Australian Speech Science and Technology Association Inc
ASSTA NEW RESEARCHER AWARD
GUIDELINES FOR ASSESSMENT PANEL
1. The ASSTA New Researcher Award is intended to foster high quality new researchers in speech science and technology.
2. The award will usually be made every two years to coincide with the SST conferences.
3. Publicity for the award will be circulated to all ASSTA members, and relevant educational institutions, government departments and commercial organisations no later than the start of the year in which the SST conference is to be held. This will be achieved by publicising the award in the ASSTA newsletter and in all SST conference publicity materials.
4. Assessors will normally be ASSTA members.
5. A panel will be convened by the ASSTA executive and will consist of a convenor and two others. In selecting members to serve on the panel due regard should be given to the range of papers usually submitted to SST conferences.
6. The assessment panel will normally be appointed for one conference only.
7. The assessment panel will be appointed by the ASSTA executive no later than the start of the year in which the SST conference is to be held.
8. The assessment panel has the power to co-opt additional members should they feel it necessary.
9. The award is open to:
a) those currently enrolled in postgraduate studies at an Australian University, as long as they are no more than ten years beyond the awarding of their first degree, measured from the deadline date for submission of the application for the new researcher award; AND
b) those not currently enrolled in postgraduate studies who will be no more than five years beyond the awarding of their highest degree, measured from the deadline date for submission of the application for the new researcher award.
10. The applicant must be carrying out research in Australia.
11. Winners may submit applications on subsequent occasions that the award is offered, but preference will be given by the judges to new applicants.
12. The application, which should consist of the completed paper and the new-researcher application form, to be submitted to the SST conference technical committee by the due date for conference abstracts.
13. Applicants may submit more than one paper. Each will be considered independently of the others as a separate entry. No applicant may win more than one award, however.
14. Applicants should be either sole or first author of the paper. In the latter case, a statement signed by all authors is required indicating that a minimum of 80% of the paper is the work of the applicant.
15. The papers will first be considered by the SST conference technical committee. Once accepted for presentation at the conference, the applications will be passed on to the appointed panel for assessment.
16. The final decision to accept the application rests with the assessment panel.
17. The panel should not propose editorial changes to the winning entries. Each entry, as judged by the panel, will be published in that form in the proceedings of the following SST conference.
18. Once the panel's decisions have been made, the convenor of the assessment panel will notify the ASSTA executive and the SST secretariat. This should be at latest three weeks before the submission of camera-ready papers for the SST conference.
19. All applicants will be notified of the panel's decisions by the ASSTA executive as early as possible but at the latest two weeks before the due date of submission of the camera-ready paper to the SST conference committee.
20. The secretary of the SST conference will arrange for the list of winners to be included in the proceedings of the conference. It is recommended that this be included in the Chairperson's preface to the proceedings.
21. Up to three awards may be made for any one conference. However, the assessment panel may recommend no awards be made if it feels no applications of sufficiently high quality have been submitted.
22. The number actually awarded for each conference will depend on the state of ASSTA finances and the quality of the applications received.
23. All applicants will be eligible for all awards made in any year. No awards will be set aside for student applicants or for particular areas of research within the range usually covered by speech science and technology. The assessment panel will take into account, however, the level of experience of all applicants and note that ASSTA wishes to encourage newer researchers.
24. The award to consist of:
a) the cheapest available return airfare or alternative form of travel from the successful applicant's usual city of work to the city of the next SST conference;
b) Conference registration, cost of the conference dinner, and accommodation at the appointed college for the extent of the conference;
c) A certificate to be presented at the conference dinner.
d) The winners of the award to be mentioned in the conference proceedings.
Adopted by Executive - 27th April 1995
This supersedes the set adopted by Executive on 27th August 1993
It should be noted that this set of guidelines is not a legally binding document but provides a guideline to practice for the Executive Committee.