Student Opportunities

Awards

Lewin Award Eligibility (Poster Presentation)

Graduate students who are PSA members, regardless of nationality, are eligible to compete for the Lewin Award, as well as former students within twelve months of completion of their degree. Posters with multiple authors are permitted, but the student competing for the award must be the first and presenting author. Only one poster per student per year may be entered in the competition. If meeting rules allow multiple posters to be contributed by the same presenting author, the student must designate which poster is to be considered for the award.

To compete for the Lewin Award: Students must notify the Award Committee chair (Dr. Heather Spalding, hspaldin@hawaii.edu) via e-mail on or before May 1, 2018. The email must include (1) a statement of interest, (2) a tentative title of their presentation, and (3) the name and contact information of the student’s research director (mentor or major advisor) or department chair. The student must request that an original signed letter be sent by email to the Award Committee Chair directly from the student's research director (mentor or major advisor) or department chair, verifying that the candidate is a student and that the work to be presented represents the initiative, imagination, and labor of the student. In the case of multiple authors, the mentor will need to certify that the poster is primarily the work of the candidate. This letter of support must also be received by May 1, 2018.

Bold Award Eligibility (Oral Presentation)

Graduate students who are PSA members, regardless of nationality, are eligible to compete for the Bold Award, as well as former students within twelve months of completion of their degree. The work presented must be that of the student, must be presented orally by the student in English, and should be a complete or nearly complete project. Only one presentation may be made per year and students may enter no more than twice, and not in successive years. Previous Bold Award recipients and those who have failed to give a scheduled Bold Award paper without valid reason are ineligible.

To compete for the Bold Award: Students must notify the Award Committee chair (Dr. Heather Spalding, hspaldin@hawaii.edu) via e-mail on or before May 1, 2018. The email must include (1) a statement of interest, (2) a tentative title of their presentation, and (3) the name and contact information of the student’s research director (mentor or major advisor) or department chair. The student must request that an original signed letter be sent by email to the Award Committee Chair directly from the student's research director (mentor or major advisor) or department chair, verifying that the candidate is a student and that the work to be presented represents the initiative, imagination, and labor of the student. This letter of support must also be received by May 1, 2018.

ISOP Holz-Conner Travel Award

This award was established to honor George Holz and Robert Conner. Its purpose is to increase membership and enrolment in the ISOP by supporting the participation of students and postdocs at Society’s annual meetings. It currently provides up to $1,500 per person, to support the travel and accommodation needs of applicants who are presenting their work (talk or poster) at the annual Society meeting. Only members of the ISOP may apply. The application deadline this year is May 1, 2018. Apply by submitting a completed application form by email to ISOP awards committee chair David Montagnes (D.J.S.Montagnes@liverpool.ac.uk). Application form and further information available on the ISOP website (https://protistologists.org/programs/awards/holz-conner-award/)