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  • Wilks Award

    Melanie Colón

    The Wilks Award is presented to the student giving the best oral presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Association. The Wilks Award includes $1000, a certificate, and a set of all available back issues of The Southwestern Naturalist. Students (including those who received their degree within the last year) who are members of the Society are invited to submit a written summary of research (in the format described below) to the President-Elect by 1 February each year. The student must also submit an abstract in standard format (described in the annual Call for Papers), making sure to check the box denoting competition for the Wilks Award, to the Local Committee for the Annual Meeting. The abstract and summary may have multiple authors, but the research must be primarily the work of the student (first author), not that of the major professor or other authors. From the submissions, a judging panel will select up to 4 finalists to make oral presentations (15 minutes in length) in the plenary session at the beginning of the Annual Meeting. An allotment of $250.00 will be granted to each of the 4 finalists to help defer travel costs. The recipient will be selected from this group based on the quality of the oral presentation and the significance of the results. The winner will be announced at the annual banquet.


    Format for research summary, not to exceed TWO single-spaced pages (font 11 pt or greater) including tables, figures, and literature citations:

    Student name

    Institutional address and phone number

    Email address of student

    Statement that the research presented is that of the student

    Summary of research including a brief introduction, methods, results, and conclusions


    Submit the research summary to the President-Elect by 1 Febrary each year. Email submission is preferred. Also submit the standard abstract to the Local Committee for the Annual Meeting. Research summaries, abstracts, and presentations may be in either English or Spanish.


    Submit materials for competition for the Wilks Award to Philip D. Sudman, President-Elect, email: SUDMAN@tarleton.edu.

    Edited by Melanie Colón

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