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The J.G. Edwards Prize
Awarded Annually for the Best Published Paper Based upon a Master's Thesis
The Edwards Prize gives annual recognition to the finest work by young coleopterists. In addition to a cash prize of $300 and a plaque, the Prize represents the attainment of the highest achievement for master's thesis research based on the biology and evolution of beetles. Papers enter competition for the Prize grouped by the calendar year of publication. Nominations from the scientific community at-large and a distinguished panel of world leaders of the coleopterist community are judged by a Selection Committee of top researchers. Previous winners were:
- 2011 WINNER. There were no nominations for the 2011 prize.
- 2010 WINNER. Sarah M. Smith & Anthony I. Cognato. A taxonomic revision of Camptocerus Dejean (Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Scolytinae). Insecta Mundi, 148: 1-88.
- 2009 WINNER. Katie J. Hopp. A Revision of the West Indian Genus Nesocyrtosoma Marcuzzi (Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae). Coleopterists Society Monograph No. 8.
- 2008 WINNER. Eugenio H. Nearns. Revision and phylogeny of the tribes Curiini LeConte and Plectromerini Nearns & Branham, new tribe (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae: Cerambycinae). Memoirs of the American Entomological Society, 47: 1-117.
Deadline for RECEIPT of Nominations is 1 March of each year.
Awards are presented at the annual meeting of the Coleopterists Society, in the year following the competition period (e.g., November 2010 for papers published during 2009).
Each year, the Edwards Prize will be awarded to the author of the best paper dealing with the systematics or biology of Coleoptera based upon a master's thesis published in the preceding calendar year. Nominations are solicited, and the Prize will be awarded, according to the following procedures and criteria: Nominations are open to papers whose primary subject is some aspect of Coleoptera systematics or biology, published in a widely distributed, paper and ink format publication available by subscription (journal) or sale (book). Publications in any language using the Latin alphabet are acceptable. Only single authored papers are eligible or papers that are co-authored when a second, and junior, author is the student's major advisor. In this latter case, the Prize will be awarded only to the former student and not the advisor.
Nominations consist of a letter of nomination, including the name and citation of the publication, the name and current address of the author, a letter from the major professor attesting to the fact that the paper is based upon a master's thesis, and either 6 reprints or one PDF of the work (no photocopies, please). No further documentation is required. If available, a black and white photograph of the author is requested for publicity purposes. Nomination materials cannot be returned. Self-nominations are not accepted.
For further information or to make a nomination, contact:
Dr. Darren A. Pollock, Chair
Department of Biology
Eastern New Mexico University
Portales, NM 88130, USA
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