Student Prizes

Delap Prize for Postgraduate Research

Terms of Reference

1. The Delap Prize is named after Maude Delap, an Irish marine biologist who was the first person to observe and describe the full life cycle of jellyfish (

2. The prize is awarded to the best peer-reviewed academic paper (including review papers) accepted for publication in a given academic year (1st September-31st August) by a registered/recently graduated postgraduate student.

3. Students are eligible to apply for the prize up to 12 months after receiving their postgraduate qualification.

4. Applicants must clearly be the first/principal author of the publication and have the School of BEES as their primary affiliated institution.

5. The prize will be awarded at three levels:
Gold - €900, Silver - €700, Bronze - €500

6. Each applicant will be required to submit a digital (ideally PDF) copy of their research paper and a short statement (Max. 200 word) outlining the potential impact of the published research. They will also be required to present evidence confirming that their work has been accepted for publication and an additional short statement (Max. 100 words) outlining their specific contribution to the paper. Applications are sent by e-mail to the Chair of the GSC and must be received before 17.00 hrs on the 15th of September 2017.

7. Judging for the awards will be carried out by a panel of five BEES staff members drawn from all disciplines within the School that will include the HOS and the Chair of the GSC. The Chair of the GSC will chair the judging panel and will select School staff appropriate for the topic range of research papers submitted. Panel membership selection will be very sensitive to any potential conflict of interest between panel members and applicants.

8. The judging criteria for the award will include:
(i) The ranking of publishing journal within the relevant discipline
(ii) The overall impact of published research

9. Prize winners will be required to give a short (15 minutes) presentation to the School at a dedicated Delap Prize Seminar event at the end of Semester 1 in the year of the award.

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