Instructions for Student Awards


 

STUDENT ORAL PRESENTATION AWARDS (WILKS AWARD and STUDENT FIELD NATURAL HISTORY AWARD)

 

The Wilks Award is presented to the student giving the best oral presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Association. The Student Field Natural History Award is presented to the student giving the outstanding oral presentation with a substantial field component at the Annual Meeting of the Association. Both awards include $1000, a certificate, and a set of all available back issues of The Southwestern Naturalist. Students (including those who received their degree within the last year) who are members of the Society are invited to submit a written summary of research (in the format described below) to the President-Elect, Susana Perea-Fox (susana.perea-fox@okstate.edu), by 1 March each year. The student must also submit online an abstract in standard format (described in the annual Call for Papers) via the SWAN webpage (http://www.biosurvey.ou.edu/swan/), making sure to check the box denoting competition for these awards in combined competition. The abstract and summary may have multiple authors, but the research must be primarily the work of the student (first author), not that of the major professor or other authors. From the submissions, a judging panel will select up to 6 finalists (in aggregate for the two awards) to make oral presentations (15 minutes in length) in the plenary session at the beginning of the Annual Meeting. An allotment of $250 will be granted to each finalist to help defer travel costs. The recipients of the Wilks Award and the Student Field Natural History Award will be selected from this group based on the quality of the oral presentation and the significance of the results. The winners will be announced at the annual banquet. Students can win only once in their lifetime the Wilks Award or the Student Field Natural History Award, i.e., any given student can win one award or the other and then cannot compete again.

Research summary, not to exceed TWO single-spaced pages (font 11 pt or greater) including tables, figures, and literature citations should include:
Student name
Institutional address and phone number
Email address of student
Statement that the research presented is that of the student
Summary of research including a brief introduction, methods, results, and conclusions

 

CLARK HUBBS STUDENT POSTER AWARDS

 

The Clark Hubbs Student Poster Awards are presented to the student or students displaying the best posters at the Annual Meeting of the Association. The first place award provides a certificate, a money allotment of $600, and a set of all available back issues of The Southwestern Naturalist. Second and third place awards provide a money allotment of $400 and $300, respectively. Although posters may have multiple authors, the work presented must be primarily that of the student(s) as primary author[s]), not that of the major professor or other authors. A panel of judges will select the winner based on quality of the visual presentation and significance of the results. To compete for this award, submit online a standard abstract (as described in the annual Call for Papers) via the SWAN webpage (http://www.biosurvey.ou.edu/swan/), making sure to check the box denoting competition for the Hubbs Award, by the deadline for abstract submission posted in the online annual Call for Papers. Abstracts and posters may be in either English or Spanish.

 

HOWARD McCARLEY STUDENT RESEARCH AWARD

 

The Howard McCarley Student Research Fund provides up to eight awards annually, up to $1000 each, to support student research. Applicants must be students (undergraduate or graduate) currently enrolled in an institution of higher education, sponsored by a faculty member, and a member of the Southwestern Association of Naturalists. Awards will be made in support of any aspect of research on biota of the southwestern United States, Mexico, and Central America, except for travel to meetings. Individuals may receive a maximum of two grants from the Association. All qualified students are encouraged to apply, especially those in developing countries.

 

Only grant applications that adhere to the format described below will be considered. Two letters of recommendation must be submitted in support of the application. One must be from the research advisor and the second from someone familiar with the student's academic career and proposed research project. All materials must be received by the Chair of the Student Awards Committee no later than 1 March each year. Awards will be announced at the Annual Meeting of the Association. Grant applications may be in either English or Spanish.

 

Prepare applications in the following format:

Header: GRANT APPLICATION: HOWARD McCARLEY STUDENT RESEARCH AWARD

 

Name of Student

Institution, Department

Status (Undergraduate, Masters , Ph.D.)

Telephone, FAX, Email address of student

Mailing address

Education and Degrees (provide degree, institution, and dates of attendance)

Pertinent Work Experience (provide job title, employer, location, and dates)

Publications

Research Advisor

Second Reference

Do all aspects of this project meet standards of ethical care and treatment of organisms, and comply with acceptable field methods for studying these organisms? Have necessary permits been obtained, or have they been applied for?

Project description: Include project title, dates, and location. Limit narrative to TWO single-spaced pages NOT including the literature cited section (font no smaller than 11 pt)

Itemized budget (total not to exceed $1000)

Additional support (provide amount, source, and status [requested or granted])

Have you previously received a student research award from SWAN (if so, provide date and title)?

 

Submit proposals and letters of support by 1 March, to Raelynn Deaton Haynes, Chair of the Student Awards Committee, email: paulad@stedwards.edu (preferred form of submission), Department of Biology, St. Edward's University, 3001 South Congress Avenue, Austin, TX 78704.


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