CMI Best Paper Award for Postdoctoral Fellows
From left to right: Thomas Frölicher, recipient of 2013 CMI Best Paper Award for Postdoctoral Research Fellows; Ellen Williams, chief scientist at BP; and Sarah Batterman, also a recipient of the 2013 CMI Best Paper Award for Postdoctoral Research Fellow. (Photo: Frank Wojciechowski)
From left to right: Robert Socolow, co-director of CMI Policy and Integration Group and professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering; Ellen Williams, chief scientist, BP; Gennady Gor, recipient of the 2013 CMI Best Paper Award for Postdoctoral Fellows; and Jean-Hervé Prévost, professor of civil and environmental engineering. (Photo: Frank Wojciechowski)
From left to right: Jorge Sarmiento, professor of geosciences, Claudie Beaulieu, recipient of the 2012 CMI Best Paper Award for Postdoctoral Fellows, and Ellen Williams, chief scientist, BP (Photo: Frank Wojciechowski)
Ellen Williams, Chief Scientist at BP presenting the 2011 CMI Best Paper Award to Professor Zheng Li of Tsinghua University, accepting on behalf of award recipient Dr. Guangjian Liu. (Photo: Andrew Wilkinson)
Shoibal Chakravarty receiving the CMI Best Paper Award from Lamar McKay. (Photo: Denise Applewhite)
The CMI Best Paper Award for Postdoctoral Fellows is presented annually to a CMI affiliated postdoctoral research associate or associate research scholar selected for his or her contributions to an important CMI paper in the past two years. Nominated by CMI PIs and group leaders, papers are judged for their quality and impact on the carbon mitigation community. Specifically, the research is selected based on its contribution to one of CMI's core areas of research: climate science, carbon capture and sequestration, renewable energy, efficient energy use, or carbon policy. The spirit of the program is to recognize and reward CMI-funded work.
One award in the amount of $10,000 will be made annually through the year 2015. Funds may be used for a range of purposes. For example, they can be taken as a taxable award or used for research support. If used for research support, a CMI subaccount will be established to support the awardee's fieldwork, travel, conference participation, purchase of equipment, and costs associated with data analysis and facilities use. The award is for one year and is nonrenewable.
To be eligible, nominees must:
- Have held fulltime postdoctoral research associate or associate research scholar appointments at Princeton University during at least some part of the previous calendar year.
- Have been members of one of the CMI research groups.
- Be the first author of the nominated paper or if not, then be able to confirm responsibility for specific aspects of the paper.
- Have been published sometime in the past two years in a peer-reviewed journal. Papers accepted for publication in that time window will also be considered.
- Be making a significant contribution to the CMI Program in one of its core areas.
Call for nominations are held in February of each year and are typically due in early March. All CMI PIs and group leaders are then invited to nominate candidates for the CMI Best Paper Award. The nomination package should include the following:
- A nomination letter describing the significance of the paper, specific contributions to the paper made by the nominee, and relevance to CMI research (2 page limit).
- Electronic copy of the paper.
All nomination materials should be sent electronically to Holly Welles (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Award Selection and Announcement
A committee drawn from the PIs and group leaders will conduct a formal review and selection process, with conflicts of interest taken into account. The award will be selected based on the quality and impact of the paper as well as relevance to CMI research and the contributions made to the paper by the candidate.
The CMI Best Paper Award for Postdoctoral Fellows is announced at the CMI Annual Meeting held in April at Princeton. The award recipient will be invited to present his or her work by giving a seminar to the CMI community.