IPS Student Awards Guidelines & Timeline

IPS Student Awards for Outstanding Paper & Poster Presentations

Students are eligible for awards for the best oral paper and poster paper presentations at the IPS congress. The Education committee will conduct the student paper and poster competition for the 2010 meeting in Kyoto. All students planning to attend the next Congress in Japan are encouraged to participate and indicate their desire to participate through the abstract submission process. We are going to a new format for the 2010 meeting, in which we select 10-20 finalists (out of an estimate 150+ submissions) based on expanded abstracts in advance of the Congress. Then, at the Congress, each competition judge will be able to review and directly compare all of the finalists. (Students whose abstracts are accepted but who are not selected as finalists will still be able to present their paper at the congress.)

The winner of the best paper presentation and best poster presentation
will be awarded a cash prize. Student prize winners will be encouraged to submit their work to the International Journal of Primatology for publication. Prize winners will be listed in the following year's meeting issue of the journal and in the IPS Bulletin, and their abstracts will be published on the Society's web page.

In order to prepare a submission and presentation that will be competitive and appropriate, please refer to IPS Education Committee Guidelines for Judging Student Presentations, the Timeline, and the Student Competition Information Form (below).

Student Competition Information Form


To be eligible for an award, the following criteria must be met:

  • The student must be the first author, but need not be sole author.
  • The individual must be a student when abstracts are submitted. Please indicate on the presentation information form whether graduate or undergraduate student.
  • The student must be a current member of IPS. You may join IPS now by visiting the IPS website or contacting Dr. Steven Schapiro, IPS Treasurer (sschapir@mdanderson.org)
  • The student must present the paper or attend the poster.
  • Past winners are ineligible.
  • If the student cannot attend the meeting to which an abstract has been submitted, the abstract should be withdrawn in writing no less than 5 days before the start of the meeting. Failure to follow this policy will disqualify the student from future competitions. If the student wishes to withdraw from the competition, but still present the paper/poster, the Vice President for Education (Elizabeth Lonsdorf) should be notified of this change before the meeting.
  • For questions about the competition, please contact Dr. Elizabeth Lonsdorf elonsdorf@lpzoo.org.

IPS Education Committee Guidelines for Judging Student Presentations

Each paper/poster will be judged with regard to the quality of the study being reported and the quality of the presentation. The following attributes will be rated:

  • Study design
  • Originality of the work to the field of primatology
  • Significance of the work to the field of primatology
  • Organization of the presentation
  • Delivery and effective presentation style
  • Visual aids

Participants must complete and submit a Student Competition Presentation Information Form and an expanded abstract (800 word maximum) which addresses the judging guidelines above. Please include a brief introduction to the research question, the methodology used, results, and brief interpretation/discussion of the results. Be sure to be explicit as to the significance of the work to the field of primatology.


January 15th, 2010 - Abstract Submission closes
March 15th, 2010 - Accepted abstracts notified
April 15th, 2010 - Deadline for submission of expanded abstracts
May 15th, 2010 - Finalists notified