Society of Systematic Biologists Ernst Mayr Award (Graduate Student Award) ~

1 de febrero de 2011

Society of Systematic Biologists Ernst Mayr Award (Graduate Student Award)

The Ernst Mayr Award is given to the presenter of the outstanding student
talk in the field of systematics at the annual meetings of the Society of
Systematic Biologists. The award consists of $1000, a special certificate,
and a two-year subscription to the journal Systematic Biology.

Who is Eligible. Members of the Society who are students or have completed
their Ph.D. within the last 15 months are eligible. Applicants may be from
any country, but must be members of SSB, and are advised to join the
Society as soon as possible to be considered (to join go to: Previous Mayr award winners are not

Application Procedure. Applications should be sent to the current SSB
Awards Committee Chair (Sydney Cameron), at
E-mail submissions are required. IN THE SUBJECT LINE OF THE E-MAIL, please
indicate the SSB award category as "Mayr Award" followed by first name
initial and last name.

Applicant Procedure:

1. To be eligible for this award, you will need to email a 400-word
abstract of your talk to the SSB Mayr Awards Committee
( by April 1, 2011. All candidates will be
notified of their status no later than April 10, 2011. Please note that
the cut-off date for talk submission is April 17, 2011, which coincides
with the final day for "early bird" registration of the annual Evolution
meeting, this year "Evolution 2011", hosted by the University of Oklahoma
in Norman, OK. This gives you at least a week between notification of
acceptance by the committee and talk submission deadline date.
2. If selected as a Mayr Award candidate, create a login on the Evolution
2011 registration site and register for the meeting.
3. After receiving verification of registration payment, you will receive
a special code via email that will allow you to login to the Evolution
2011 Presentation Submission site. When you submit your title and keywords
you will be given an option to declare your candidacy for the SSB Ernst
Mayr Award.
4. Your presentation will be placed in the Ernst Mayr Student Presentation
Award session for Evolution 2011. Again, you must first register and pay
for the meeting before we can place your talk into the session.

Judging. Based on the submitted abstracts, the Mayr Awards Committee
(appointed by the Awards Chair) will select a maximum of 16 applicants for
inclusion in the Ernst Mayr Award session, which will be held at a single
venue as a continuous session.

Talks will be judged on creativity, quality, excellence of research, and
quality of presentation. Abstracts should clearly indicate methods used,
conclusions, and the relevance to systematics. Presentations focusing on
other areas of biology (ecology, behavior, genetics, populations or
molecular biology, etc.) that lack a strong systematics emphasis are not

Co-Authors. The paper may be co-authored. It is understood that the ideas,
data and conclusions presented are primarily and substantially the work of
the student presenter, and the intention is that the student presenter
will be senior author on the published version of the paper.

Notification of Winner. The winner of the award will be announced at the
SSB business meeting in Normal and again during the banquet awards
ceremony (complimentary ticket provided) at the conclusion of the
Evolution Meetings, whereupon the winner will be given an award
certificate. An announcement of the winner will also be published in
Systematic Biology.

Sydney A. Cameron
Assoc. Prof.
Department of Entomology
and Program in Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology
University of Illinois
320 Morrill Hall
505 S. Goodwin Ave.
Urbana, IL 61801

ofc ph. 217-333-2340
lab ph 217-333-2170
cell ph 217 766-5631

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