2019 Call for Award Nominations

AMERICAN SOCIETY OF PARASITOLOGISTS

2019 CALL FOR AWARD NOMINATIONS


Each year the ASP gives several awards at the Annual Meeting. It is important that the committees involved receive nominations and supporting materials early in the annual meeting cycle to be able to process the materials in a timely manner. The awards listed below are those for which selection committees have been established for 2019. Also included here is the call for proposals for the Willis A. Reid, Jr. Student Research Grants. Nominations and supporting materials should be submitted to the respective chairs of these committees. Information concerning the awards is also available at http://amsocparasit.org (under the Awards link).


When submitting nominations by email, please replace " (at) " with "@" in the email addresses listed below.


2019 Ashton Cuckler New Investigator Award

Please submit nominations to: Dr. Agustin Jimenez-Ruiz, Southern Illinois University, Dept. of Zoology, Carbondale, IL 62901-6501.

Email: agustinjz (at) zoology.siu.edu.


Nominations will close January 25, 2019.


ELIGIBILITY: The award is given to a new investigator who has, within the last two years, been awarded a Master or Doctoral degree in the field of Parasitology. Selection will be based upon the body of research accomplished during the candidate's graduate studies. This "body of research" will be documented through: a) peer-reviewed journal or book publications directly related to research conducted in pursuit of and contained in the accepted graduate student thesis or dissertation, b) other peer-reviewed journal publications unrelated to the primary thesis or dissertation work, but derived from research conducted as a graduate student, c) papers and/or posters presented at scientific meetings as a graduate student, d) any outside recognition of research excellence which may include, but not be restricted to, best student paper awards, dissertation improvement grants, student-initiated research grant support, and the like.


AWARD: The award will consist of travel and accommodation expenses up to $1000, a $1000 cash award, and a plaque to be presented during the Annual Meeting of the Society.


NOMINATIONS: Nominations must be made within two years following awarding of the Master or Doctoral degree, and the nominee must be a member of the ASP at the time the award is made. Required documentation for award consideration should include: a) A nominating letter by the student's graduate advisor critically evaluating the quality and significance of the student's research. (Note: the advisor must be a member of ASP at the time of nomination.) b) Two letters of support from noted authorities outside of the nominee's institution commenting on the significance of the body of research accomplishments. The advisor will submit the name of one evaluator and the second will be chosen by the Awards Committee. c) The nominee will provide the following documentation: i) letter providing a self-evaluation of research accomplishments; ii) thesis/dissertation abstract (two page limit); iii) curriculum vitae; and iv) reprints or copies of all research publications (published or in press).


2019 R. Barclay McGhee Memorial Lectureship

Please submit nominations to: Dr. Tamara Cook, Sam Houston State University, Dept. of Biological Sciences, Huntsville, TX 77341-2116. Email: bio_tjc (at) shsu.edu.


Nominations will close January 25, 2019.


ELIGIBILITY: The R. Barclay McGhee Memorial Lectureship is awarded to honor a scientist in Barclay's field of research, parasitic protozoology. The recipient must have made major research contributions to the biology of parasitic protists. Nominees are not required to be members of the American Society of Parasitologists, and there is no age limit.


This prestigious award is named after a man who has impacted many active and retired parasitologists. His research dealt with the trypanosomatids in plants and insects, and avian blood parasites. He succeeded in developing a strain of avian Plasmodium that would infect mice. He was considered a true southern gentleman and endeavored to help others get their start in academia or in parasitology. Mentoring was a major strength of his. The recipient of this award should reflect this role, as well as be a productive, innovative, and meticulous scientist.


AWARD: The recipient will present a 45 minute major address at the Annual Meeting of the Society summarizing his/her research endeavors on parasitic protists. The recipient will receive a $1000 honorarium, paid travel and accommodations for the meeting up to $1000, and a commemorative plaque.


NOMINATIONS: Nominations will be received from any member of the ASP and will consist of a primary nomination and a minimum of two seconds. The primary nominator will submit the candidate’s Curriculum Vitae, plus a summary outlining the candidate’s contributions to the field of parasitic protozoology. Those seconding a nomination must submit supporting letters that include a serious evaluation of major aspects of the nominee’s scientific work.


