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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.
 
Award Eligibility:
  • You must be a member of ESA and the Student Section OR a first time ESA annual meeting attendee.
  • You must be enrolled as a student (high school, undergraduate, Masters or Ph.D.) or one-year post-graduation
  • You must be in good academic standing.
  • You must attend the Trailblazing Student at ESA event at the 2020 ESA Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah from August 2nd-7th, 2020
  • Minorities are encouraged to apply.
  • See award application for additional eligibility requirements
 
All award recipients will receive:
  1. $300 Student Section Travel Grant
  2. $200 Cash Prize
  3. FREE 1-year membership with ESA and Student Section
  4. Award Plaque
  5. Recognition at the 2020 Annual Meeting during the Trailblazing Students at ESA event 
Award Description and Application:

Trailblazing Undergraduate Research

Award Description 

  • 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

Trailblazing Graduate Research (Master’s and Ph.D. level)

Award Description 

  • 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.

Trailblazing Ecology Publication (Old name: Outstanding Student Award)

Award Description 

  • 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.

Trailblazing Work in Diversity and Inclusion

Award Description 

  • 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.


Trailblazing Work in Community Outreach and Scientific Communication 

Award Description 

  • 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.

Trailblazing Work in Science Policy

Award Description 

  • 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.

Trailblazing Work in Education 

Award Description 

  • 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

  • 2020