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Awards & Honors

Society Awards and Honors

The ISRS awards acknowledge the scholarship and work of members within ISRS. Following decisions of its Council during May/ June 2014, the ISRS solicits and encourages nominations from members of ISRS for each of the awards listed below. The closing date for receipt of nominations for each award or honor considered annually is December 31st.

Members Awards

The awards available to full members are the:

  1. Young Scientist Award: one awarded each year to a scientist under the age of 35, in recognition of a publication or series of publications. [award details and nomination form]
  2. Mid-Career Scientist Award: one awarded each year in recognition of excellence in research during the preceding approximately 10 years by a mid-career scientist. [award details and nomination form]
  3. Eminence in Research Award: up to two awarded per year to an established scientist in recognition of an outstanding body of research over an extended period of time. (The award is seen as being second in status to the Darwin award of which only one is awarded every 4 years.) [award details and nomination form]
  4. World Reef Award: one awarded per year in recognition of scientific or conservation achievement by an individual who is a member of a group under-represented in the field of reef science or management. [award details and nomination form]
  5. ISRS Fellow: the status of ISRS Fellow being awarded to a member in recognition of scientific achievement and / or service to reef conservation or management and / or service to ISRS over a significant period of time. Up to 15% of full members may be recognised as Fellows as a result of a competitive application / nomination process. [award details and nomination form]
  6. Honorary Membership: awarded for life and held by a maximum of 10 individuals at any one time. [award details and nomination form]
  7. Best Paper Award: awarded one per year for the scientific paper considered to be the best published in Coral Reefs during any one year. [award details and nomination form]
  8. Darwin Medal: the Society’s premier honor, awarded once every 4 years to an eminent late career scientist. [award details and nomination form]

Nominations (including self-nominations) for each of the above awards may be made by any existing active member of ISRS.  A nomination should consist of

  • a completed nomination form,
  • a one-page nomination letter (not to exceed 500 words)
  • two letters of support (not to exceed 500 words each) from other current ISRS members
  • a 2-5 page c.v. of the nominee

The letters should avoid repeating information present in each other or in the nominee’s c.v. All nomination materials for a candidate must be submitted together as a single document (either a Word or pdf file). The file should be named as AWARDNAME_NOMINATOR_NOMINEE. All nominations should be submitted by 31st December of each year. Nominations should be sent by email to both the corresponding secretary of the Society and to the secretary of the Society’s awards committee. Nomination materials not meeting all of the nomination requirements will be returned to the nominator without review. The nomination of a person to become an Honorary Member must be approved by a majority of the Council of the Society and by each one individually of the Society’s officers. It must be born in mind that the status of an Honorary Member is a highly prestigious one, and that no more than ten (10) individuals may hold Honorary Membership at any one time. Nominations for ISRS Fellows will be reviewed by all ISRS Council members, with up to 20 nominations being accepted by vote of the Council by March 31st in each of the years 2015-2018. Subsequently nominations will be reviewed by the existing Fellows, with up to 10 members per year being approved for Fellowship status, subject to the extant number of Fellows not exceeding 15% of the total number of Society members.

Student Awards

Awards available to full student members are:

  1. One or two Best Poster Awards, at each ISRS sponsored conference [award details and application form]
  2. A Best Presentation Award, at each ISRS sponsored conference [award details and application form]
  3. A Graduate Fellowships in Reef Ecosystems: a small research grant awarded competitively each year to a graduate student. [We are not accepting applications at this time.]

 

Award Details

Young Scientist Award – A single award is made annually in recognition of an exceptional publication or series of publications by a young scientist. Candidates must be both less than 6 years post PhD and under the age of 35 years at the time of nomination, be a current ISRS member, and have been an ISRS member for at least five of the past ten years. The recipient is expected to give an invited talk at the next International Coral Reef Symposium following the award, and will be provided with a recipient’s badge carrying the Society’s logo and stating “Invited Speaker – Young Scientist Award”; the recipient will also receive a certificate and be automatically elevated to the status of ISRS Fellow. [Nomination Form]

Mid-Career Scientist Award – A single award is made annually in recognition of excellence in research during the preceding approximately 10 years by a mid-career scientist. Candidates must be within 20 years of their PhD and under the age of 45 at the time of the nomination, be a current ISRS member, and have been a member for at least ten of the past fifteen years. The recipient is expected to give an invited talk at the next International Coral Reef Symposium following the award, and will be provided with a recipient’s badge carrying the Society’s logo and stating “Invited Speaker – Mid-Career Scientist Award”: the recipient will also receive a certificate, and be automatically elevated to the status of ISRS Fellow. [Nomination Form]

Eminence in Research Award – Either one or two awards are made annually in recognition of an outstanding body of research completed over an extended career. Candidates must be more than 25 years beyond their PhD or over the age of 50 at the time of the nomination, be a current ISRS member, and have been an ISRS member for at least ten of the past fifteen years. The recipient is expected to give an invited talk at the next International Coral Reef Symposium following the award, and will be provided with a recipient’s badge carrying the Society’s logo and stating “Invited Speaker – Eminence in Research Award”; the recipient will also receive a certificate, and be automatically elevated to the status of ISRS Fellow, if not one already. The awards differs from Darwin Medal which is the Society’s most prestigious award and of which only one is awarded every four years. [Nomination Form]

