SETAC AU Postgraduate Research Publication Award

Category: Awards and Prizes

  11 Apr 2021

The award

This is a SETAC AU award that recognizes the publication of original research by higher degree by research (HDR) students. The students are recognised for being lead author on a peer-reviewed research manuscript published in an international journal. The purpose of the award is to encourage students to publish their research and to promote this research to the broader SETAC community. The research must have a significant impact (or potential impact) in the field.

Nominations should be emailed to the SETAC-AU Secretary at australasia@setac.org by Friday 28th May 2021.

Recognition

Receipt of this award acknowledges the high quality and impact of original research published by the postgraduate student, and the contribution of this research to the field of Environmental Toxicology and/or Chemistry.

Nominations

Candidates may self-nominate, or can be nominated by their research supervisor(s). Nominations should include:

  1. a one-page cover letter with a brief statement (<300 words) that includes an explanation of the student’s contribution to the work, the significance and innovation of the research, and impact or potential impact of the paper. The cover letter should also provide details of student SETAC membership, University enrolment status and supervisor contact details.
  2. a one page CV
  3. a PDF copy of the paper

Prize

The winner will be invited to prepare a one-page research highlights segment for SETAC-AU Endpoint to convey their research findings to the SETAC-AU community. A certificate will be presented to the winner with a cash award of $500, ideally presented at the SETAC-AU annual conference dinner.

Eligibility

The award is to be presented at the SETAC-AU conference to an enrolled higher degree research (HDR) student who in the opinion of the assessment panel has published the best research paper in the 12 months prior to the nomination closing date.

  • Must be a financial member of the SETAC-AU as at 30th June of that year.
  • A paper can only be submitted once for this prize.
  • Full-time or part-time students may apply.
  • The student will have made the major contribution to the research paper, as indicated by being first author or equal first author (either directly by author order or by formal written acknowledgement by all other authors). If this is not the case an explanation should be included.
  • Eligible papers must be published (or in press with doi or proof of acceptance) in the 12-months prior to the nomination closing date in a peer-reviewed international journal.
  • The student must have been enrolled in a HDR degree for no more than 4 years for PhD or no more than 2.5 years for MSc (equivalent for part-time students).

If a student or research paper is nominated that does not meet one or more of the eligibility criteria, a further explanation (max 100 words) must be provided that makes a case to the assessment panel as to why an exception should be made.

Assessment criteria

Papers will be judged the SETAC-AU council, with a minimum quorum of two members who may seek referees' reports based on:

  1. Applicant’s contribution to the paper (as supported by co-authors)
  2. Innovation and originality of the research
  3. Scientific rigour
  4. Clarity of organisation and writing style
     

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