2019 Clark P. Read Mentor Award

Please submit nominations to: Dr. Agustin Jimenez-Ruiz, Southern Illinois University, Dept. of Zoology, Carbondale, IL 62901-6501.

Email: agustinjz (at) zoology.siu.edu.


Nominations will close January 25, 2019.


ELIBILITY: The award honors an individual who, during his or her career, has demonstrated extraordinary leadership in the training of young scientists who have successfully pursued the independent study of parasites or aspects of the host- parasite relationship. Further, the individual shall have influenced the research and/or graduate education of a department, college or institution to significantly increase the number of students completing graduate level training in the various disciplines of parasitology.


The selection criteria for the Clark P. Read Mentor Award include but are not limited to one or more of the following: 1) \evidence of scholarship in research and graduate education; 2) evidence of success of his or her graduates or postdoctoral trainees; 3) innovative teaching methods; 4) innovative or unique aspects of bench training; 5) letters of support; 6) the award should be for individuals who have made documentable impact on the field of parasitology through their didactic and/or bench-level teaching, or through furthering scientific literacy; 7) nominations or selection committee initiative would be acceptable; and 8) candidates for the award should be a member of ASP, at least by the time the award is given.


AWARD: The award will consist of travel and accommodation expenses up to $1000 and a certificate to be presented during the Annual Meeting of the Society. The recipient will be expected to deliver a 20 minute oral presentation to the membership of the Society emphasizing his or her views and experiences related to mentoring.


NOMINATIONS: The nomination package for the Clark P. Read Mentor Award should include the following material: 1. Letter of Nomination 2. Current Curriculum Vitae 3. List of current and former students mentored and, if known, their present position/status including:

*Undergraduate students *Graduate students *Post-doctoral trainees *Students on whose thesis/dissertation committee the nominee served

4. Letters of Support (minimum of 4) that speak to the nominee’s strengths as a mentor.

*Former/current students: letters of support from former/current students should focus on firsthand evidence of the "mentorship" abilities of the nominee *Colleagues – in addition to commenting on evidence of scholarship in research and publication, it is important that the individual writing the letter comment on the nominee's interaction with and influence on students in a mentorship capacity.


2019 Distinguished Service Award

Please submit nominations to: Dr. Agustin Jimenez-Ruiz, Southern Illinois University, Dept. of Zoology, Carbondale, IL 62901-6501.

Email: agustinjz (at) zoology.siu.edu.


Nominations will close on January 25, 2019.


SELECTION: The selection criteria for the Distinguished Service Award are as follows: 1) to be presented by the ASP to honor one of its members who, through dedicated efforts and sustained giving of time and talents, has significantly enhanced the effectiveness of the Society and promoted the discipline of parasitology, and 2) in choosing the awardee, the collective criteria for determining service contributions may include: (a) longevity as an active ASP member as evidenced by continuous membership and regular attendance at annual meetings; (b) active participation on ASP committees; (c) exceptional service in positions of leadership within the Society (officer, committee chairs, etc.); or exceptional leadership in promoting parasitology through active participation in regional parasitology societies or in the awardee's geographical area, or both.


AWARD: The award consists of travel and accommodation expenses up to $1000 and an engraved plaque at the Annual Meeting.


NOMINATIONS: Required documentation for the Distinguished Service Award nomination will include: (a) nomination letter summarizing the nominee's qualifications for distinguished service recognition; (b) two additional supporting letters; (c) updated Curriculum vitae of the candidate with an appended detailed description of the candidate's contribution to ASP, or to the field of parasitology, or both.


2019 Henry Baldwin Ward Award

Please submit nominations to: Dr. Agustin Jimenez-Ruiz, Southern Illinois University, Dept. of Zoology, Carbondale, IL 62901-6501.

Email: agustinjz (at) zoology.siu.edu.


Nominations will close on January 25, 2019.


