Outstanding Student Display Presentation Award

Southeastern Branch Student Display Awards are given to the M.S. and Ph.D. students who present the best research papers in a display format at the annual Branch meeting. The award is based on both presentation of the display and a written summary. Recipients of the ESA-SEB Outstanding Student Display Presentation Awards each receive $100 cash and a plaque. 
 
Eligibility: The nominee must be a current ESA-SEB student member pursuing an M.S. or Ph.D. degree in entomology. Application for ESA student membership must have been made prior to January 1 of the year the award is granted. The student must not have graduated more than one year prior to presentation of the award at the annual Branch meeting. An active ESA member returning for graduate study is not eligible. The paper submitted for consideration may not have been submitted for publication in a journal prior to the deadline for submission of the presentation summary. 
 
Applications: The competition is announced annually and every eligible student may submit a paper. There is no limit to the number of students who can be from the same institution. A student may enter only one competition each year. Materials for consideration are sent to the ESA-SEB Student Awards Committee Chair. 
 
Evaluation Criteria: The student's display presentation is evaluated by a group of qualified judges according to the following criteria: 
  1. Design of poster- appearance, effective use of fonts, color, illustrations, captures reader’s interest. 
  2. Organization of poster- logical flow of information, easy to read and assimilate. 
  3. Quality of graphics- appropriate and effective use of space, coordination of text and illustrations. 
  4. Research problem- Originality and importance, rigor of experimentation. 
  5. Outcome of research- conclusive results, appropriate summary, high impact. 
Committee Procedures: Chair works with the judges at the ESA-SEB annual meeting to determine awardees for the Outstanding M.S. and Ph.D. Student Display Presentations. Judges evaluate individually student performance and each submits a ranked list of students and associated evaluations to the Student Awards Committee Chair. If there is no clear awardee for an award, the two top-ranked students, as averaged from the Committee member lists, are reevaluated. Chair determines the awardees and presents the awards at the ESA-SEB annual meeting.
 
Award Procedures at the ESA-SEB Annual Meeting: The awards are presented at the ESA-SEB annual meeting and the recipients are expected to be present to receive the award.

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