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Outstanding Paper Award

2023 Call for Nominations for the Outstanding Paper Award 

We are now accepting nominations for the outstanding paper award. Graduate students and recent Ph.D. recipients (within two years of receiving the Ph.D.) are eligible for this award. 

Nominations must meet the following requirements:

1) The paper must result from research done as a graduate student and be in the area of disease ecology.

2) If there are multiple authors, the nominee must be the first author of the paper.

3) The paper must be published in a peer-reviewed journal between January 2022 and the nomination date.

4) At the time of the nomination deadline, the nominee must be a graduate student or have received the Ph.D. within two years and be a member in good standing of the ESA Disease Ecology Section.

Applications will be reviewed by the Awards Committee appointed by the Officers of the Disease Ecology Section. Papers will be judged based on their contribution to the field, including originality, study design, methods and analysis, and impact. A complete nomination packet should include:
  • A copy of the paper
  • A letter of support from someone other than the nominee describing the contribution of the paper to the field. The letter should also confirm the eligibility of the nominee by stating the date of completion of the degree if the nominee is no longer a student or verifying that the nominee is a current graduate student. Letters may be sent separately from the paper and the CV.
  • A CV from the nominee

Applications should be submitted electronically as pdf files. Send files to the Disease Ecology Gmail account ( with the subject line “ESA Disease Ecology Best Paper Award – [Applicant Last Name]”. DEADLINE: May 31, 2023.

The winner will be notified prior to the annual meeting and publicly announced during the Disease Ecology Section Mixer at the ESA Meeting.


Previous Winners

2020: Patrick Clay

2019: Joseph Hoyt

2018: Fletcher Halliday

2017: Pratha Sah

2016: Jeremy Cohen

2015: Alex Strauss