Society for the Study of Evolution®
Promotion of the study of organic evolution.
The W. D. Hamilton Award
W. D. Hamilton Award for Outstanding Student Presentation.
The Hamilton Award will be given to a student who has presented an outstanding talk at the annual meeting, as judged by a committee of SSE members. Applicants will present their papers during regular sessions of the meeting, appropriate for their topic. The most competitive talks will be those that can convey a complete story. Such talks are most likely to be given by students who are close to completing their dissertations or by former students who wish to present results from a dissertation defended within the past year. Talks that primarily present preliminary data or just an initial part of a dissertation are not likely to be competitive, and we strongly suggest that those students wait to compete for this award.
Award: The winner of the award will receive $1,000 and a one year membership to the Society for the Study of Evolution, which includes a one year subscription to the journal Evolution. Up to two Honorable Mentions will each receive a one-year membership to the Society for the Study of Evolution, including a subscription to Evolution.
Eligibility: The presenter must currently be enrolled in a graduate program or have received her or his degree within twelve months of the date of the annual meeting, and must be a member of the SSE. Talks that are part of invited symposia are ineligible if they are longer than other contributed papers.
Application procedure: Students must indicate their desire to be considered for the Hamilton Award by e-mailing an abstract of their talk <400 words in length to the SSE Awards committee at Hamilton@EvolutionSociety.org. The committee will select talks for consideration based on the abstract, and notify selected finalists before the paper submission deadline.
Winner: Daniel Field, Yale University
2013 Honorable Mention
Benjamin Liebeskind, University of Texas, Austin
Megan Peterson, University of California, Santa Cruz
Winner: Emily Jacobs-Palmer, Harvard University
2013 Honorable Mention
Zoe Assaf, Stanford University
Matthew McGee, University of California, Davis
Rebecca Satterwhite, University of Houston
co-Award Winner: Christopher Martin, University of California, Davis
co-Award Winner: Aleeza Gerstein, University of British Columbia
2012 Honorable Mention
Erin McCullough, University of Montana
William Ratcliff, University of Minnesota
2011 Honorable Mention
Sarah Bodbyl Roels, University of Kansas
Christopher Oufiero, University of California at Riverside
Amanda Izzo, University of Michigan
2010 Honorable Mention
Benjamin Blackman, Duke University
Christopher Martin, University of California – Davis
David Lowry, University of Texas – Austin
Ian Wang, University of California – Davis