The first of these awards were made in 1998 following a generous gift by Bruce Given a fellow of the society. Income from this donation provides student prizes for the best paper ($250 1st and $150 2nd) and best poster ($200) presented at the annual conference. The runner-up in both categories also receives a free student subscription for a year.

Judging is done during the conference by a pre-arranged panel of three.

List of past recipients