World Reef Award – The World Reef Award is comparable to the preceding awards, but is reserved for a member coming from a location, social group, gender or background from within which their potential to achieve is likely to have been restricted in some way, to a greater or lesser extent. A single award is made annually in recognition of achievement by an individual who is a member of a group apparently disadvantaged or under-represented in the field of reef science or management. Candidates must be less than 15 years post PhD and under the age of 40 at the time of nomination, be a current ISRS member, and have been an ISRS member for at least five of the past ten years. The nomination letter should stipulate the under-represented or disadvantaged group to which the nominee belongs. The recipient is expected to give an invited talk at the next International Coral Reef Symposium following the award, and will be provided with a recipient’s badge carrying the Society’s logo and stating “World Reef Award”; the recipient will also receive a certificate and be automatically elevated to the status of ISRS Fellow. [Nomination Form]

ISRS Fellow – The status of ISRS Fellow is awarded to a proportion of members who have provided significant service to the Society or demonstrated significant relevant achievement. The award is more broadly based than the Young Scientist, Mid-Career Scientist and Eminence in Research awards and need not reflect such a high level of achievement. Specifically the status of Fellow of the Society may be awarded to a member in recognition of their scientific achievement and / or service to reef conservation or management and / or service to the Society. Candidates must be a current ISRS member and have been a member for at least ten of the past fifteen years. Recipients of the Darwin Medal, Eminence in Research, Mid-Career Scientist, Young Scientist and World Reef awards will automatically be offered the status of ISRS Fellow. Other Fellows will be recognized through a competitive application / nomination process. Fellow status is for life, subject to the Fellow undertaking to maintain their ISRS membership.

Members are able to nominate other members or themselves, using the appropriate application / nomination form. Provisionally up to 20 new Fellows may be approved per year. After three years (when the number of Fellows may be expected to approach 10% of the total membership of the Society), this limit on the number of new Fellows will be reduced to 10 per year, with a cap being placed on the total number of Fellows at 15% of total membership. The selection and approval of new Fellows will be undertaken on an annual basis for the first three years by the Council of the Society; subsequent to this the selection of new Fellows will be undertaken by the whole body of Fellows, rather than by the Council. [Nomination Form]

Honorary Membership – Honorary Membership of the International Society for Reef Studies is considered one of the Society’s most prestigious honors, awarded to highly eminent individuals who are considered to have made a major regional or global contribution to the cause of marine science, conservation or management, relevant to reefs and reef studies. It may be held by a maximum of 10 individuals at any one time. While a majority of honorary members may be eminent members who have made exceptional contributions to reef science, honorary membership may also be awarded to any person, whether or not an existing member, who is considered to have made an exceptional contribution to knowledge and understanding of the marine environment in general, or reefs in particular, or to the Society or its mission or its activities. Honorary Membership is awarded for life, and consists of receiving full membership of the Society, including all benefits and privileges, without any charge. Honorary members are listed annually in the Society’s publications and also on the Society’s website. [Nomination Form]

The Best Paper Award – At the end of each year the editorial board of the society’s journal CORAL REEFS votes on The Best Paper that was published in CORAL REEFS during the course of that year. The Best Paper Award includes a certificate, a glass trophy, and a cash prize of €1,000. A list of past Best Paper Award winners can be found here.

The Darwin Medal – The Darwin medal is the most prestigious award given by the International Society for Reef Studies, is presented every four years at the International Coral Reef Symposium. It is awarded to a senior ISRS member who is recognized worldwide for major contributions throughout her/his career. Follow this link for specific instructions on nominations.

 

Best Student Poster Award – To be eligible for this award a graduate or undergraduate student (or recent student) must

  • be the first author on (and where relevant present) the poster concerned,
  • be a current member of ISRS at the commencement of the meeting,
  • be a registered student at the time of the abstract submission.

Two awards will be given at each ICRS and one at each other ISRS sponsored meeting e.g. regional or special topic meetings. The winners will receive a certificate, free membership of the society for the following year (and if available a small prize). In order to be considered for the award prize the student or another member of the society on their behalf must submit at least two weeks prior to the commencement of the conference a completed application form (see Student Award Application Form below). Posters will be evaluated using a standardized evaluation form by a panel of suitably experienced volunteer meeting participants. Evaluation scores will be tabulated at the meeting and the awards made at the end of the meeting. [Application Form]

Best Student Oral (Spoken) Presentation Award – To be eligible for this award a graduate or undergraduate student (or recent student) must

  • be the presenter of the paper,
  • be the first or second author of the presentation concerned,
  • be a current member of ISRS at the commencement of the meeting,
  • be a registered student at the time of the abstract submission.

Two awards will be given at each ICRS and one at each other ISRS sponsored meeting e.g. regional or special topic meetings. The winners will receive a certificate, free membership to the society for the following two years (and if available a small prize). [Application Form]

In order to be considered for the award the student or another member of the society on their behalf must submit at least two (2) weeks prior to the opening of the conference a completed application form (see Student Award Application Form below). Presentations will be evaluated using a standardized evaluation form by a panel of suitably experienced volunteer meeting participants. Evaluation scores will be tabulated at the meeting and the awards made at the end of the meeting.

ISRS Graduate Fellowship

The International Society for Reef Studies (ISRS) is committed to offering Graduate Fellowships for Coral Reef Ecosystem Research, which provide funding to be used for salary, travel, fieldwork, or laboratory analyses. These Fellowships are available to students worldwide, who are student or full members of the ISRS, and already admitted to a PhD program at an accredited university. The intent of the fellowship is to help PhD students develop skills and address problems related to relevant applications of coral reef ecosystem research and management.

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