The Young Professional Presentation Award (YPA) recognizes early-career ornithological researchers for their outstanding contributions to ornithology. Two awardees will be selected to deliver talks at the Young Professional Plenary session held at each annual meeting and will be given 25 minutes each (20 minutes for presentation, 5 minutes for questions) to present their research. TThe two awardees each will receive a cash prize, are guaranteed travel awards, and will be invited to a breakfast attended by the COS president, officers, and the chair of the YPA committee on the day prior to the plenary session. Candidates must be COS members and must either have graduated within three years of the annual meeting or at the time of the meeting be in the final phase of graduate studies (last 9 months). In addition, candidates must be sole a uthor (or senior author, if the presentation is co-authored) of the presentation and are expected to be first author of published papers reporting the research.
Applicants will be notified at least 8 weeks before the annual meeting. Individuals who might want to be considered for Presentation Awards (in case they are not selected for a YPA award) need to understand that they will need to submit an additional separate application for the broader NAOC-V Presentation Awards Program (deadline = 29 Feb).
The Young Professional Award has a limit of one per person.
To apply for the YPA for the 2012 annual meeting, submit the following items (as a single pdf attachment) via e-mail to Victoria J. Dreitz (Victoria.Dreitz@cfc.umt.edu) by COB 29 February 2012.
- 2-page curriculum vitae indicating graduation date
- A mini-paper following the guidelines of Articles submission outlined in Nature (see: http://www.nature.co...thors/gta/#a1.2). Body of text (abstract through discussion) should not exceed 1,500 words; literature cited, tables, figures, and figure captions are not included in the word count, but figures and tables are limited to 4 total (figures plus tables) elements.