Friends of Southern IPM Award Nomination Period Opens Today

We are pleased to release the Calls for Nomination for our annual Friends of Southern IPM Award program. This program recognizes outstanding work in IPM in the southern region. We have two kinds of awards: one for IPM professionals and one for graduate students.

Deadline for nominations is Friday, January 10, 2014.

Professional awards:

There are 6 categories of awards: Bright Idea (research-oriented or new idea), IPM Implementer (on the ground), IPM Educator (extension or teacher), Pulling Together (group), Future Leader (young professional), and Lifetime Achievement (seasoned professional). The award is open to anyone in the region demonstrating excellence in the field of IPM. In fact, we welcome the opportunity to recognize those outside of the university setting, such as growers, school IPM coordinators, teachers, etc.

Award winners will be publicly recognized at an event of their choice and receive a small honorarium.

Graduate Student awards:

The Friends of Southern IPM graduate student award will go to two graduate students: one Masters student and one Ph.D. student. This is the second year we have presented this award; last year it was a huge success.

The graduate student award, in addition to a public presentation of the award, comes with a sizable monetary award. The winning Masters student receives $2,000, and the winning doctoral student receives $3,000. All winners—including in the professional category—must assist with a story about their work before receiving the financial award. Please read the Call for Nominations for more information.

To ensure fairness in the competition, we are asking departments to choose ONE Masters student and ONE Ph.D. student. Each department can submit up to two nominations, and universities can submit from more than one department (I.e., entomology, plant pathology, weed science, horticulture, etc. departments can submit from the same university).

Nominations for both award programs consist of a cover form and a two-page written nomination. Additional materials may be submitted in support of the nomination but are not necessary. The bulk of the description and evidence of the person’s or group’s qualifications of the award should be in the two-page nomination, NOT in the additional materials.

You’ll find the instructions for nominating people for these awards, along with cover forms, at http://www.sripmc.org/friendsofipm/. Please share this notice with anyone you work with who may wish to nominate someone for either of these awards.

If you have any questions about either of these awards, please direct them to Henry Fadamiro at fadamhy@auburn.edu or 334-844-5098 or Rosemary Hallberg at rhallberg@sripmc.org or 919-513-8182.

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