ENAR Distinguished Student Paper Awards

Up to twenty Distinguished Student Paper Awards are given each year to assist students in presenting contributed papers at the ENAR Spring Meeting. Each winner receives a certificate, reimbursement for travel expenses up to $650, tuition waiver for one ENAR short course of choice, and an invitation to the Monday evening ENAR President's Reception. The author of the most outstanding paper also receives the John Van Ryzin Award, which includes an additional $500 prize.


To be eligible, a student must be an ENAR member, a degree candidate at an accredited institution in any term during 2020, and able to present the research during the ENAR Spring Meeting, March 14-17, 2021, in Baltimore, Maryland. Reported research should be the work of the student and relevant to biometric applications. The student must be the first (senior) author, although the manuscript can be coauthored with a faculty advisor and/or a small number of collaborators. The paper must not be published or accepted for publication at the time of submission. Previous recipients of a Distinguished Student Paper Award from any region of the International Biometric Society and students presenting papers on the 2021 invited program are not eligible.

All required materials for a Student Paper Award must be received by the ENAR Business Office, including the electronic submission of the manuscript and the abstract through www.enar.org, by 11:59 p.m. ET October 1, 2020. Only complete submissions that meet the eligibility requirements, follow the described guidelines, and are received by October 1 will be considered. (Please refer to the complete details of Submission of Manuscripts below.) Manuscripts are reviewed blinded (e.g. without author or institutional identification). Please be certain the text contains no such identifying information or obvious cues.

ENAR Student Paper Awards Guidelines for Manuscript Preparation

Please use the following Guidelines Checklist to confirm your manuscript is complete before submitting for participation in our ENAR Distinguished Student Paper Awards competition. If you do not meet these criteria, your manuscript may be disqualified. Out of respect for all applicants, NO EXCEPTIONS to the eligibility criteria or submission deadlines will be made. Please read these details carefully and plan ahead!

Guidelines Checklist

To be considered complete:

Your submission should include: (Steps 1-2 below)

A manuscript should include:

*Tables and figures, the title page with summary abstract and keywords, appendices, acknowledgements, and references are NOT included in the 15-page limit.

A manuscript should NOT include:

**Please note: When registration opens for the ENAR 2021 Spring Meeting, any student who plans to present, will be required to register.**

Review Criteria

Up to 20 award winners will be selected through review, blinded to authorship and institutional affiliation, by the ENAR Student Awards Committee chaired by 2020 ENAR Immediate Past-President Sarah Ratcliffe.

Selection criteria will emphasize the strength of the manuscript in four areas:

Submission of Student Papers

All manuscripts and supporting documentation must be submitted No Later Than 11:59 p.m. ET October 1, 2020. You are required to complete Steps 1-2. No identifying information should be included anywhere in the paper or the filename submitted online.

STEP 1: Electronic Submission of Manuscript by 11:59 p.m. ET October 1, 2020:

STEP 2: Electronic Submission of Abstract by 11:59 p.m. ET October 1, 2020

ENAR Distinguished Student Paper Awards Electronic Submission of Manuscript

We are living in a time of unprecedented uncertainty due to the COVID-19 epidemic. While none of us know what professional life will look like in Spring 2021, we have been actively planning for an in-person meeting in Baltimore. We recognize these plans depend on the trajectory of the pandemic and developments in public health protections against the virus in the coming months. Our highest priority is to keep all meeting attendees safe and healthy. Therefore, the Program Committee and ENAR office will monitor these developments closely in the coming months and rely on the most up-to-date science and public health guidance to make a final determination on the format of the meeting.

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