The Canadian Society for Ecology & Evolution (CSEE) invites Ph.D. candidates who are at an advanced stage of their dissertation (typically the final two years) to apply for the Excellence in Doctoral Research Award. Award winners will receive $500 cash, and will have an opportunity to present their doctoral research in our Graduate Student Award Symposium at the annual CSEE meeting, which will take place from May 28th-31st 2020 in beautiful Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Winners will also receive up to a $1500 travel stipend to cover travel expenses for themselves and partners/dependants to attend the meeting.
The deadline to apply is March 2nd, 2020. Results will be announced at least two weeks before the closing of the ‘early bird’ registration period.
Scope and Criteria
This award aims to showcase excellent student research from within the society. Successful applicants will have conducted high-quality research that addresses fundamental questions or is of an applied nature in the fields of ecology and/or evolution. In addition to demonstrated scholarship and merit, the selection committee aims to promote diversity in science (see the CSEE Diversity & Inclusivity Statement here), and to balance field of study and institutional representation. All eligible PhD students are encouraged to apply (see Eligibility).
Applicants must have been (i) registered in a Ph.D. program within the year of application (2020) and (ii) a member of CSEE at the time of application. There is no citizenship or residence requirement. Applicants should have advanced to candidacy but should not have completed their degree requirements as of December 31st, 2019 (these individuals are encouraged to apply for the CSEE Early Career Award). Successful applicants are expected to attend the CSEE meeting in Edmonton in May and to present their work as part of the CSEE Graduate Student Awards Symposium (exceptions will be considered on an individual basis). Applicants from last year who were not selected for the award but still meet the eligibility criteria are encouraged to re-apply.
Applications must include the following sections:
- Thesis Summary (300 words maximum): A summary of your thesis (i.e., thesis abstract). You may use subheadings for different thesis chapters if desired. The applicant should make it clear how their research advances the state of knowledge in their field.
- Other Relevant Activities (250 words maximum): In this section describe any professional and extracurricular activities that demonstrate your communication and leadership skills.
- Select Awards and Contributions (1 page maximum): Using three headings, highlight (i) awards that you have received, (ii) talks or posters that you have given and (iii) papers you have published. Do not include papers that are in preparation, submitted, or being revised for a journal (including preprints)—only include manuscripts that are published or have been given final acceptance and are ‘in press’. If in press, provide the manuscript number. The applicant must remove their name from all publications and replace it with “Applicant”, in bold.
- Letter of support (1 page maximum) from your PhD advisor or a committee member. Letters should speak to the criteria listed above and should clearly state that the applicant is close to completion of their thesis. Letters must not contain the name of the applicant but rather non-identifying terms such as “The Applicant”, or similar. For example, “The applicant has been a member of my lab…”.
Sections 1 through 3 should be submitted as a single pdf file with the filename “<lastname_firstinitial>_CSEE_PhDaward.pdf” to firstname.lastname@example.org (e.g., Smith_J_CSEE_PhDaward.pdf). The letter of support should be submitted directly from the referee to the same email address and should have the same format as the application with “_Letter” added to the end (e.g., Smith_J_CSEE_PhDAward_Letter.pdf). All materials are due by the deadline indicated above. We will respond to each email to confirm receipt within one week.
The name (first or last) of the applicant must not appear anywhere within the application other than the file names. This anonymization is meant to reduce bias during the evaluation process. Failure to properly anonymize applications could result in disqualification.
Other Important Information
Successful applicants will give a 30-minute talk (23 minute talk and 7-minute question period and transition) in the Graduate Student Award Symposium and will not be able to give a separate talk during the conference. Awardees can present a poster if space is available. Successful applicants must respond to accept the award and confirm their registration within one week of notification. Successful applicants will be ineligible for Student/Post-doc travel awards as they are already given a stipend.