Student Paper Competition


The Eastern Snow Conference (ESC) announces three annual awards for student research related to snow and ice.
The Wiesnet Medal consists of $750.00 and will be awarded to the paper judged best overall. The winning paper will be presented orally at the annual meeting of the Eastern Snow Conference and will be published in the annual Proceedings. The first and second runners-up to the Wiesnet medal will receive a one-year free membership in the Eastern Snow Conference.

The Campbell Scientific Canada Award consists of $500.00 (Canadian) and will be awarded to the paper demonstrating innovative technical expertise in data collection resulting in a superior oral or poster paper. In order to be considered for this award, the student must be attending a Canadian university/college.

The David Hewitt Miller Student Poster Award of $100.00 will be awarded to the best student poster. All posters in which a full-time student is either a single-author or first-author in a multi-author submission are eligible for this award. The Research Committee will evaluate posters at the Annual Meeting.

All papers presented at the Eastern Snow Conference may be submitted for peer review and publication in the journal Hydrological Processes.

Subject to the conditions listed below, all student entries are eligible for these awards. Entries for the Wiesnet Medal and Campbell Scientific Canada Award should be sent electronically to the Chair of the Research Committee, Eastern Snow Conference.


1. The student must be enrolled as a full-time undergraduate or graduate student at a recognized university during the academic year prior to the annual ESC meeting, which is usually held in May-June.

2. Single-author and multi-author submissions will be considered for the student paper competition provided that the student is the first author. All entries must include an email from the student's supervisor to certify that the student satisfies condition 1 above, and that the student is the main person responsible for the paper.

3. The paper and supervisor’s email must reach the Chair of the Research Committee by the date indicated in the Call for Abstracts.

4. The award-winning entry will be selected by the Research Committee, with the stipulation that the Committee may judge that no entry merits the award or that no runners-up be selected. The formal presentations of the awards will be made at the annual ESC Banquet.

5. The award-winning paper will be given as an oral presentation and will be highlighted as the "Student Paper Award" in the proceedings. However, all students are eligible to present papers (oral or poster) at the annual meeting provided they submit an abstract to the Program Committee in accordance with the guidelines included in the Call for Abstracts. The Program Committee decides on the acceptance or rejection of abstracts, and the presentation format.

6. Papers should be clear and concise, with adequate reference to the work of other authors relevant to the study. All entries must be typed, double spaced on 8 l/2" x 11 " paper, and be no longer than 15 pages including figures, tables, and references. All entries should follow the guidelines and instructions for the ESC conference proceedings which can be found on the website. All diagrams should be in final form and clearly legible, although they need not be camera-ready.


1. Submit an abstract to the Program Chair following the instructions and deadline outlined in the Call for Abstracts. Please indicate on the abstract that you are entering the student paper competition to give us an idea of how many papers to expect.

2. Prepare a manuscript in accordance with the above instructions.

3. Have your advisor/supervisor send an email to the Chair of the Research Committee confirming eligibility.

4. Email an electronic file (in Adobe PDF format) of your manuscript to the Chair of the Research Committee prior to the deadline indicated in the Call for Abstracts.



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