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Winnie Powell Undergraduate Award

The Winnie Powell Undergraduate Award is given to undergraduate students who have a strong academic record and demonstrate significant research accomplishments in mathematical biology.  This award is given in odd-numbered years and provides the recipient with $500 towards travel expenses to attend the BEER Symposium the following year.


Successful candidates for the Winnie Powell Undergraduate Award must be an undergraduate who have a strong academic record and demonstrate significant research accomplishments in mathematical biology.


To be considered for a Winnie Powell Undergraduate Award, a candidate must have a letter of nomination from a senior researcher, as self-nominations are not accepted.

Nomination Letters are important elements of the selection process and are read carefully by the Selection Committee. The letter allows nominators to give committee members insights about a nominee that are not present in their other application materials (CV, evidence of outstanding scientific achievement, etc.).

The Selection Committee recommends that the nomination letter be submitted by someone who can speak objectively and knowledgeably about the quality and significance of a nominee’s work.

Materials Required

  • A letter from a senior researcher officially nominating the candidate and describing the candidate’s qualification, initiative, and research.
  • Evidence of outstanding scientific achievement.
    • Evidence may include a particular publication or presentation by the nominee. If there is more than one author, then the nomination letter must discuss the nominee’s contributions.
  • The nominee’s resume or curriculum vitae (including a list of the nominee’s scientific publications and presentations, if applicable).
  • Unofficial transcript from the nominee’s current institution.

Selection Nominations are reviewed and candidates are selected by an independent selection committee of distinguished scientists in the field of mathematical biology. Awardees are selected based on their outstanding scientific achievements.

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