Early Career Agronomists

Description of Award

The Early Career Agronomist Award is presented annually to members of the Canadian Society of Agronomy (CSA) in recognition of their outstanding contributions to agronomy. The Early Career Agronomist Award will be presented at the AGM/Conference of the CSA and the recipient will be given a suitably inscribed plaque. CSA will cover conference registration.

Eligibility of Nominees

Nominees must:

  1. be active members of CSA
  2. have had continuing (not necessarily successive years) active membership in CSA for at least five years
  3. have been actively engaged in research, teaching, extension, or administration or some combination thereof, in Canada. The nominee’s total contributions need not have been made in Canada. Research, teaching, extension, and/or administrative contributions from other geographic location(s) will be considered.
  4. have made an outstanding contribution to Agronomy since the beginning of his/her career.
  5. be within 10 years of the start of his/her career, or within 10 years of earning his/her last degree

Service to CSA is an important consideration, but is not a primary selection criterion. A member can only receive a given Award once, but, in a career, a member may qualify for all three awards (Early-Career Agronomist, Fellowship and Distinguished Agronomist). Current members of the Awards Committee are ineligible for nomination.

Eligibility of Nominators

Nominations may be made by any active member of CSA who has had continuous active membership in CSA for at least five years. A member may nominate only one person for each award in a given year.

Nomination Procedure

Download the form at the bottom of this page. The nomination and letters of recommendation should be sent by email in a standard electronic format to the Chair of the Awards committee or the CSA Executive Director.

Each application must contain:

  1. the nomination and
  2. two supporting letters. Each supporting letter should be sent directly to the Chair of the Awards Committee or CSA Executive Director.

Deadline for receipt of nominations is April 15 of the nominating year unless there is a general notification of an alternate deadline.

Preparation of the best nomination possible for an exceptional colleague is a compliment to both the nominee and the nominator and it provides the maximum possibility that the nominee will be selected to receive the award. Obtaining the assistance of the nominee in supplying information is permissible and should improve the accuracy and completeness of the documentation. Clearly identifying and evaluating the nominee’s contributions are the most important parts of the nomination because the nominees will be ranked primarily on this basis.

The Awards Committee may contact the Nominator or the authors of the letter or reference for clarification or elaboration of the information provided.

Selections made by the Awards Committee are final and are not appealable.

Early Career Award Nomination Form (313.1 KiB, 6 downloads)