Annual meeting awards

L.R. Wilson Best Student Paper Award
Named for Leonard R. Wilson, University of Oklahoma, a pioneer in the field of palynology who published over 200 scientific papers effectively demonstrating the relationships of plants to sediments and rocks through time. He actively advanced the idea that plant microfossils could become a powerful biostratigraphic tool. Wilson was the first scientist to perceive the common uses of palynology in oil exploration. He served as a consultant to 17 major and independent oil companies during his career.

This award is given to student presenters at the AASP annual meeting. Evaluation criteria include audibility, clarity, audience engagement, and pacing of the speaker, with emphasis placed on a clear statement of the problem, methods, and conclusions of the research. The award recipient will be selected by the Award committee, and the prize includes a certificate, $250 cash prize, and two years membership in AASP.

Vaughn Bryant Best Poster Award
Named for Vaughn Bryant (Texas A&M University), a world-renowned palynologist, prolific author, respected teacher, and long-time leader and member of AASP. His career spanned longer than 50 years, and he is widely recognized as the leading expert in forensic palynology and melissopalynology in the United States. Dr. Bryant published over 130 articles and book chapters, as well as co-authored two AASP Contribution Series and an AASP book. He received the Medal for Scientific Excellence (2016), Medal for Excellence in Education (2013), Honorary Membership (2005), and the Distinguished Service Award (1999) from AASP throughout the course of his career.

This award is given at the annual meeting. The judging criteria, established by the Awards Committee, include neatness and attractiveness of the poster including its graphics; scientific merit of the research problem; clarity and innovativeness of the research methods; clarity and simplicity of the results. Awardee must be first author, should be a student, or if the awardee has formally completed a graduate degree, cannot have been employed more than 6 months before the award is made. The award recipient will be selected by the Award committee, and the prize includes a certificate, $250 cash prize, and two years membership in AASP.