

Students apply for the Section’s award by sending an e-mail (with the subject line “ESA SES Student Award”) to the Section Secretary by May 1, 2013 stating

  1. their interest in being an award candidate that year,
  2. that they, or a co-author, are a member of the ESA Soil Ecology Section, and
  3. that they are eligible for the Buell and Braun Awards.

They must also include or attach a copy of their abstract AND a 250-word or less description of why/how the research presented will advance the field of ecology, with attention to soil ecology. Students who do not submit this statement to the section secretary will NOT be considered for an award.


Dr. Jared L. DeForest
Ohio University
315 Porter Hall
Environmental & Plant Biology
Athens, OH 45701

T: 740-593-0742
F: 740-593-1130
Email: ude.oihonull@tserofed