Canadian Society for Virology – Awards Recognizing Outstanding Work by Canadian Virologists and Virology Trainees

Virology is an essential research discipline where discoveries have impacted all areas of biological, environmental, industrial, and clinical science. Canadian scientists are at the cutting edge of critical research discoveries, that have driven the field of virology forward and impacting the international knowledge base. We, the executive committee of the Canadian Society for Virology, have established the CSV Awards to recognize the contributions of Canadians virologists. Together, these awards aim to support virologists at all career stages through recognition of their research, mentoring, and scientific outreach efforts.

  1. Travel awards

CSV Travel awards were established to support trainee travel costs to and from the biannual CSV symposium. Travel awards are available for students (undergraduate and graduate) and post-doctoral fellows who are regular members of the CSV at the time of application.

To encourage the participation of trainees from all provinces, three levels of travel awards will be granted according to the location of the recipient. For CSV2020, these awards are: 150$ for Ontario, 400$ for Quebec and Manitoba, and 800$ for other provinces.

Applications for travel awards are accepted through the submission tab in the meeting registration site: fourwav.es/CSV2020symposium

Submission of an abstract and a 2-pages CV are required at the time of application. 

Application deadline: March 15th at 4PM Eastern time

Notice of award: March 25th (before the registration deadline).

Registration to CSV2020 can be finalized after the notice of award, but before the registration deadline.

Awardees will be recognized at the meeting.

  1. Early Career Researcher (ECR) Award

The Early Career Researcher (ECR) Award is designed to recognize scientists in the initial stages of their independent research position. The research position should be based at academic institutions or affiliated with academic institutions (adjunct faculty). To be considered for the award, at the time of application, the applicant must be in the first 5 years of their first faculty appointment, be a regular member of CSV, and plan to attend CSV2020. The ECR award is chiefly evaluated based on the applicant’s CV, past contributions, and potential for future research success.

To apply for this award, please send the following documents in .pdf format (one single file) to cansocvirol@gmail.com. Subject of the email should be as follows: FirstName_LastName_ECRaward_2020.pdf

  • Full updated CV
  • Cover letter outlining how the applicant’s past contributions leverage future success
  • A statement that the candidate, if selected, will be present at the CSV2020 symposium in Guelph (June 3--5, 2020) and deliver a keynote lecture

Application deadline : March 15th at 4PM Eastern time

Awardee announcement : March 25th.

The award includes:

  • Recipient will be honored at the symposium and deliver a keynote lecture at CSV2020 symposium.
  • Complimentary registration to CSV2020 symposium.
  • Plaque presented during the CSV2020 symposium
  1. Research Excellence Award for mid- or late-career researchers

The Research Excellence Award was created to acknowledge the outstanding contributions of a Canadian Virologist to the national and international research community. The contributions should be substantial to the researcher’s specific field but also be applicable and noteworthy to the discipline virology as a whole. Decisions will be based on: Candidate’s CVs, career summary, and impact of contributions to the field. To be considered for the award, at the time of application, the applicant must be a regular member of CSV and plan to attend CSV2020.

To apply for this award, please send the following documents in .pdf format (one single file) to cansocvirol@gmail.com. Subject of the email should be as follows: FirstName_LastName_ResExcAward_2020.pdf

  • Full updated CV
  • Two-page summary of career research achievements
  • A letter of nomination from an expert is required. Applicants can also attach letters of support (2 letters of support max).
  • A statement that the candidate, if selected, will be present at the CSV2020 symposium in Guelph (June 3--5, 2020) and is willing to give a keynote lecture

Application deadline : March 15th at 4PM Eastern time

Awardee announcement : March 25th.

The award includes:

  • Recipient will be honored at the symposium and deliver a keynote lecture at CSV2020 symposium.
  • Complimentary registration to CSV2020 symposium.
  • Plaque presented during the CSV2020 symposium
  1. Mentor Award for MCI

The Mentor award for Mid-Career Investigators (MCI) will acknowledge outstanding mentorship shown by an MCI. To be eligible, the investigator (nominee) must have been an independent researcher for >5 years and <15 years, a full-time faculty or affiliated faculty at a research academic institution, and a member of the CSV at the time of application. The investigator is to be nominated by former or current trainees.

To apply for this award, the trainee nominating the applicant should send the following documents in .pdf format (one single file) to cansocvirol@gmail.com. Subject of the email should be as follows: FirstName_LastName_MCIMentorAward_2020.pdf

  • A cover letter detailing why the mentor has had exceptional influence on the trainees’ career and why the mentor is deserving of the award. The letter should also include details such as the length of time the nominator has known the mentor, papers or abstracts published with the mentee, and the length of time the mentor has been in their current position. Letters should be a maximum of 2 pages.
  • Updated CV of the mentor, including the full list of supervised trainees (undergraduate and graduate students & post-doctoral fellows) with the indication of start-end date of training
  • Letters of support and nomination from other trainees supervised by the nominee (current or previous trainee; maximum 2) are encouraged.
  • A statement that the mentor, if selected, will be present at the CSV2020 symposium in Guelph (June 3-5, 2020)

Application deadline : March 15th at 4PM Eastern time

Awardee announcement : March 25th.

Awardees will receive:

  • Complimentary registration to CSV2020 symposium.
  • Recipient will be honored at the symposium
  • Plaque presented during the CSV2020 symposium
  1. Mentor Award for Senior investigator

The Mentor award for Senior Investigator will acknowledge outstanding mentorship shown by a senior investigator towards Early Career Investigators (ECI). A Senior investigator is defined as a researcher having more than 15 years in an academic research appointment. Faculty at research intensive academic institutions or affiliated with such institutions are eligible. The Senior investigator must be a member of CSV at time of application. Only nominations submitted by former mentee who are now a full-time faculty or affiliated faculty at a research academic institution will be considered.

To apply for this award, the researcher nominating the applicant should send the following documents in .pdf format (one single file) to cansocvirol@gmail.com. Subject of the email should be as follows: FirstName_LastName_SeniorMentorAward_2020.pdf

  • A cover letter detailing why the mentor has had exceptional influence on the mentees’ career and why the mentor is deserving of the award. The letter should give specific examples of how the mentor has helped start the mentee’s career. Letters should be a maximum of 2 pages.
  • Additional letters of support and nomination from other ECI mentees are accepted (maximum 2).
  • Updated CV of the mentor
  • A statement that the mentor, if selected, will be present at the CSV2020 symposium in Guelph (June 3-5, 2020)

Application deadline : March 15th at 4PM Eastern time

Awardee announcement : March 25th.

Awardees will receive:

  • Complimentary registration to CSV2020 symposium.
  • Recipient will be honored at the symposium
  • Plaque presented during the CSV2020 symposium

 

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