The ISCBC’s Together in Action (TIA) Student Leadership Award is designed to celebrate and support the work of individual students who demonstrate leadership and innovation in invasive species work, research, prevention and management in BC. This award is to recognize the achievements of ISCBC Executive Director Gail Wallin for providing provincial and national leadership and innovation in the area of invasive species, and to recognize her passion for education. There is a financial award in conjunction with this annual Student Leadership Award, to acknowledge and support BC’s current and future leaders in the field of invasive species. This award will be presented annually, beginning in 2017 (and be awarded based on eligible nominees).
- To recognize and support student leadership, innovation, volunteer contributions and academic excellence in BC towards work in the field of invasive species management in BC
- Highlight important partnership-building and collaboration with academic and technical institutions in BC
- Raise awareness and promote further engagement and leadership in invasive species action in BC
- To encourage student membership in the ISCBC
Any student who is a resident of BC, and who has completed at least 1 year of study at a post-secondary BC institution (a BC University, college or technical school) towards a degree or diploma related to invasive species research, management, education, public outreach and/or social studies is eligble for nomination.
Examples of eligible studies include: invasive species biology, bio-control, management, education and outreach around invasive species and their impacts, leadership around social action, community-based social marketing, First Nations & invasive species, social and cultural attitudes, values and action towards invasive species, etc.
Who Can Apply?
- Post-secondary students 19 years of age and older (and others on their behalf: i.e. teachers, professors, volunteer coordinators, youth group leaders, etc.) who are enrolled in a BC college, university or technical institute.
- Undergraduate or graduate students
- Student must be a resident of BC
- Demonstrated innovation and uniqueness in his/her work / studies/ volunteering
- Went above and beyond; contributed beyond school duties to demonstrate significant dedication and commitment
- Work / research/ volunteering will make a difference ‘on the ground’ and have direct, measurable impacts on invasive species in BC
- Modeling leadership by inspiring others, building collaborative partnerships or successful teams, serving as a mentor/ educator, leading change for the better (catalyst), results-oriented
- Significant commitment of personal time
The deadline for the nominations has passed. Nominations are no longer being accepted.
Awards Review Process:
Nominations will be categorized by ISCBC staff and sent out to a small review committee, using the established criteria and a ranking form that ranks each nominee out of 25.
The Review Committee will be kept small and responsive (no more than five members) and include key staff, the Communications Committee Chair, a past ISCBC Chair and a current ISCBC Board member.
Sponsorship and Award
A financial award of $1000 will be presented to the student at the ISCBC’s Annual Forum. The winning student will be invited to attend the Forum, and will be required to:
- Write a paragraph that outlines why their research is important to the field of invasive species management,
- Officially recognize the ISCBC as supporting their research work, and
- Give a poster session presentation on their research project at the Forum, preferably in person.
The Student Leadership Award program will be associated with the ISCBC Annual Forum. The award(s) would be presented during the luncheon on the second day of the Forum, on Feb 8, 2017.