Best Graduate Student Paper

These awards provide recognition for outstanding student papers in both SMBE journals. 

All articles published in the two SMBE journals, Molecular Biology & Evolution and Genome Biology & Evolution, in the calendar year prior to the meeting are eligible for nomination. The best student paper of the year in each journal will receive the prize. 


How to Enter:

Please send the name of the nominee, a scan of the signed advisor letter, and the name of the paper for which the award is to be considered as a SINGLE PDF to smbe@allenpress.com with the subject of "Best Graduate Student Paper Prize". If possible, please denote if the paper was published in MBE or GBE.

Award Information

Eligibility & Nomination:


  •       All articles published in the two SMBE journals, Molecular Biology & Evolution and Genome Biology & Evolution (one prize for each journal), in the calendar year 2015 are automatically eligible if the final publication date of the nominated paper is not more than two years later than the date of the nominee's PhD
  •      The nominated early-stage researcher must be the first author or joint first-author of the nominated paper.
  •      An article and its first author can be nominated by anyone, including the first author.
  •      A signed letter from the PhD advisor, MSc advisor, or equivalent, confirming that the paper was part of the nominee’s thesis or graduate work is required.


The nomination must provide:

  • A one-page justification for the nomination, including the broader impact of the work and any scientific metrics, news activities or other tangible aspects that make the article stand out from its peers.  Shared first-authorship is also subject to nomination; if both first-authors are students and the article wins, the award will go to both authors.
  • A signed letter from the PhD advisor, MSc advisor, or equivalent, confirming that the paper was part of the nominee’s thesis or graduate work

Process: The editor-in-chief of each journal will convene separate selection committees, which will choose one awardee each.

The Prize: The best student paper winners will be given a certificate, a prize of $2,000 and a travel award to the next annual meeting. 


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