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ISH Awards

Distinguished Research Medal

The Distinguished Research Medal is open to any biologist, and should go to an individual who has made significant and distinguished research contributions to the study of Hymenoptera.

Conditions:

The award will be made no more often than every second year. A candidate must be proposed by a Member in Good Standing and supported by two additional Members in Good Standing [one nomination is sufficient, which must be supported by a total of 3 Members in Good Standing]. There is no restriction on candidates, beyond having made significant and distinguished research contributions to the study of Hymenoptera. Proposers of the candidate shall provide the Secretary of the Society with the name, curriculum vitae (including qualifications, career, distinctions and publications), a statement of approximately 500 words explaining why the candidate merits the award, and the signatures of two additional sponsors who are Members in Good Standing of the Society. A selection committee for the award of the medal will be appointed and convened by the President, and members of that committee shall themselves not be nominated or be signatories of the nomination in that year. Should the committee recommend to the Executive Committee that an award be made, the name of the recipient will be announced at the following annual meeting. The recipient of the award will receive Life Membership in the Society, in addition to the medal.

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Service Award

The Service Award is meant to recognize individuals who have made significant contributions in service to the Society that went well beyond normal expectations. Officers and former officers of the Society can be considered, but obviously the award is not restricted to these individuals.

Conditions:

A candidate may be proposed by one or more Members in Good Standing. Any Member in Good Standing or previous Members of the Society are eligible for the award including current members of the Executive Committee. Proposers of the candidate shall provide the Secretary of the Society with the name and a statement of approximately 300 words explaining why the candidate merits the award. A selection committee for the award will be appointed and convened by the President, and members of the committee shall themselves not be nominated or be signatories of a nomination in that year. Should the committee recommend to the Executive Committee that an award be made, the name of the recipient will be announced at the following annual meeting.

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Student Award

The Student Award is meant to recognize individuals who are making significant contributions to research as a student. The awards are judged through a student competition during the ISH symposium.

  • Jason Mottern (UC Riverside) won the ISH student presentation for his talk "Phylogenetics and taxonomy of the enigmatic genus Coccobius (Aphelinidae: Coccophaginae)" (2012)
  • Juanita Rodriguez (Utah State University) was second place with her presentation "The origin and diversification of spider wasps (Hymenoptera: Pompilidae)" (2012)
  • Rebecca Kittel (University of Adelaide): "Phylogenetics and biogeography of chelonine wasps (Hymenoptera: Braconidae) based on a fossil calibrated multigene analysis" (2014)
  • Petr Jansta (Charles University, Prague): "Molecular phylogeny and evolution of the family Torymidae (Hymenoptera: Chalcidoidea) - are Torymidae really monophyletic?" (2014)
  • Crystal McEwen (University of Maryland): "Progress in the revision of Disholcaspis Dalla Torre and Kieffer" (2014)
  • Bernardo Santos (American Museum of Natural History): "On the road to a total evidence phylogeny of cryptine wasps (Ichneumonidae, Cryptinae)" (2014)
  • Erika Tucker (University of Kentucky): "An updated phylogenetic analysis of Cremnops (Hymenoptera: Braconidae) incorporating the minibarcode region of COI" (2014)
  • Mabel Alvarado (University of Kansas): "Revision of the South American wasp genus Alophophion (Hymenoptera: Ichneumonidae: Ophioninae)" (2014)
  • Candice Owen (Rhodes University): "Wingless wasps in the water -What?!?" (2014)