Honoraria and Travel Awards

Chair

Members

  • Victoria Bennett
  • Casey Day
  • Andrea Dechner-Sierra
  • Laurie J. Dizney
  • Virginia (Ginny) Hayssen
  • Andrew G. Hope
  • Kristen E. Lucia-Simmons
  • Jesyka Melendez
  • Melissa I. Pardi
  • Trina E. Roberts
  • Rebecca J. Rowe
  • Dakota Rowsey
  • Jennifer Schieltz
  • Katherine K. Thorington
  • Janna Willoughby

History and Mission

President W. H. Burt established the Honoraria Committee in 1953 as the Committee on Honoraria for Graduate Students.  Its name was shortened to ‘Honoraria Committee’ in 1968.  In 2012, awarding of travel awards was added to the committee’s function and the name was changed to the ‘Honoraria and Travel Awards Committee'.  Thus, the committee has several missions.  The first is to select graduate students to be honored for their research in mammalogy.  At present four named awards, recognizing key historical contributors to the Society and its students, are given: the Anna M. Jackson Award, the A. Brazier Howell Award, the Elmer C. Birney Award, and the Annie M. Alexander Award.  The Alexander Award is for master's students only, while either master's or doctoral students are eligible for the other three awards.  Graduate Student Honoraria recipients are awarded a stipend to attend the Annual Meeting, where they have the honor of presenting their papers at the opening Plenary Session.  Second, the committee selects recipients of up to two Undergraduate Student Honoraria.  Recipients of the undergraduate awards are awarded a stipend to attend the meetings where they will give either an oral or poster presentation during regular concurrent technical sessions.  Finally, the committee gives Travel Awards to help offset meeting travel costs to ASM members who are early in their professional careers and to student members at any rank.  The role of the committee is to advertise these awards widely, to receive and review application materials, and to select awardees. 

Responsibilities

The duty of this committee is to select graduate students and undergraduates to be honored for their research in mammalogy and to provide travel awards to early career mammalogists and to students at any rank by advertising the awards, receiving and reviewing application material, and selecting awardees.

Currently awards are advertised in the Journal of Mammalogy, on the ASM website, and on the Mammal-L listserv.

The application process for Honoraria is online and the deadline is 11:59 pm Eastern time on 15 February. Applications are forwarded to the committee members for review as quickly as practical after the deadline.

Honoraia applications are ranked and returned to the committee Chair in early March. Rankings are summed by the Chair and awardees determined. If there is ambiguity in the initial rankings from the committee, the Chair facilitates consensus by contacting the committee for further discussion. Results are sent to the applicants around 15 March.

Applications for Travel Awards are done through the submission of abstracts to the Annual Meeting. Committee members review abstracts for quality and content, and the potential for the presentation to be novel and of broad appeal. Results are sent to applicants in April. 

Names of award recipients must be provided to the Program Committee by the end of March to ensure that the information is printed in the program.

The Chair should assure that a new announcement for each award type must be submitted to the Editor of the Journal of Mammalogy and posted on the website. The initial change to Journal of Mammalogy must be submitted by 1 August; thereafter, the announcement appears without special submission.

Streaming Presentations 

ASM Members can log into the Business Office site and stream presentations from past winners!

The Anna M. Jackson Award is named in honor of Anna M. Jackson, one of the 16 female Charter Members of ASM (out of 435 total) when it was founded in 1919.  Like many of her female contemporaries, Anna's involvement with the world beyond her doorstep was through her husband, Hartley (pictured here with her), who is considered the person most responsible for the founding of ASM.  Anna did most of the record-keeping and typing and handled correspondence and other papers of the Society during its formative period, when Hartley served as ASM secretary.  Anna also accompanied Hartley on field expeditions, where she assisted with botanical collections, and was present at the organizational meeting of ASM. The Jackson Award was first given by the Society in 1970.  

