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Founders Awards Graduate Student Paper Competition

Deadline: Wednesday, July 20


The "Montford F. Piercey Award" and "Duncan McCarthy Award" are in honor of their contributions in organizing and maintaining our Chapter. They are meant to showcase the research accomplishments of two graduate student members of the Chapter.

The students with the highest scoring papers will receive one of these awards as well as $250, a plaque, and an opportunity to present a 15 minute slide presentation (based on the paper submitted) during the annual chapter meeting.

Entrants are required to submit both a regular meeting abstract as first author and a short paper describing their research in greater detail. Entrants that do not receive the award may update their abstracts by the abstract deadline for the poster competition.


  • All entrants are expected to present their poster presentation if their paper is not selected as the Founder’s Award paper for this year’s meeting.  

  • All entrants must both register and pay for the annual meeting to be considered. 

  • Current graduate students and Spring 2022 graduates who were graduate students at the time of their work qualify.

Application Instructions:


Cover Letter:  

This should include:

  1. Applicant’s name

  2. Applicant’s contact information (email address, phone)

  3. Complete citation information: Title of paper, Author list (Last name, First name, Middle initial), Institutional Information

  4. Names and email addresses of individuals providing letters of reference



The paper format should be similar to that of a ‘brief communication’ found in most neuroscience journals. The paper should include a description of the methods and results, including illustrations and tables.

  • Page Limit: 5 pages of text body, double spaced, 1 inch margins on both sides.

  • Figures and Tables: No more than 2 figures and 2 tables on separate pages

  • File Format: PDF is preferred. .doc or .docx is also acceptable.

Reference Letters:

Two reference letters are required.  One letter should be from the student's research advisor. It should include comments concerning the student's oral communication skills and on the student's independence in carrying out the research. The second letter should be from another faculty member. 


Please include the letters as part of your application file. If this is not possible, please have the letters sent directly to the chapter awards chair,  Eric Ramsson, at


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