Student grants-in-aid to attend NZMS 2017

Watch this space for information on student grants-in-aid to attend the 2017 NZMS conference in Auckland

 At the conference we plan to once again have the:

ASM/NZMS Student Speaker Award

The aim of this competition is to provide student members of the New Zealand Microbiological Society (NZMS) an opportunity to present their work to a scientific audience at the NZMS Annual Conference and compete for a prize that will allow them to travel to the USA and attend the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) conference held in May or June.

The judging process will normally be co-ordinated by the NZMS Vice President (Chief Judge), whose decision will be final. They will select at least five NZMS members to judge the competing papers at the Annual Conference. The judges will use the judging sheets (attached) and criteria below to assess the presentations. The Chief Judge will collate the results and will discuss the final outcome with the group of five judges before announcing the winner. The winner will be announced at the conclusion of the conference. Co-ordination of the student entrants will normally be undertaken by the NZMS Annual Conference convener who is expected to liaise closely with the NZMS Vice President regarding entrants, presentation schedules, etc.


  • Only New Zealand university registered Honours, Masters or PhD students are eligible for this competition.
  • Competition entrants must be NZMS student members and have been a member for the 6 months preceding the respective NZMS Annual Conference to which they are attending.
  • They must not have submitted their thesis for examination prior to the NZMS Annual Conference at which they are presenting their research.
  • Success of the award will also be conditional on ASM accepting the submitted Abstract for some form of presentation.
  • On completion of the trip and within 21 days, the recipient shall present a 500-800 word written report of their trip to both the webmaster and newsletter editor.

Prize details

The ASM will provide free registration for the student prize winner at the ASM conference of the following year. The free registration for the winner will not be deferred for registration at an ASM conference for any subsequent years save that immediately following the NZMS conference where they are the winner of the winner of the student oral competition (e.g. 2013 student oral competition will only be eligible for attending ASM conference in 2014).

It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that they submit an abstract for the ASM conference in good time. The NZMS will assist in this process to ensure that registration fees are waived. It is also the responsibility of the student to ensure that they have or are readily able to secure the necessary visa requirements to secure temporary entrance to the USA.

The NZMS will fund the travel (normally international and internal flights, economy class only) to the USA and assist in finding accommodation. It will be the responsibility of the student to ensure that all necessary health and travel insurance is arranged prior to their departure to USA.

Note that the NZMS will offer this one prize only in the student oral presentation competition at each annual conference and this competition will occur annually at the sole discretion of the NZMS committee.

Note that the winner will be responsible for arranging their travel and will be reimbursed on the presentation of a receipt to the NZ Microbiological Society treasurer.


The competition will be advertised on the NZMS web site and each NZMS conference web site. This will be offered for the first time in 2011. The closing date will be the final date for abstract submission for the NZMS Annual Conference meeting.


Students will apply by ticking the appropriate box on the conference NZMS Annual Conference Registration Form.


The student presentations can be from any student member of the NZMS. They will normally consist of a 15 min presentation which will include 3 minutes allocated for questions. These will normally be presented in dedicated Student Presentation sessions at each annual NZ Microbiological Society conference.