The A. Brazier Howell Award recognizes A. Brazier Howell, a charter member of the Society who also served as President, Vice President, Journal Editor and Corresponding Secretary.  Like many early mammalogists, he was first trained as an ornithologist, but soon saw the error in his ways and contributed to many areas of mammalogy, notably in anatomy and systematics.  He was also a talented artist, musician and wood worker.  In 1959, he provided the endowment that is the source of this award, which was first given in 1961.

The Elmer C. Birney Award (formerly the ASM Award) is the Society's oldest student honorarium, established in 1951. In 2001, it was re-named in honor of Elmer Birney, a long-time member and past President of ASM.  Dr. Birney was a professor at the University of Minnesota for 40 years and served as curator of mammals of the Bell Museum of Natural History, where he is perhaps best known for his work on the physiology and ecology of grassland rodents.  He served the Society in many ways, including as Managing and Journal Editor for the Journal of Mammalogy and its Special Publications.  One of the hallmarks of his service was his long-standing commitment to graduate education, as an advisor, mentor, and teacher, as well as increasing participation of young people in the Society.

The Annie M. Alexander Award was established in 2012 to recognize the contributions of master's-level students to research in mammalogy.  Its namesake is Annie Alexander, an intrepid naturalist, field biologist and paleontologist who was responsible for the establishment and early success of the University of California’s Museum of Vertebrate Zoology.  Along with Louise Kellogg, her companion of 40 years, she made numerous collecting expeditions throughout California and western North America.  She was a Charter Member of ASM and its first female Life Member, and actively promoted increasing opportunities for female graduate students in field biology and collections-based research.

Photo credits:  Anna Jackson (ASM Archives), A. Brazier Howell (pwrc.usgs.gov), Elmer Birney (ASM Archives), Annie Alexander (University of California Museum of Paleontology)

2019 Recipients

Jackson Award: Katie Stanchak is currently finishing her PhD in the Department of Biology at the University of Washington and the Department of Mammalogy at the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture under Dr. Sharlene Santana. Prior to embarking on a career as a mammalogist, Katie received her undergraduate degree from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at MIT. Her primary scientific interests are mammalian evolution and skeletal biology, and her dissertation research is focused on explaining the origin and diversification of a novel skeletal element in bats. This project is inherently integrative, drawing on methods from comparative anatomy, development, biomechanics, and macroevolution. Katie's long-term research goals are to use this interdisciplinary approach to reveal the sources of evolutionary novelty in the vertebrate skeleton (particularly in small mammals) and to understand the potential impacts of skeletal plasticity on skeletal evolution. 

Howell Award: Dakota Rowsey is an evolutionary biologist affiliated with the University of Minnesota’s Bell Museum of Natural History and Ph.D. program in Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior, advised by Dr. Sharon Jansa. Dakota is interested in integrating molecular phylogenies and phenotypic data to infer historical macroevolutionary and biogeographic processes. His dissertation research focuses on the two clades of “Old Endemic” murine rodents of the Philippines to determine whether repeated colonization of spatially-limited island systems influences the tempo and mode of lineage diversification and ecomorphological evolution. Specifically, Dakota’s research tests multiple hypotheses regarding potential competitive advantages presented to the incumbent, or primary-colonizing, murine lineage in the system. Following the anticipated defense of his dissertation in May 2019, Dakota will begin a postdoctoral research position at the Field Museum of Natural History, working with Dr. Lawrence Heaney to explore the role of island ontogeny in the diversification and biogeography of the endemic rodents of the Philippines.

