ISES Award for Best Student Paper

About the ISES Award for Best Student Paper

The Society seeks to recognize the scholarship of ISES students and recent graduates and their contributions to the field of exposure science. This award, beginning in 2017, is given to a student or recent graduate ISES member for authorship of a paper in the prior publication year that exemplifies the best student-authored work in the field of exposure science.

Award Winners

2020 – The impact of air exchange rate on ambient air pollution exposure and inequalities across all residential parcels in Massachusetts.
Anna Rosofsky, Phd

2019 – Relationships of long-term smoking and moist snuff consumption with a DNA methylation – age relevant smoking index: an analysis in buccal cells
Jamaji Nwamaji-Enweren

2018 – Asthma trajectories in a population-based birth cohort.
Impacts of air pollution and greenness.
Hind Sbihi (ISES), Mieke Koehoorn, Lillian Tamburic, and Michael Brauer.American Journal of Respiratory Critical Care Medicine, Vol 195, Iss 5, pp 607–613, (2017).

2017 – Quantification of Polybrominated and Polychlorinated Biphenyls in Human Matrices by Isotope-Dilution Gas Chromatography–Tandem Mass Spectrometry
Elizabeth Marder, PhDToxicology 40, no. 7 (2016): 511-518

Criteria & Procedures

Purpose of Award
The first author of an eligible publication must currently be a student or have been a student at the time in which the published work was submitted for publication. Further, the first author must be a current ISES member.

The first author of the publication must be a current ISES member. The paper must have been published (in print) in the prior volume year.

Announcement Procedure
The Society shall issue a call for nominations by means of announcements by e-mail to the membership. Generally the deadline for submission of the nominations will be in summer of the year in which the award is given. The deadline will be announced in the email to the membership.

Nominating Procedure
Nominations must be submitted to the selection committee by the stated deadline. There are not restrictions on who may nominate, and self-nominations are encouraged. No additional materials are required at time of nomination, however, additional information, such as a copy of the nominee’s curriculum vitae, may be requested.  For questions regarding award nominations, or to nominate someone, email Tom McKone or Bert Hakkinen.

Selection Criteria
Papers will be judged on criteria that include the following:

  • The paper is creative and/or innovative. This can be in terms of methods, organization, generation of knowledge, or in translation between science and applications.
  • The quality of the science is high. Measurements and methods should be transparent, verifiable, reproducible, rigorous, reliable, and relevant.
  • The presentation of the science is of high quality.
  • The paper is visually attractive, economical in use of words and tables and figures and space, well organized, clear, and easy to read.
  • Findings are provided in context with other work (corroborative, weight of evidence). Results are presented in a clear and unbiased manner (e.g. negative as well as positive results are discussed, not over-extrapolated).

Selection Procedure
Upon close of nominations, the selection committee shall evaluate the candidates based on the materials supplied and the criteria for the award. This award is not mandatory, and in the year in which nominations are received, the award will only be given when submissions are determined to be representative of the best student research published in exposure science. The selection committee may, at their discretion, award two qualified candidates in a given year. However, typically, a forced ranking polling procedure will be used to select the winner. That is, the list of the candidates considered qualified by the selection committee will be provided to each member of the selection committee who will rank the qualified candidates (e.g., 1 through n, with 1 the highest rank) and provide the ranking to a designated chair for tally. The Chair will then sum the score for each candidate and the winner will be the candidate with the lowest score (highest rank). In the event of a tie, this procedure will be repeated for the tied candidates.

Notification Procedure
The successful candidate (first and corresponding author, if different), shall be notified by phone, e-mail and/or a letter mailed no later than one month before the annual ISES meeting. The ISES Secretary, Treasurer, and President, and the primary nominator of the candidate are notified by email.

Announcement of the Award
Once the award recipient has been notified, a short announcement should be prepared for the web site.

Presentation of the Award
The ISES President will present the ISES Award for Best Student Paper Award at the annual ISES meeting.

Nature of the Award
The award shall consist of award certificates for all authors of a selected paper, with the first author also receiving a one year membership to ISES. ISES may also acknowledge runner-up papers with letters of recognition for all authors.