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Graduate Student Information

Student Mentorship Program

Attention Student Members! Would you like to have help making the most of attending the Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists in Chattanooga, TN 30 July – 3 August, 2014?

SSAR will be continuing a mentorship program for all undergraduate and graduate students for whom Chattanooga will be their first national meeting.

Mentors will be advanced graduate students who have attended JMIH in previous years and who can orient you to the meeting, help make introductions, and enhance your overall meeting experience.

If this is your first meeting, we invite you to apply for a graduate student mentor. Complete the mentee application and e-mail to Kristine Kaiser no later than 1 May 2014.

We are also accepting applications from graduate students who would be willing to serve as mentors. Complete the mentor application and e-mail to to Kristine Kaiser no later than 1 May 2014.

For more information, please contact Kristine Kaiser at the e-mail address located on the application.

Student Awards

AES Carrier Award

The American Elasmobranch Society will present the Carrier Award for the best student poster presentation on elasmobranch biology given during the AES Poster Session. Initiated in 1999, this award has been made possible through a donation from Jeffrey C. and Carol A. Carrier, who have been longtime advocates of student participation in the Society.

AES Samuel Gruber Award

The American Elasmobranch Society will present the Samuel Gruber Award for the best student oral presentation on elasmobranch biology given during the AES paper sessions. This award is named for the society's founder, who continues to be a source of inspiration for students in this challenging field of study.

Gruber Award and Carrier Award Eligibility and Judging

To be eligible, a student must:

  1. be enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate student, or have completed his/her degree within 12 months of the presentation
  2. be a member in good standing of AES
  3. be in his/her second year of AES membership
  4. be first or sole author of a contributed paper
  5. indicate at the time of abstract submission his/her intention to compete for the appropriate award
  6. All Gruber/Carrier award candidates will be required to volunteer for at least 2 hrs at the AES store.

If you have any questions regarding the awards, please contact the following individuals:

Carrier Award
Dr. Kara Yopak
The University of Western Australia
The Neuroecology Group (M317)
35 Stirling Highway
Crawley, WA 6009
E–mail: kara.yopak.uwa@gmail.com
Phone: +61 (0) 8 6488 4509
Fax: +61 (0) 8 6488 7527

Gruber Award
Nick Wegner
Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Center for Marine Biotechnology and Biomedicine
Marine Biology Research Division
9500 Gilman Dr. Mailcode: 0204
La Jolla, CA 92093-0204
E–mail: nwegner@ucsd.edu

ASIH Stoye Award

Stoye Awards of the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists recognize the best student oral presentation in the following categories. Submission for oral presentation will be reviewed based on the following emphases:

  • General Ichthyology includes, but is not limited to, morphological and molecular systematics, techniques in systematics, zoogeography, paleontology, and faunal descriptions.
  • General Herpetology includes, but is not limited to, morphological and molecular systematics, techniques in systematics, zoogeography, paleontology, and faunal descriptions.
  • Genetics, Development, and Morphology includes, but is not limited to, population genetics, mitochondrial DNA analysis, comparative embryology, heterochrony, descriptive and experimental development, comparative and evolutionary morphology, functional morphology, and biomechanics.
  • Ecology and Ethology includes, but is not limited to, population and community ecology, life history strategies, descriptive and experimental ethology, behavioral ecology, neuroethology, and ecomorphology.
  • Physiology and Physiological Ecology includes, but is not limited to, comparative and experimental physiology, biochemistry, sensory and behavioral physiology, and endocrinology.
  • Conservation includes, but is not limited to, conservation biology, conservation policy, management, and restoration.

ASIH Storer Awards

Storer Awards of the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists recognize the best student poster presentation in each of the following categories:

  • Ichthyology
  • Herpetology

Stoye and Storer Awards Eligibility and Judging

To be eligible for either Stoye or Storer Awards, the student must:

  • be the presenter and lead author (multi-authored presentations are allowed)
  • be a member of ASIH
  • indicate a desire to be considered when submitting an abstract (see instructions for Submitting Abstracts)
  • meet the ASIH criteria for student:
    "An individual who at the time the paper is given is the equivalent of a full-time student (an individual who is devoting his or her major efforts to a formal program of study) or who has satisfactorily completed a thesis or dissertation defense during the past twelve months."

Stoye and Storer presentations are judged by the following criteria:

  • introduction
  • methods
  • data analysis and interpretation
  • conclusions
  • innovation, originality, and scientific significance
  • presentation
  • visual aids or graphic design

The rating scale is 0 to 10 points: excellent (9 to 10), very good (7 to 8), good (4 to 6), fair (2 to 3), poor (0 to 1).

