Student and Early-Career Scientist Award Winners

Congratulations to everyone recognized!

The ICMB XI awards ceremony was held on the afternoon of Thursday, May 18. At the ceremony, the Scientific Steering and Local Organizing Committees were delighted to recognize the strong promise and valuable contributions of an impressive slate of students and early-career scientists who had competed for travel awards and for student achievement prizes.

Congratulations to all who participated, and especially to the awardees — there's no question that the future of our field is bright!

Travel Awards

Applications for travel awards were evaluated based on the quality of the applicant's abstract submission, their explanation of how conference attendance would benefit their career goals, and their justification of financial need. Current students and recent graduates (those enrolled at any time during 2022) and early-career scientists (highest degree obtained within the last 3 years) were eligible to apply and each application was considered by 2 to 3 reviewers.

A total of 44 students and early-career scientists applied (37 for student awards, 7 for the early-career scientist award), representing institutions in 20 countries. Three applicants had never attended a scientific conference before.

International Student Travel Awards

International Student Travel Awards were sponsored by the generosity of individual donors and by souvenir sales supporting ICMB X and ICMB XI.

PICES Student Travel Awards

These awards were sponsored by a generous donation from PICES, the North Pacific Marine Science Organization.

Judith A. Pederson and James T. Carlton Early-Career Scientist Travel Award

This award was sponsored by a generous donation from GiMaRIS.

Student/ECS Registration Fee Waivers

In order to further support the many students and early-career scientists showing strong promise and demonstrated financial need, the organizers were pleased to be able to grant registration fee waivers to 17 additional student/ECS presenters.

Student Achievement Awards

Achievement prizes were awarded for excellence in oral and poster presentations at the 11th International Conference on Marine Bioinvasions. Both current students and recent graduates (those enrolled at any time during 2022) were eligible to choose to be evaluated, and each participating presentation was reviewed by 2 to 3 reviewers.

All presenters were able to receive copies of their evaluations, with the goal of providing constructive feedback and valuable professional development. Enormous thanks to everyone who served as a reviewer!

Competition was stiff, with a field of 44 student presenters participating (33 oral presenters and 13 poster presenters), representing institutions in 14 countries. Graduate students made up the overwhelming majority, but we were especially pleased to see that earlier career scientists were also represented, with 4 undergraduates and 1 high school student competing.

Prizes were generously sponsored by: PeerJ Life & Environment, Maryland Sea Grant, the Mid-Atlantic Panel on Aquatic Invasive Species, the Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology, and the Biodiversity Heritage Library.

Best Student Oral Presentations

First Place
Second Place
Third Place

Best Student Poster Presentations