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 theaspects of creativity and innovation of the thesis or dissertation and itsoverall 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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