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Ernst Mayr Award
Please see below for the most recent, up-to-date information on submitting your talk for competition in the Mayr Symposium.
General Information. 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 (SSB). This is SSB's premier award, and is judged by the quality and creativity of the research completed over the course of the student's Ph.D. program. The award consists of $1000, a certificate of distinction, and a two-year subscription to the journal Systematic Biology.
Eligibility. 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: http://systbio.org/?q=node/6). Previous Mayr award winners are not eligible.
Judging. Based on the submitted abstracts, the Mayr Awards Committee (appointed by the Awards Chair, Sean Brady) will select a maximum of 16 applicants for inclusion in the Mayr Award symposium.
The Mayr symposium will be held at a single venue as a continuous session. Talks will be judged on creativity, depth and excellence of research, and on quality of presentation. Competitive students are expected to be in the final stages of their doctoral program, presenting results of a major body of work.
Co-Authors. The talk 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. If a submission includes multiple authors, include a brief section below the abstract that outlines the contribution of each author to the research.
Notification of Winner. The winner of the award will be announced at the SSB business meeting in Snowbird 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 (the check will be mailed). An announcement of the winner will also be published in Systematic Biology and placed on the SSB website (see last year's winner at http://systbiol.org/).
The Barcode of Life
The Genealogical World of Phylogenetic Networks
BMC Evolutionary Biology
Molecular Biology and Evolution