The Desert Tortoise Council Awards Committee presents the Best Student Paper Award at the close of each Annual Symposium. A presenter must give notice to the Program Chair of his/her student status at the time the Abstract is received. The Best Student Paper Award notice will accompany the call for papers. To qualify as a student, the person must be enrolled at a recognized college or university. Student status must be affirmed by a note from the student's major professor or advisor and must accompany the Abstract. The award will be in the amount of $200.00.
The Award will be based on the following factors:
- Value of content furthering knowledge of desert tortoise biology, ecology, conservation and/or recovery
- Quality of content, including experimental design, organization and objectives
- Quality of oral presentation
- Quality of visual presentation
A minimum of three people, including the Student Award Chairperson, with a broad knowledge of desert tortoise biology and literature, will evaluate all student presentations. The Chairperson, with the assistance of the other evaluators, will decide upon the winner and will make the award.