Systematics, Evolution, and Biodiversity (SysEB) Snodgrass Memorial Research Award

A call for nominations

Deadline: March 31, 2017

This award from the Systematics, Evolution & Biodiversity Section (SysEB) is named in honor of Dr. Robert E. Snodgrass, a leader in insect morphology.  It recognizes outstanding research by a graduate student who hascompleted a research thesis or dissertation in arthropod morphology, systematics, taxonomy, or evolution. This award consists of a certificate and cash award. The recipient is presented with the award at the SysEB Section meeting of the ESA Annual Meeting.

Candidates must be ESA members and must have completed a graduate research thesis or dissertation in arthropod morphology, systematics, taxonomy, or evolution at a recognized college or university within two calendar years prior to the nomination submission deadline.

Previous Winners
Click here to see a list of those who have previously received this award.

Nomination Requirements
Nominations may be made by anyone, although self-nominations are encouraged.  A nomination package consists of one pdf file (name the file with your full name in the format “last_name, first_name”), and must include:

  1. One-page letter of nomination that includes a narrative by the candidate describing eligibility credentials
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Excerpts from the student's research thesis or dissertation, along with a scanned copy of the approval page signed by a college official or advisor
  4. Two confidential letters of recommendation (as a pdf file preferred) from faculty members who can comment critically on the aspects of creativity and innovation of the thesis or dissertation and its overall contribution and impact.  These letters as a pdf file should be sent to the current President of the SysEB Section: Christopher Beatty (

Submit a Nominee
All nomination packages and letters of recommendation should be submitted electronically to Christopher Beatty ( by March 31, 2017.

Evaluation Criteria
Nominees/candidates will be judged using the following criteria for a total of 80 points:

1.      Candidate (40 points total)

  • Honors, awards, achievements and recognition (10)
  • Recommendations of professors, advisors, etc. (10)
  • Grantsmanship (10)
  • Publications (10)

2.      Criteria (40 points total)

  • Creativity and innovation of thesis or dissertation (20)
  • Contribution to morphology (20)

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