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Date: 2/21/2019
Subject: ACZM Student Manuscript Call for Nominations
From: Kirsten Gilardi

Call for Nominations


2019 ACZM Student Manuscript Award


The American College of Zoological Medicine (ACZM) is soliciting nominations for its Student Manuscript Award.  This award recognizes up to two outstanding papers published in the peer-reviewed scientific literature in calendar year 2018 that resulted from research conducted by a veterinary student or a veterinarian during his or her enrollment in a post-graduate training program(internship, residency, fellowship or post-doctoral research degree).  The award, in the form of a plaque and up to $1,000, will be announced and awarded at the American Association of Zoo Veterinarian’s annual banquet in St. Louis, Missouri in Sept 28 – Oct 4, 2019. Although preferred, nominees need not be present at the banquet to receive the award.


To nominate a recipient for this honor, an ACZM Diplomate who served as the nominee’s mentor should submit a copy of the published paper in pdf format accompanied by a signed cover letter (also in pdf format) detailing the paper’s merits and certifying that the work described in the publication was conducted while the nominee was engaged in a training program under the Diplomate’s mentorship. The nominee must be the first author on the paper, and the paper must report on original work conducted by the nominee during his/her training program; case reports are not eligible for this competition. There are no restrictions on the journal in which the nominee’s work was published other than that it must be a peer-reviewed scientific publication.


Nominated manuscripts will be reviewed by the ACZM Student Manuscript Award subcommittee, comprised of a chairperson and a minimum of two additional committee members, and the committee’s recommendation will be forwarded to the ACZM Executive Committee for approval. Manuscripts will be judged according to the following criteria: overall scientific merit; writing quality; and potential impact of the work in advancing the field of zoological medicine and the mission of the ACZM.


Nominations are due to the Award Subcommittee chairperson, Kirsten Gilardi, DVM, DACZM ( by August 1, 2019. Please feel free to contact Gilardi if you have questions. 


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