Birney Award: Brian Tanis is currently finishing a PhD in Zoology at Oregon State University, where he is advised by Dr. Rebecca Terry. Brian’s research interests surround how interactions between and within species have shaped large scale ecological and evolutionary processes. Specifically, he leverages modern, historical, and paleontological museum specimens to reconstruct changing interactions within mammalian mesopredators. For his dissertation, Brian tested the spatial impacts of mesopredator release on diet shifts in Pacific Northwest canids over the last century following extirpation of wolves, coupled with a temporal analysis of the link between dietary specialization, clade-level competition, and species longevity spanning the last 33 million years of evolutionary history within the Canidae. Previously, Brian earned a master’s degree from Fort Hays State University, studying occupancy dynamics of foxes and coyotes near wind. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Susquehanna University, where he excavated and sorted small rodent fossils from a Pleistocene cave deposit. Brian’s long-term goals are to integrate modern, historical, and paleoecology research to inform fundamental and applied questions at broader spatial and temporal scales than are typically considered in ecological and conservation research.

Alexander Award: Marie Martin is currently finishing her Master’s degree in Wildlife Ecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she is advised by Dr. Jonathan Pauli. She is broadly interested in the ecology of free-ranging animals with particular regards to movement, energetics, and responses to landscape change. In her current position, Marie is implementing a variety of techniques (e.g., doubly-labelled water, GPS collars) to understand how a forest carnivore of interest, the Pacific marten, moves through a heterogeneous landscape in northern California and how shifting abiotic and biotic landscape conditions alter marten movement and resource selection patterns and, consequently, energetic expenditures. After completing her Master’s, Marie is excited to pursue further opportunities to better understand how landscape change affects the ecology of free-ranging species of interest. Though she currently spends most of her time writing and fiddling with R code, Marie also enjoys knitting, backpacking, biking, and hanging out with her dog, Sheila.

Undergraduate Awards: Robert Beers & Maya Juman

Robert Beers is an undergraduate student at the University of Oklahoma. He is currently studying to complete his bachelor’s degree as a Biology major with a minor in Psychology. Drawn to nature since he was a child, he spent countless nights camping and backpacking, including at the Philmont Scout Ranch in the Boy Scouts of America on his path to reaching the rank of Eagle Scout. Through college, his interest in nature has continued and expanded into research. Robert got his start in fieldwork at the University of Oklahoma Biological Station, trapping multiple species of small mammals and collecting specimens with Dr. Brandi Coyner. In the summer of 2018, Robert joined a field project in Yellowstone, led by Dr. Hayley Lanier and Dr. R. Scott Seville, focused on understanding the impacts of fires on mammal community assembly. His work included trapping and prepping various species of small mammals, collecting invertebrate and vegetative data, and analyzing data for changes in species richness and abundance. Robert is currently an undergraduate researcher at the Sam Noble Museum of Natural History, where he is working on data analysis and specimen preparation. He has identified various vole and Sorex species caught in the field at Yellowstone to help better understand the small mammal community dynamics. In 2018, Robert presented his Yellowstone research at the Central Plains Society of Mammalogists Annual Meeting where he was awarded the best undergraduate student poster award. Robert is currently weighing opportunities for attending medical school against biology-focused graduate work, and is excited to learn more about mammal research at this year’s ASM annual meeting.

Maya Juman is an undergraduate at Yale University, completing a Bachelor’s degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, as well as a certificate in Statistics and Data Science. She conducts research in the Mammalian Evolutionary Morphology Lab with Dr. Eric Sargis. Her current project involves exploring ecogeographic variation in the large treeshrew (Scandentia: Tupaiidae) using morphometric osteological data from the hands and skulls of museum specimens. Last summer, she collected and analyzed data for this research at the U.S. National Museum of Natural History under the guidance of Dr. Neal Woodman. She will be presenting her results at the 2019 American Society of Mammalogists meeting. Maya has previously worked on Permian reptile cranial evolution with Dr. Anjan Bhullar at Yale. She also analyzed pseudoxyrophiine snake speciation with Dr. Sara Ruane at the American Museum of Natural History and coauthored a paper describing a new cryptic species on Madagascar. Following her graduation in May 2020, she intends to pursue a Master’s degree in biogeography and systematics. Alternatively, she is interested in taking a year off to work on scientific outreach and wildlife conservation, while gaining some field experience. Ultimately, she plans to apply to Ph.D. programs in evolutionary biology.

