Trailblazing Students at ESA
Trailblazing Students at ESA
The ESA Student Section is proud to present our new Trailblazing Students Awards! The goal of the new Student Section awards is to highlight the achievements of STUDENTS in various sectors of ecology, such as research, diversity and inclusion, community outreach and science communication, ecology education, and science policy.
- Registration/travel grant (up to $300)
- $200 cash prize
- Free 1 year ESA + Student Section Membership (2021)
Eligibility and Conditions
- Minorities and those with disabilities are encouraged to apply
- You must be a current member of ESA and the Student Section or a first time meeting attendee
- You must be enrolled as a student or one-year post-graduation
- You must be in good academic standing
- You must attend the Student Section Business Meeting
- You must take a 2 hr shift to work out booth (in person) or help with Student Section events (virtual)
- You will help judge the next year’s Trailblazing Students Awards
- You will be featured on a FB live and social media takeover
- You may apply for as many different awards as you want, but you must submit a new form each time
- You cannot apply if you won the previous year (but you can apply every other year)
- You cannot win the same category
Award Description and Application:
- The Student Section seeks to acknowledge an undergraduate student’s innovative and scholarly research in the field of ecology. This award highlights undergraduate research that introduces a new original idea and/or uses novel methods to address ecological problems that are of particular significance to the scientific community. The recipients of the Innovative Graduate Research will present a 20-minute talk on their research during the Trailblazing Students at ESA event
- The Student Section seeks to acknowledge a graduate student’s innovative and scholarly research in the field of ecology. This award highlights graduate research that introduces a new original idea and/or uses novel methods to address ecological problems that are of particular significance to the scientific community. The recipients of the Innovative Graduate Research will present a 20-minute talk on their research during the Trailblazing Students at ESA event.
- The Student Section’s Trailblazing Ecology Publication award honors a student that publishes a paper of particular significance to the scientific community. Broadly, we select winners based on the citability, credibility and relevance of published research.
- This award seeks to highlight significant work done with underrepresented groups to enhance their understanding of the natural and environmental sciences, and/or to better equip individuals from underrepresented backgrounds for careers in the field of ecology. It can include but is not limited to: serving as a mentor, creating internships opportunities for underrepresented students, organizing professional development workshops, or conducting outreach events/programs for underrepresented individuals.
- This award aims to highlight outstanding work done to promote and enhance public understanding of scientific concepts pertaining to the field of ecology or the natural and environmental sciences. The work must have been done on a consistent basis over a period of time, with some evidence of its effectiveness. It can be in person activities or social media based outreach. This includes but is not limited to, after school programs that work with grade school students, community engagement activities like environmental fairs, or workshops with teachers on how to better convey the appeal of environmental science to their students.
- This award seeks to recognize and highlight outstanding individuals who have done commendable work in Science Policy related to Ecology. Judging criteria include but are not limited to: research done in Science Policy, projects/ initiatives undertaken related to Science Policy and the impact it will have in the field of Ecology. We are seeking individuals who put both effort and passion into their work with the goal of inspiring future change in the field of Science Policy.
- We seek leaders passionate about improving various aspects of ecology education, from teaching to hands-on field experiences. We aim to highlight student excellence in the realm of ecology education. Have you designed your own inquiry-based course? Revised a lab handbook based on teaching best practices? Advocated for new teaching initiatives? If this sounds like you, apply for the Ecology Education Award!
Trailblazing Students Awardees