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Most Promising Student Award


To encourage students to present excellent studies at ISES conferences, which fall within the field of equitation science, as defined in the ISES Mission and Aims which can be found on the ISES website ( 


The applicant must be a registered tertiary level student or have been awarded a tertiary level qualification during the 12 months before this application.  In order to qualify for this award the student is expected to present their research (as an oral presentation) during an ISES International Equitation Science Conference ensuring that their work is aligned with the ISES research priority goals.  A panel of judges convened at the conference will decide upon the most promising student presentation.   (See the ISES Research Strategy.)


Following the judging, the winning student will be presented with their award at the conference.  The winning student will receive a certificate and free registration for the ISES International Equitation Science Conference the following year.

Application date

The deadline for applications will be made available on the ISES website and will usually be 2 months prior to the conference. Applications should be submitted online by the published deadline.

Application format and process

Applicants can apply for the Most Promising Student Award online. When applying applicants should provide the abstract of the study they are presenting (this will be the abstract that is submitted to the ISES Conference Organising Committee for peer review).  Applicants are also required to provide a statement indicating how the proposed project relates to the ISES priority research goals.

Judging criteria

Student presentations will be judged on criteria relating to the academic content and professional presentation. (See Most Promising Student Award assessment criteria.)

Most Promising Student Award Online Applications

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Assessment Criteria

Assessment scoring

Scores are given in a range from 1 to 5:

  1. (poor)
  2. (fair)
  3. (average)
  4. (good)
  5. (excellent)

Assessment areas

Scores are awarded in the following assessment areas:

  • Structure (clear, logical, includes introduction, objectives, methods, results, conclusions)
  • Objectives and methods (do methods match objectives?)
  • Results (are results accurately presented?)
  • Discussion (reply of presenter to questions of public)
  • Conclusion and results (do conclusions match results and title?)
  • Format (usage of images, font size, quantity of text per slide, etc.)