2019 Travel Award Recipients

Anna M. Jackson Award

1970-1979

  • 1970—Earl Zimmerman
  • 1971—Donald Peden
  • 1972—Kent Van De Graaf
  • 1973—Kenyon Wagner
  • 1974—Lynn Rogers
  • 1975—Myrnal Hawes
  • 1976—Leslie Carraway
  • 1977—Paul Sherman
  • 1978—Michael Bowers
  • 1979—Daniel Vogt

1980-1989

  • 1980—Frank Fish
  • 1981—David Krause
  • 1983—Tom Tomasi
  • 1984—Kevin Murphy
  • 1985—Robert Sullivan
  • 1986—Paul Heideman
  • 1987—Bradley Bergstrom
  • 1988—Elizabeth Desy
  • 1989—Ronald Debry

1990-1999

  • 1990—Penny Reynolds
  • 1991—James Reiger
  • 1994—Tim Ginnett
  • 1995—David Reed
  • 1996—Paul Stapp
  • 1997—Felicia Keesing
  • 1998—Eric Schauber
  • 1999—Jay Storz

2000-2009

  • 2000—Christy McCain
  • 2001—Christine Hice
  • 2002—James Wilson
  • 2003—Jacob Goheen
  • 2004—Jessica Light
  • 2005—Sacha Vignieri
  • 2007—Karen Mabry
  • 2008—Katherine Thorington
  • 2009—Jennifer Smith

2010+

  • 2010—Michael Dixon
  • 2011—Julie Woodruff
  • 2012—Lawrence "Mark" Elbroch
  • 2013—Elizabeth Kierepka
  • 2014—Johanna Varner
  • 2015—Janna Willoughby
  • 2016—Laurel Yohe
  • 2017—Andrea Dechner-Sierra
  • 2018—Erin Siracusa
  • 2019—Katheryn Stanchak

A. Brazier Howell Award

1956-1959

  • 1956—Keith Justice
  • 1957—Ormond Mitchell
  • 1958—Eugene Fleharty
  • 1959—John Stephens

1960-1969

  • 1960—John Hall
  • 1961—Robert Catlett
  • 1962—David Rassmussen
  • 1963—John Winkelmann
  • 1964—Illar Muul
  • 1965—Dieter Tzschentke
  • 1966—RA Mead
  • 1967—Leonard Brand
  • 1968—Patricia Berger
  • 1969—Theodore Fleming

1970-1979

  • 1970—Bill Texera
  • 1971—Ernest Christopher
  • 1972—Peter Meserve
  • 1973—James Joule
  • 1974—Robert Rose
  • 1975—Alan French
  • 1976—Jack Cranford
  • 1977—Frederick Jannett
  • 1978—David Foltz
  • 1979—Joyce Poole

1980-1989

  • 1980—Steven Thompson
  • 1981—Richard Ostfeld
  • 1983—Duke Rogers
  • 1984—Priscilla Tucker
  • 1985—Kimberlyn Nelson
  • 1986—Terry Derting
  • 1987—Renee Rusler
  • 1988—Paul Leberg
  • 1989—Glennis Kaufman

1990-1999

  • 1990—Craig Frank
  • 1991—David Ribble
  • 1993—Martin Main
  • 1994—Dawn Kaufman
  • 1995—Pamela Austin
  • 1996—Scott Nunes
  • 1997—Chris Conroy
  • 1998—Joseph Jacquot
  • 1999—Steve Cote

2000-2009

  • 2000—Kathleen LoGuidice
  • 2001—Linda Lise
  • 2003—John Orrock
  • 2004—Karen Nutt
  • 2005—Jeffrey Moore
  • 2007—Ana Paula Cutrera
  • 2008—Gerald Carter
  • 2009—Quinn Shurtliff

