I think that awards should start to recognize that research is a collaborative endeavour and not always single out individuals. At the Early Career Stage that this award targets, it is practically impossible to differentiate between the top 10% (or so) of candidates -- what criteria would you use when the only simple metrics available are at the level of journals and articles and most of the few pieces published in there have been the work of many, including the candidate? Web-native metrics like karma systems (e.g.
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Collections-Based Biology in Dublin (CoBiD)
Undergraduate Research Experience & Knowledge Award
This summer programme offers research projects and activities for
students in organismal biology using biological collections
extreme environments | fire ecology | DNA barcoding | freshwater
ecology | biocontrol | environmental epigenomics | terrestrial ecology
| invasive species | plant evolution and extinction | life history |
completion of the third (junior) year of an undergraduate biosciences
degree | ability to work independently | strong interest in the
project of choice | career goals in organismal biology
Full funding for the 10-week programme will be provided for 10
successful candidates, including assistance with air transportation to
and from Dublin, accommodation in Dublin, and a small weekly
allowance, as well as project expenses. Prior experience with museum
collections is not required �V one of the goals of the programme is to
expose students to new research skills. The programme is open to all
international as well as Irish and EU students.
Term dates: June 16th to August 22nd 2008
For application instructions and more information:
Applications must be received by 30 March 2008