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 2019, and able to present the research during the ENAR Spring Meeting, March 22-25, 2020, in Nashville, Tennessee. 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 The paper must not be published or accepted for publication at the time of submission.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 2020 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, 2019. 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

Manuscripts should be no more than 15 pages in length, with one-inch margins, a 12-point font size, and no more than 25 lines per page, double-spaced. The submission should include a title page that gives the title, a brief abstract one paragraph in length, and keywords. Authors' names, co-authors' names, and affiliations should not be included on the title page. No identifying information should be included anywhere in the paper or the filename submitted online. References should be typed using the style of the Biometrics journal. There should be NO MORE THAN 6 Tables and Figures (combined) and they should be separated from the text and included at the end of the manuscript. Tables and figures, the title page with summary abstract and keywords, appendices, acknowledgments, and references are not included in the 15-page limit. Finally, your final submission should be submitted as a PDF document. 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!

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 2019 ENAR Immediate Past President Scarlett Bellamy.

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, 2019. You are required to complete Steps 1-3. No identifying information should be included anywhere in the paper or the filename submitted online.

The Distinguished Student Paper Awards Submission period is now closed.