Questions about the Stoye and Storer Awards should be directed to Maureen Donnelly

Neotropical Ichthyological Association (NIA) Student Award

The Neotropical Ichthyological Association (NIA) will recognize with a cash award the best student papers (1 oral presentation and 1 poster presentation) presented at the 2014 Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists nad Herpetologists on a topic which in the opinion of the judges substantially includes the study of Neotropical fishes. To be eligible the student must be the first author and the presenter of the paper or poster. Multi-authored presentations are eligible.

To be eligible students must be registered in a degree program (graduate or undergraduate), or have received their degree no more than 15 months prior to the presentation, and indicate to the meeting organizers their intention to compete in compliance with the guidelines and deadlines set forth by the organizers of the JMIH meeting. Please indicate the appropriate category for which you are applying on the abstract submission form. For questions please contact Jonathan N. Baskin.

The Herpetologists' League Graduate Research Awards

If you are a Master's or Ph.D. student with research results, consider participating in the annual competition for The Herpetologists' League Graduate Research Awards. To participate, you must

  1. be a member of The Herpetologists' League in good standing
  2. be either a registered graduate student or have completed your graduate degree requirements within 14 months of your presentation
  3. submit an abstract (of which you must be the senior author and have done the majority of the work) by the deadline for submission of abstracts to the Joint Meeting, indicating your desire to compete for the HL Graduate Research Award
  4. give the oral presentation at the meeting

All presenters will receive evaluations from the judges after the meeting. The top five presentations, as ranked by the judges, will be announced at the HL/SSAR Live Auction on Sunday evening. Presenters of the second to fifth ranked presentations will receive $200 awards. The presenter of the best presentation as ranked by the judges will receive $500, ten years of back issues of Herpetologica, and an invitation to submit a manuscript based on the work presented to either Herpetologica or Herpetological Monographs, depending on its length. The Herpetologists' League will commit to publishing this manuscript, following successful peer review and editorial revision, as a lead article identifying the author (or senior author) as the winner of the Herpetologists' League Graduate Research Award.

For further information or questions concerning The Herpetologists' League Graduate Research Award, contact Robert Espinoza, Department of Biology, California State University at Northridge, Northridge, CA 91330, USA.

SSAR Henri Seibert Awards for 2014

The Henri Seibert Awards were initiated in 1992 to provide recognition for the best student papers presented at the annual meeting of the SSAR. These awards are named in honor of Henri C. Seibert, an early and tireless supporter of SSAR (having served as an officer for over 20 years) in recognition of outstanding presentations at the annual meeting.

To be eligible, the presented paper must be the result of research conducted by the individual making the presentation. The research must have been conducted while the student was enrolled in either an undergraduate or graduate degree program. Please refer to Herpetological Review 28(4):175 and the SSAR website for recommendations to students entering the Henri Seibert competition. Students entering the competition must be members of SSAR. The presentations will be judged by the SSAR student prize committee. One Henri Seibert Award of US $200 may be given in each of the following four categories:

  • Systematics/Evolution
  • Ecology
  • Physiology/Morphology
  • Conservation

Students may only win the award one time. Please indicate the appropriate category for which you are applying on the abstract submission form. Announcement of winners will be made at the SSAR Business Meeting. All participants should be present at the business meeting. Contact Rafe Brown at rafe@ku.edu for further information.

SSAR Student Poster Awards

The SSAR Poster Awards will provide recognition for the best student posters presented at the annual meeting of the SSAR. To be eligible, the presented poster must be the result of research conducted by the individual making the presentation. The research must have been conducted while the student was enrolled in either an undergraduate or graduate degree program. Students entering the competition must be members of SSAR. The presentations will be judged by the SSAR student prize committee. One SSAR Poster Award of U.S. $200 (plus a book gift from CRC Press) may be given in each of the following four categories:

  • Evolution, Genetics, & Systematics
  • Ecology, Natural History, Distribution, & Behavior
  • Physiology & Morphology
  • Conservation & Management

The SSAR Poster Award will be judged by the following criteria:

  • Quality of Research
  • Quality of the Visual Display of the Research
  • Professionalism and Confidence of the Presenter

Students may win the award only one time. Please indicate the appropriate category for which you are applying on the abstract submission form. Contact Tiffany Doan at tiffperu@yahoo.com for further information.

Travel Awards

AES Student Travel Award

Students presenting a contributed paper as a first or sole author during the 2014 Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists are invited to apply for financial assistance to attend the meeting. All applicants MUST be members in good standing of AES (dues paid by January 1, 2014) and in at least their second year of membership. The maximum award will not exceed $500. Students are only eligible for travel assistance once per degree. Assistance will be need-based (when funds are limiting and the society is not able to fund all applicants). In these instances priority will be given to students with full research results to present rather than preliminary analyses.

