The Award is given for an oral research presentation at the Annual Conference of the Society, and is intended to encourage and acknowledge excellence in scientific research and communication by Post-Doctoral Fellows.
The Award is given for the best research paper presented orally at the Annual Conference of the Society, and is intended to encourage and acknowledge excellence in scientific research and communication by Post-Doctoral Fellows.
Cash prize (currently $500) and a scroll.
Funded through the CSZ.
One per year. The Society reserves the right not to make this award if either the quantity or quality of applications is deemed insufficient.
All candidates must be active Post-doctoral fellows at the time of submission. They must clearly state that the research to be presented is conceived and conducted during the period of their Post-Doctoral Fellowship. Research Associates are considered eligible if they are no more than 5 years from the awarding of their PhD. Furthermore, a letter from the supervisor is required to confirm that the research is conducted primarily as part of their PDF program of research.
Established by the First Vice-President in consultation with the LOC. Normally the summary is due to the First Vice-President shortly after the abstract submission deadline for the Annual Conference. Potential applicants should consult the Annual Conference website for further details.
The 1st Vice-President shall arrange a Committee of Judges consisting of members from the sections represented in CSZ. From the summaries submitted, the Committee of Judges will select a slate of 4-7 final contestants. The 1st Vice-President will usually make available the judging criteria to the applicants prior to the summary submission deadline. The Committee encourages participation from all zoological disciplines but submissions will be judged solely on the basis of scientific merit. The authors of the selected summaries will present their papers at the Annual Conference, usually in a plenary session. The Committee of Judges will select the PDF Award recipient by consensus on the basis of oral presentation and its scientific content. (To avoid conflicts-of-interest, the Committee of Judges for the oral presentations may have a different make-up to that which evaluated the summaries). Summaries that are not selected as final contestants will be scheduled in regular sessions of the Annual Conference without mention of their participation in the PDF Award Competition.
These regulations shall be public and available to all competitors. A candidate may compete only once for the PDF Award at each Annual Conference. A candidate who has won the PDF Award is no longer eligible for the competition.