Student Handbook

GG&D Research Paper Awards

The Field of GG&D awards a yearly prize for two best papers first-authored by graduate students. One prize is generously provided by Frank Meleca of Laboratory Product Sales, and is known as the LPS award. The other prize is generously provided by a former GGD alum, Bill Wellnitz, and is known as the Wellnitz Award. An evaluation committee of three faculty members will pick what they judge to be the best GG&D paper published during the current calendar year. Please note that faculty who sponsor students for the award are not eligible to serve on the evaluation committee, which is appointed on an ad hoc basis by the Director of Graduate Studies. All graduate students in the Field who have been first-author on a paper in the current calendar year are eligible, including previous winners and those who have since left Cornell. If two papers are deemed equivalent, and one of the students had won the award previously, then the award will go to the other student.

A GG&D faculty mentor or student should submit an electronic version of their paper to the Director of Graduate Studies and the Graduate Field Assistant. Please include with the paper a letter from the mentor outlining both the importance of the paper and the contributions made by the student. The name of the award winner will be announced in May, and will be inscribed on a plaque in the MBG departmental offices, and a list of all of the student publications for the year will be posted near the plaque.

A notice will be sent in late winter/early spring to both students and faculty calling for applications.