ASIH Graduate Student Travel Awards

Travel awards of $300 each ($500 for intercontinental travelers) will be awarded to help defray travel expenses to participate in the 2014 Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists. A student may apply for an award in only one category (ichthyology or herpetology). The awards will be chosen by random draw. You are eligible for an ASIH travel award if:

  • You are currently a graduate student AND a member of ASIH
  • You are presenting your research at the 2014 JMIH (oral or poster presentation)
  • You have not previously received an ASIH travel award

You are eligible for an intercontinental award if you will be traveling to the meeting from a location that will require an intercontinental flight. Students attending North American schools are eligible for an intercontinental travel award if they will be traveling to the meeting directly from a field site in another continent. If you receive a travel award, you are obligated to work four one-hour shifts at the ASIH raffle table during the meeting. Once you have completed your shifts, you can pick up your check from the raffle coordinator.

To apply for an ASIH graduate student travel award, please fill out the application and send it to Drew Davis at drew.davis@usd.edu by May 10, 2014.

SSAR Students Travel Awards

Ten awards of US $500 each are available to students to help defray the cost of traveling to the 2014 Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists (JMIH) in Chattanooga, TN (July 10 – August 3, 2014). An applicant for a travel award must be a student and a current member of SSAR, must not have previously received a travel award from SSAR, and must be the first author of a paper or poster to be presented at the 2014 JMIH. The application package must include: 1) a letter signed by his/her major advisor or department chair that states that he/she is not completely funded for travel from another source and, if the research is co-authored, that the work was primarily the product of the applicant; 2) a copy of the abstract that was submitted for either poster or oral presentation.

The application package must include: 1) a letter signed by his/her major advisor or department chair that states that he/she is not completely funded for travel from another source and, if the research is co-authored, that the work was primarily the product of the applicant; 2) a copy of the abstract that was submitted for either poster or oral presentation.

The qualified applicants will be pooled and the winners will be drawn at random. Winning applicants must volunteer 3-4 hours during the 2014 JMIH to work at the bidding table for the Silent Auction and the viewing room for the Live Auction. Students from the immediate vicinity of the JMIH, as well as current members of the SSAR Travel Awards Committee, are excluded from applying for a travel award. Award checks will be disbursed at the SSAR Business Meeting to be held during the JMIH. Application materials are preferred in electronic form (either PDF or Microsoft Word) and should be sent to Vincent Farallo at vfarallo@gmail.com by 30 April 2014; however, hard copies can be mailed to Vincent Farallo, Ohio University, Department of Biological Sciences, 107 Irvine Hall, Athens OH USA, 45701. Hard copies sent via postal mail must be postmarked prior to 30 April 2014 to be considered.

For more information, contact: Vincent Farallo (vf304710@ohio.edu) or Mike Jorgensen (mj207406@ohio.edu).

Fundraisers

AES Store

The SAC is responsible for organizing and running the AES Store at each year's annual conference. We rely upon student volunteers to help run the store, sell merchandise, and provide information about the annual meeting to the members of AES. Working at the store is a great opportunity to meet other members of the society, while helping to run one of the society's primary revenue generating sources. Proceeds from the AES Store help fund student travel. The AES store will be located in Meeting Room 2 in the Chattanooga Convention Center at this year's annual meeting. The store will be open during meeting hours (8am-5pm) from the July 31-August 3(the AES Banquet will be on August 3). Please drop by to check out the merchandise, as well as AES auction items. Remember - purchases at the AES store support travel awards for students so pick up some AES gear and help out.

ASIH Graduate Student Travel Award Book Raffle

A book raffle will be conducted to raise funds for graduate student travel awards. Tickets may be purchased during the Joint Meeting, with the funds going directly toward student travel awards for 2014. The books are donated by publishers, booksellers, society members, etc.

ASIH thanks meeting attendees who participate in the student-run book raffle, which directly supports student travel to the JMIH. In recognition that today's student members are the future of ASIH and that attendance at the JMIH encourages society involvement, ASIH matches dollar for dollar funds raised at the raffle. Please help ASIH promote our students, be generous, and make this year's raffle a great success.

SSAR Silent Auction Donations

The SSAR announces the Eighteenth Annual Silent Auction to be held at the 2014 Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists (JMIH) in Chattanooga, TN 30 July – 3 August. In previous years, items for the Silent Auction have been limited to frameable art. However, we are glad to accept any herp-related donations, including but not limited to, frameable art (photographs, paintings, and line illustrations), books, music, glassware, jewelry, clothing and gift certificates for Chattanooga area services/events during the meeting week. The SSAR Auction Committee organizes the Annual Silent Auction to raise money to fund the SSAR Student Travel Awards to the JMIH. Your donations help provide opportunities for students to attend and present their research. If you are interested in donating an item or two please contact Greg Watkins-Colwell (gregory.watkins-colwell@yale.edu) for more information.

Please have the shipments for the Silent Auction addressed to:

Anna George
Tennessee Aquarium Conservation Institute
201 Chestnut St.
Chattanooga, TN 37402