2010+

  • 2010—Jonathan Reichard
  • 2011—Tereza Jezkova
  • 2012—Nathan S. Upham
  • 2013—Jason Malaney
  • 2014—John Doudna
  • 2015—Melissa Pardi
  • 2016—Kathryn Everson
  • 2017—Talisin T. Hammond
  • 2018—Casey Day
  • 2019—Dakota Rowsey

Elmer C. Birney Award (previously ASM Award)

1952-1959

  • 1952—Wilbur Quay
  • 1954—James Layne
  • 1955—Phillip Youngman
  • 1956—Herman Ogren
  • 1957—John Rood
  • 1958—Patricia DeCoursey
  • 1959—William Adams

1960-1969

  • 1960—Stephen Kaye
  • 1961—Stanley Wecker
  • 1962—Edwin Gould
  • 1963—Aelita Pinter
  • 1964—CC Rust
  • 1965—Michael Smith
  • 1966—Bill Texera
  • 1967—James Brown
  • 1968—John McManus
  • 1969—Brock Fenton

1970-1979

  • 1970—George McKay
  • 1971—Ronald Olsen
  • 1972—Donald Kaufman
  • 1973—William Kilpatrick
  • 1974—Charles Garten
  • 1975—Michael Schum
  • 1976—LorVel Shields
  • 1977—Mark Hafner
  • 1978—David Krohne
  • 1979—Peter August

1980-1989

  • 1980—Bruce Patterson
  • 1981—Carol Rowsemitt
  • 1982—Thomas Griffith
  • 1983—Mark Lomolino
  • 1984—John Gross
  • 1985—Roger Everton
  • 1986—Robert Swihart
  • 1988—Hector Arita
  • 1989—William Lawrence

1990-1999

  • 1992—Eileen Lacey
  • 1994—Rick Sweitzer
  • 1995—Kathryn Gubista
  • 1997—David McClellan
  • 1998—Susan Lingle
  • 1999—Stephen Mech

2000-2009

  • 2000—Karen Stone
  • 2001—Marjorie Matocq
  • 2002—David Onorato
  • 2003—Xiaoguang Zheng
  • 2004—Kevin Rowe
  • 2005—Trina Roberts
  • 2007—Jackie Metheny
  • 2008—Hayley Lanier
  • 2009—Sean Neiswenter

2010+

  • 2010—Thomas Giarla
  • 2011—Christopher W. Habeck
  • 2012—Eliecer E. Gutierrez
  • 2013—Adam Ford
  • 2014—Jennifer Schieltz
  • 2015—Rachel Walsh
  • 2016—Jeremy Chase Crawford
  • 2017—Brett R. Jesmer
  • 2018—Jesyka Meléndez-Rosa
  • 2019—Brian Tanis

Annie M. Alexander Award (Master's Students)

2010+

  • 2013—Brooks Kohli
  • 2015—Miranda Crowell
  • 2016—Adriana Casillas
  • 2017—Joshua M. Barry
  • 2018—Emily M. Beasley
  • 2019—Marie Martin

Undergraduate Graduate Student Honoraria

2001-2009

  • 2001—Amy Bickham, Erin Jackson, Amy Turmelle
  • 2002—Kathryn Connell, Luciana Santos, Christine Trunbull
  • 2003—Emily Kaye Heward, Matthew John Michel
  • 2004—Ryan Long, Beth Ross, Samantha Carpenter
  • 2005—Brandi Coyner, C. Miguel Pinto, Melissa Fowler
  • 2006—Maria Marchan, Nathan Upham
  • 2007—Vagan Mushegyan, Samuel Skalak, Ali Raza
  • 2008—Gabriela Gonzalez Olimon, Katelyn Schumacher
  • 2009—Rebecca Kelly, Jennifer McCreight

