Deadline: September 17, 2021. The American Society of Primatologists Education Committee (ASPEC) will hold the annual Student Competition sponsored by the American Journal of Primatology (AJP) at the 2021 meeting to recognize high quality, first-authored student presentations. Prize winning categories may include Outstanding, Outstanding First Place, Outstanding Second Place, and Honorable Mention for both Oral and Poster presentations.
1. Up to four awards will be given, generally two for oral presentations and two for poster presentations. Awardees each receive a certificate, cash prize and a one-year membership to ASP with electronic access to the American Journal of Primatology. AJP publisher Wiley will give a substantial bonus offer to make this manuscript freely available to download for a period of one year post-publication, if accepted following submission to the AJP.
2. Honorable Mention Oral and Poster Awardees each receive a certificate, cash prize, and a one-year membership to ASP with electronic access to the American Journal of Primatology. AJP publisher Wiley will also make this manuscript freely available to download for a period of one year post-publication, if accepted following submission to the AJP.
Eligibility: To be eligible for the Student Competition, a paper or poster must meet the following criteria:
1. The first author (Principle Investigator, PI) must be a student registrant* of the ASP meeting who has not previously won a prize for a paper or poster in Student Competition. *Student registrants are strongly encouraged to become members of ASP. Students may join ASP or renew membership at www.asp.org.
2. Individuals who have completed all terminal degree requirements before the abstract submission deadline are INELIGIBLE for the Student Competition.
3. The research to be presented must be primarily the work of the first author(s) (PI), and PIs must attest to their contribution to the research in the Application.
4. Abstracts for each oral or poster presentation must be ACCEPTED by the ASP Program Committee for the presentation to be eligible for the Student Competition.
5. The student contestant must personally make the oral or poster presentation. Co-PI’s are not permitted for ORAL presentations. If there are two co-PIs for a poster submission, BOTH students must attend the poster session, if they wish to be considered equal partners for purposes of awards and recognition.
6. The fully completed Application must be mailed electronically to email@example.com by 5:00 p.m. EST on September 17, 2021. *NOTE: If the student cannot attend the meeting to which an abstract has been submitted, the abstract should be withdrawn in writing to the ASPEC Co-chairs, Dr. Brett Frye and Dr. Lauren Robinson <firstname.lastname@example.org> no less than 5 days before the start of the meeting. If the student wishes to withdraw from the competition, but still present the paper/poster, the ASPEC Chairperson should be notified of this change no less than 5 days before the start of the meeting.
1. Register for the conference.
2. Submit an Abstract and indicate that you wish to participate in the Student Competition.
3. Submit a completed Application for the Student Competition at email@example.com by September 17, 2021 and follow the guidelines below:
a) Cover Letter: Provide a cover letter that indicates the author’s (PI’s) intent to enter the competition AND explain the author’s contribution to the research. If the research presentation is multi-authored, state the contributions of EACH of the authors in terms of intellectual, written, and/or methodological investment. If two student co-authors (Co-PIs) contributed equally to a POSTER presentation, and they want to be considered as co-PIs, please indicate that this is the case. Award recipients in such a case will each receive a check for half the amount of the total award, but otherwise will each receive other prizes and award recognition.
b) Summary: Provide a brief summary of the oral or poster presentation in up to 1000 words (approx. 2 pages, single-spaced, 12pt font, 1-inch margins), excluding references. You may use diagrams, graphs or pictures, but the total length of the summary should not exceed 3 pages (including these objects). Use AJP style when referencing, tables, and figure captions. Organize your summary under the following headings:
1. Research questions or hypotheses
2. Background to questions, including the rational and significance of the hypothesis
3. Methods used to answer the questions
7. References (are not counted in 1000 word limit)
*Regarding Criterion 1. above, the ASPEC would like to emphasize that this competition is intended to judge work that is conceived, developed, conducted, and written by students/trainees. We recognize the valuable contribution of professors and fellow students, and for that reason will accept multi-authored papers. However, we encourage participants to take seriously the notion that this is a STUDENT COMPETITION. As such, entries will be limited to undergraduate and graduate students, as well as post-baccalaureate trainees, lab/research technicians who have not yet enrolled in graduate school.
Review and Decisions: The ASP Education Committee reviews the Application (1st round judging), the data blitz presentation, as well as the Oral /Poster presentation given at the meeting (2nd round judging) for background and significance, quality of research design, organization, written, visual, and oral clarity of presentation. Applications are judged in a blind fashion prior to the meeting, and the top 5-7 Applications in both categories, finalists, are judged at the meeting. Specific criteria for 2nd round judging may be found here. Award Recipients are announced and prizes awarded at the Closing Banquet on the last evening of the Annual Meeting. Any questions regarding the student competition may be directed to the ASPEC Co-Chairs, Dr. Lauren Robinson and Dr. Brett Frye, at firstname.lastname@example.org . Award Recipients are encouraged to submit their work to the American Journal of Primatology for publication. Award Recipients will be listed and abstracts published in the annual meeting issue of the AJP, in the ASP Bulletin, newsletter, and other media. Abstracts will also be published on the Society’s web page.