Society for the Study of Evolution®
Promotion of the study of organic evolution.
The W. D. Hamilton Award
The W.D. Hamilton Award for Outstanding Student Presentation will be given to a student who has presented an outstanding talk at the annual meeting. Finalists will present their papers during a day-long symposium of Hamilton award candidate talks.
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.
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. Visit the SSE web site to become a member.
Application Procedure: Submit a 400-word abstract and talk title here by 11:59 p.m. on February 20. Finalists will be notified by March 13. This year, finalists will receive a registration waiver and a $500 travel stipend from the SSE.
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Selecting Finalists: The award committee will select talks for consideration based on abstract quality. After deliberation, the committee will directly contact each student, informing them of their potential selection as a finalist. The best abstracts will be clearly written, providing relevant background, justification, methods, results, and implications. Abstracts should communicate that a comprehensive study has been assembled. Again, students who have not reached such a stage with their research will not be competitive and are strongly encouraged to delay their application to the Hamilton competition.
Judging Talks: Presentations will be judged by SSE members. Criteria evaluated will include research creativity, quality of methodology, comprehensiveness of the study, importance and novelty of the discoveries, validity of conclusions drawn from the results, clear and succinct communication of ideas, logic and organization of the narrative, placement of research into the bigger picture, use of an exciting and engaging narrative style, use of clear and well-organized slides, and use of effective figures and tables.
Co-Award Winner: Maude Baldwin, Harvard University
Co-Award Winner: Sarah Fitzpatrick, Colorado State University
2015 Honorable Mention
Nathaniel Sharp, University of Toronto
Winner: Daniel Field, Yale University
2014 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