2010+

  • 2011—Emily Scobie, Reed Ojala-Barbour
  • 2012—Aspen Reese
  • 2013—Lauren Dorough, Dakota Rowsey
  • 2014—Kimberly Conway, Andy Kulikowski
  • 2015—Eric Green, Jonathan Keller
  • 2017—Tara R. Preuett
  • 2018—Connor Burgin, Sydney Stephens
  • 2019—Robert Beers, Maya Juman

All applicants should note that the Honoraria and Travel Awards Committee is composed of members from across different subdisciplines of mammalogy, and therefore are urged to write for a broad, scientifically literate audience and to avoid excessive jargon or technical terms in their applications. 

The American Society of Mammalogists is committed to supporting students and early career professionals through a variety of programs. The relationships among these programs, including information on program aims, eligibility, and links to program webpages, is available here.

Call for Graduate Student Honoraria

Who Can Apply

The competition is open to all graduate student members of the American Society of Mammalogists, regardless of nationality or current institutional affiliation. [To become a member of the Society visit the ASM membership page here.] Applicants must be master's or doctoral students (or have completed their degrees during the previous Fall term) when they apply. Applicants must not have received a previous Graduate Honorarium from ASM, or a Shadle or ASM Fellowship (past winners of the Alexander Award may apply for other graduate honoraria for research on a different projects at a different institution). However, recipients of ASM Grant-in-Aid of Research and other student research grants (Latin American Graduate Student Field Research Award, African Graduate Student Research Fund, James L. Patton Award, Student Science Policy Award) are eligible and encouraged to apply. To diversify abstracts and support the maximum number of student attendees, recipients of the Shadle and ASM Fellowships are not eligible for Travel Awards in the same year as their award presentation. Students unsure of their eligibility are encouraged to contact the Chari of Honoraria and Travel Awards Committee well in advance of the application deadline.

Applications should be based on student research that is completed or nearly so, i.e., not proposed research. Collaborative work with multiple authors may be submitted, so long as the applicant has played the primary role in designing and conducting the research (the reference letter, should address this issue). We seek to recognize students who have been primarily responsible for the design and/or conduct of the submitted research project (normally the student’s thesis or dissertation research). Any reference letter that does not clearly address the student's role in the research project and his/her ability to present the work successfully at the Annual Meeting will result in disqualification of the applicant. See detailed instructions for applying for Graduate Student Honoraia.

Members of the committee review and rank applications based on originality, quality, and presentation of the research and the advisor’s letter of support.  The four proposals with the highest overall ranking will be awarded, with the top-ranked master's application receiving the Alexander Award. Each Graduate Student Honorarium carries a stipend of $2000, which is intended to subsidize attendance at that year’s Annual Meeting.

Recipients

Honoraria recipients will have the distinct honor of presenting their research at the opening Plenary Session of the ASM Annual Meeting. These platform presentations will be 15 min in length (12 min for the oral presentation, 3 min for questions). Regardless of the outcome of the competition, applicants intending to present a paper at the Annual Meeting must submit the usual abstract and pre-registration materials to the local committee before the abstract deadline for the meeting.

Submit your application materials by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on 15 February on the applications page www.mammalsociety.org/applications.  Questions should be directed to the committee chair Dr. Elizabeth Flaherty via email or by phone (765-494-3567).

Undergraduate Student Honoraria

Who Can Apply

The American Society of Mammalogists (ASM), a long-standing society organized to promote the study of mammals, encourages undergraduate students to apply for an Undergraduate Student Honorarium.  The competition is open to all undergraduate student members of ASM. ASM has an international membership and encourages international students to join the Society and apply for its grants and awards programs. ASM student members currently enrolled in an undergraduate program, or who graduated in the just-completed fall or winter term, are eligible to apply. A student can receive an ASM Undergraduate Honorarium only once in her/his career, but are eligible for graduate honoraria when they enter a graduate program. Up to two awards of $1000 will be given each year, which are intended to subsidize attendance at the Annual Meeting in June.  The committee will review applications and select award recipients on the basis of the originality and quality of research and the student's curriculum vitae.  To become a member of the Society visit the ASM membership page at www.mammalsociety.org/membership.

