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ESA Annual Meeting Diversity and Inclusion Scholarship

Call for Nominations

Deadline

February 28, 2019

Please note that nominations can ONLY be submitted by current ESA members who are:

  1. Lead Organizers of Symposia, Organized Orals, Inspire, Field Trips, Special Sessions, Workshops  ~ OR ~
  2. Active members of ESA Committees, Sections and Chapters

The ESA Annual Meeting Diversity and Inclusion Scholarship was created to support speakers who bring diverse perspectives to the ESA annual meeting at the interface of science, education, communication, policy and community. They are offered to those who will conduct workshops, trainings, or deliver talks at sessions that have been accepted by the ESA Meetings Program and subject to availability of funds. Awardees must be new to ESA and who might not otherwise attend on their own resources. Frequently Asked Questions are posted below.

Award

The Scholarship is intended to cover: 1) the ESA Annual Meeting one day or full conference registration fee; 2) a complimentary ESA membership, 3) a ticket to the Diversity Forum on Wednesday at 6:30 pm during the meeting and 4) a ticket to the Diversity Luncheon on Thursday.  Nominees are strongly encouraged to attend the Diversity Forum and Luncheon.  Participants from the Louisville area are especially welcome to be nominated.

Criteria

Nominees for the award may come from any sector related to science, communication and education: academia, non-government organizations, industries, or other independent entities, are not previously ESA members and who would not attend the ESA meeting without this support. The scholarship recognizes significant contributions by individuals who work in the field to generate a broader appreciation of ecology as a science and who can enrich the exchange of ideas and perspectives at the ESA meeting.

In addition to the scheduled talk, session or other activity accepted by ESA, scholarship recipients are expected to participate in at least one other activity during the ESA meeting. This may be a section or chapter meeting, a special session or workshop or the Diversity Forum and Diversity Luncheon, where we hope nominees will have the opportunity to interact with other attendees and share their perspectives.

The scholarship will be awarded to engender diversity of race, gender, age, religion, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, presence of disabilities, and educational background.

Who Can Submit Nominations

Nominations can ONLY be submitted by current ESA members who are:

  1. Lead Organizers of Symposia, Organized Orals, Inspire, Field Trips, Special Sessions, Workshops  ~ OR ~
  2. Chairs of ESA Committees, Sections and Chapters

Nominators are expected to attend the ESA meeting and should be committed to enhancing the participation of the nominee during the meeting.

Nomination Details

The nomination form will require the following information:

  • Name, Position, Affiliation of Nominator
  • Name of Nominator’s Section, Chapter or Committee if applicable
  • Name, Position, Affiliation of Nominee
  • A brief description of the Nominee’s work
  • The title and description of the scheduled talk, session or other activity by the nominee and its significance to ESA, how it is aligned with the purpose, eligibility, and/or criteria of the Award
  • How the nominee would participate in the Annual Meeting beyond the scheduled talk, session or other activity? Please propose at least one additional activity that the nominee might be involved in. This may be confirmed later when the program is available.
  • How the nominee might benefit from participating at ESA
  • Any planned or potential follow up by the nominator after the meeting; and
  • The nominator’s role in facilitating any of the above and the role of others if applicable.

Submissions

To be considered, please submit nominations via this online form by February 28, 2019.  Scholarships are expected to be announced by April 1, 2019.

Scholarship Award Chair
Pam Templer, VP of Education and Human Resources
Committee on Diversity and Education
ude.ubnull@relpmetp

Difficulties with Submission?
Please contact: Teresa Mourad,
gro.asenull@aseret


Frequently Asked Questions

1. Will it be possible to propose new sessions in this process?

No, nominations must reference sessions that have already been accepted by ESA. Notification dates for:

  • Organized Oral Sessions and Symposia –  December 6, 2018
  • Inspire, Special Sessions, Workshops, Field Trips  – January 10, 2019

However, you may adjust your special session, workshops or field trips to involve scholarship recipients.

2. Can nominees be co-authors?

Yes, as long as they are at the interface of science, education, communication, policy and community and meet other criteria specified above.

3. Are self-nominations allowed?

No. All speakers must be nominated by current ESA members who are:

  1. Lead Organizers of Symposia, Organized Orals, Inspire, Field Trips, Special Sessions, Workshops  ~ OR ~
  2. Active members of ESA Committees, Sections and Chapters

4. Will the Award cover travel expenses?

No. The award will only cover conference registration, ESA membership, a ticket to the Diversity Forum  on Wednesday and a ticket to the Diversity Luncheon on Thursday.

5. What types of additional activities could nominees participate in?

Since the purpose of the award is to encourage ESA members to gain insights into the interface of science, education, communication, policy and community, we would like nominees to  participate in other activities such as business meetings of sections or chapters as well as other workshops or special sessions.   This may be determined at a later stage after the Meeting program is available. If appropriate, the VP of Education and Human Resources may also invite your nominee to speak at the Diversity Luncheon or to play a role in the Diversity Forum.