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In late 2015, the ET&C Best Student Paper Award was expanded to include IEAM and changed to the “SETAC Journals Best Student Paper Award” and introduced a generous cash award from its sponsor, Colgate-Palmolive.

Each year, the SETAC journals will offer an award for the best student paper published in the previous volume. The award will be given when a paper is decided as representative of the best research published in the SETAC journals and is not mandatory. The first author on the paper must be or have been a student from which the published work was based on to be considered for the award.

Articles will be judged on the following criteria:

  • The paper is creative or innovative. This can be in terms of methods, organization, generation of knowledge, or in translation between science and applications.
  • The paper is comprehensive and integrative. This refers to synthesis of knowledge across disciplines, geographic boundaries, cultures, or organizations.

And will consider the following factors:

  • The paper has a high scientific impact. There is evidence that the paper has been recognized by readers and reviewers as worthy of attention.
  • The paper is of public and professional interest.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • The paper is visually attractive, economical in use of words and tables and figures and space, well organized, clear, and easy to read.

2016 Winner

Rebecca S Lazarus, University of Maryland; US Geological Survey
Exposure and food web transfer of pharmaceuticals in ospreys (Pandion haliaetus) : Predictive model and empirical data http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/ieam.1570/abstract

Past Winners (of the ET&C Best Student Paper Award)

Francesca Gissi, University of Wollongong, 2015
A robust bioassay to assess the toxicity of metals to the Antarctic marine microalga Phaeocyctis antarctica http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/etc.2949/abstract

Ryan Prosser, University of Guelph, 2014
Toxicity of biosolids-derived triclosan and triclocarban to six crop species

Yamini Gopalapillai, University of Guelph, 2013
Effect of major cations (Ca2+, Mg2+, NA+, K+) and anions (SO2-4, CI-, NO-3) on Ni accumulation and toxicity in aquatic plan (Lemma minor L.): Implications for Ni risk assessment

Michel Lavoie, INRS-ETE, 2012
Influence of essential elements on cadmium uptake and toxicity in a unicellular green alga: The protective effect of trace zinc and cobalt concentrations

The awardee will be announced at the 7th SETAC World Congress/SETAC North America 37th Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida , 6–10 November 2016.