The Tsai award will be given for the best student paper presented at ICCM 23. Both undergraduate and graduate students are eligible, provided that he or she is enrolled at a university at the time of submitting the abstract, and is the first author and presenter of the paper.
Two regional finalists will be selected from each of the three ICCM world regions* and invited to present their papers in a special session named “Tsai Best Student Paper” in Belfast. The winner will receive a free ticket for the ICCM 23 banquet where they will be presented with the award and a USD500 money prize. The selection will be based on both the quality of the paper and the presentation. Those submissions that are not selected to present at the Tsai Best Student Paper session will be treated as a regular paper submitted to the conference.
Those students whose Abstract has been accepted for a full oral presentation will be eligible to apply for the Tsai Award. When uploading the full paper, eligible students will have the option of selecting whether they would like to be considered for the award. They will then be further instructed to upload a support letter from their primary supervisor including confirmation of the applicant’s student status on the abstract submission date, on their institution’s letterheaded paper and stamped with an official University stamp. Students will also be obliged to upload a personal statement (not exceeding 250 words) outlining why they believe they should be considered for the award.
The technical merit of the work is the most important. The papers will be judged on the clarity and conciseness of the statement of the objectives of the work, and the clarity and conciseness of the statement of the approaches, procedures, and methodologies for achieving these objectives.
A summary of important conclusions should be included, and these should be substantiated. The significance of the findings, how they contribute to the state of the art, and how they relate to the work of other investigators should be easily determined from the writing.
Effective use of tables and figures, and ease of understanding them, including units, dimensions, legends, labels, symbol and line types and colours, etc., will be considered.
Presentation quality including clarity, organization, audio-visual quality, and timing will also be assessed on the day.