ELIGIBILITY: The recipient shall be a member of the Society for no less than three years at the time of the nomination and in mid-career, and who, by self-directed investigations, shall have attained a position of leadership in some phase of parasitological research. The field of parasitology is considered to include, in general, those aspects of the science which are represented by reports published in the official organ of the Society, The Journal of Parasitology.


AWARD: The award consists of travel and accommodation expenses up to $1000, a $1,000 honorarium, a certificate, and the bronze Ward Medal presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society. The recipient will be expected to deliver a 45 minute acceptance speech.


NOMINATIONS: (1) Members in good standing who nominate candidates for the Henry Baldwin Ward Medal should carefully determine the eligibility of their candidate according to the above eligibility rules. (2) Nominations for the Henry Baldwin Ward Medal should be supported by adequate documentation to enable the Awards Committee to exercise critical evaluation. At the least, this documentation should consist of: (a) a complete Curriculum vitae providing a bibliography in which the authors are listed in the same sequence as in the published papers, and (b) three supporting letters, including the original nominating letter. These letters should include a serious evaluation of the major aspects of the nominee's scientific work.


2019 Stoll-Stunkard Memorial Lectureship

Please submit nominations to: Dr. Tamara Cook, Sam Houston State University, Dept. of Biological Sciences, Huntsville, TX 77341-2116.

Email: bio_tjc (at) shsu.edu.


Nominations will close January 25, 2019.


The Stoll-Stunkard Memorial Lectureship award is to honor someone whose prominence in basic research is evident, and who is not necessarily a parasitologist, but one whose research might enhance investigations on parasites, hence fostering cross-fertilization of ideas and approaches.


ELIGIBILITY: Nominees should have significant international recognition for substantial contributions to basic scientific research that has impacted the field of Parasitology. Eligibility is not limited to ASP members.


NOMINATION: Nominations will be received from any member of the ASP and will consist of a primary nomination and a minimum of two seconds. The primary nominator will submit the candidate’s Curriculum Vitae, plus a summary outlining the candidate’s contributions to the enhancement of research on parasites. Those seconding a nomination must submit supporting letters that include a serious evaluation of major aspects of the nominee’s scientific work.


AWARD: The award consists of travel and accommodation expenses up to $1000, a $1000 honorarium, and a plaque presented during the Annual Meeting of the Society.The Stoll-Stunkard Memorial Lecturer will be required to give a 45 minute presentation.


2019 Willis A. Reid, Jr. Student Research Grants

Please submit proposals to: Dr. Janet Koprivnikar, Dept. of Chemistry and Biology, Ryerson University, 350 Victoria St., Toronto, ON, Canada M5B 2K3

Email: jkoprivn (at) ryerson.ca


Proposals must be received by January 25, 2019.


Awardees will be notified by April 1, 2019 and awards dispersed on that date.

In 2004, the American Society of Parasitologists began a new program to provide small grants to students studying parasitology. Currently, the ASP can fund one graduate student ($1000) and one undergraduate student ($500) doing research in the field of parasitology.


ELIGIBILITY: The competition is open to all undergraduate and graduate level ASP student members affiliated with institutions or major professors who have limited or no grant money to support student research. Both the student and his/her major professor must be members of the ASP at the time of application. (Applications for membership may be found at http://amsocparasit.org).


DOCUMENTATION: 1) A brief proposal written by the student (maximum of 3 pages, double-spaced, 11 pt typeface minimum in either MS Word, WordPerfect, or PDF format only) outlining the student's proposed research must be submitted, along with a separate, detailed 1-page budget of how the money will be spent. Money can only be used for supplies, equipment, and travel expenses for research (not to attend and present results at meetings). 2) The student also must include a brief CV (1-2 pages). 3) A letter of support will be required from the student's major professor stating why the student needs funding, as well as justifying the student's academic and research accomplishments.

NOTE: At the end of one year (April 1, 2020), awardees must submit a brief report (1-2 pages) summarizing their research activities over the year, outlining what was accomplished and the expenses incurred related to the initial proposal.


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