The North Central Division Early Career Award will honor a plant pathologist belonging to the North Central Division with 10 years or fewer postgraduate experience. The award will recognize an early-career scientist for their contribution to discovery, learning, and/or engagement in plant pathology in the North Central region. The award will recognize individuals for contributions in research, extension, teaching, and/or industry.
While active participation in the North Central Division is not a prerequisite for this award, primary consideration will be given to nominees that have regularly attended division meetings, presented or had students give oral and/or poster presentations at division meetings, and currently or have previously held a division office.
The award shall consist of an appropriately lettered certificate, a $250 monetary award (new in 2013), and recognition at the North Central Division meeting. If possible, the awardee(s) should be present at the awards ceremony at the annual meeting to receive the award.
The following items are required for nomination: (1) a letter of nomination (maximum 2 pages) that fully describes the achievement(s) of the nominee; (2) a résumé or short curriculum vitae for the nominee (maximum 2 pages); and (3) one letter of support that seconds the nomination. The entire nomination package should be submitted via email as a single PDF file. If possible, the nomination should be done without the nominee's knowledge.