Application Instructions

Applicants should submit a 300-500 word summary of the research project with 1 figure (or 1 table), a curriculum vitae, and a letter of support from their research advisor.  Authors must submit PDF files; no other formats will be accepted.  Applications must be submitted electronically to www.mammalsociety.org/applications by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on 15 February.  Please also email the committee chair (Dr. Elizabeth Flaherty eflaher@purdue.edu) when you apply.  The advisor's letter must be submitted separately from the student's materials.  Packets that do not meet the above requirements or are received after the deadline will not be considered.  Applicants will be notified of the committee’s decision around 15 March.

Students receiving awards also must present an oral or poster presentation at the Annual Meeting.  Applicants should also submit their abstract and pre-registration material to the local organizing committee before the regular abstract submission deadline for the meeting.  For details about the next Annual Meeting, including abstract submission, see the ASM website here.

Questions should be directed to the committee chair Dr. Elizabeth Flaherty via email or by phone (765-494-3567).

Travel Awards

ASM recognizes the value and importance of participation in the Annual Meeting as a way to become connected to the Society and its members, to forge professional relationships and collaborations, and to take advantage of the Annual Meeting as a mechanism for communicating highest-caliber research results.  The Society offers nominal Travel Awards to help offset costs for students and early-career (within 5 years of their terminal degree) members of ASM to participate in the Annual Meeting.  Recipients of ASM Grant-in-Aid of Research and other student research grants (Latin American Graduate Student Field Research Award, African Graduate Student Research Fund, James L. Patton Award, Student Science Policy Award) are encouraged to apply and share their ASM-supported results. Early-career recipients must give an oral presentation at the Annual Meeting, whereas students can present either a poster or a talk.  Recipients must be both the primary author and the presenter. Selection is based on the quality and content of the submitted abstract and its potential to be of broad general interest to meeting participants. Applications for these awards are conducted as part of the abstract submission process for the Annual Meeting; please consult this year's meeting website for deadlines and instructions on how to apply.  The number of awards per year will vary depending on available funds and selection of recipients will be done by the Honoraria and Travel Awards Committee.

Detailed Instructions for Graduate Student Honoraria

Eligibility

The competition is open to all graduate student members of the American Society of Mammalogists, regardless of nationality or current institutional affiliation. [To become a member of the Society visit the ASM membership page here.]

Applicants must:

  • Be master's or doctoral students (or have completed their degrees during the previous Fall term) when they apply. PhD students who have completed MA/MS degrees within the previous 18 months may apply for the Alexander Award using their Master’s research, but are not eligible to receive another graduate honorarium for work on a related project at the same institution.
  • Not have received a previous Graduate Honorarium from ASM, or a Shadle or ASM Fellowship. However, recipients of ASM Grant-in-Aid of Research and other student research grants (Latin American Graduate Student Field Research Award, African Graduate Student Research Fund, James L. Patton Award, Student Science Policy Award) are eligible and encouraged to apply

Students unsure of their eligibility are encouraged to contact the Chair of the Honoraria and Travel Awards Committee well in advance of the application deadline (honoraria@mammalsociety.org)

Research Statement

Applicants should submit a summary of their graduate research not exceeding 1000 words (excluding Literature Cited, figures, or tables) with the following clearly labeled sections:

  • Title
  • Project Significance/Theoretical Context
  • Methods
  • Results
  • Discussion/Interpretation.

Please include key figures/tables (3 items maximum) with concise captions to support your results.  Research currently under review for publication or ‘in press’ may be submitted.  Applicants should note that the Honoraria and Travel Awards Committee is composed of members from across different subdisciplines of mammalogy, and therefore are urged to write for a broad, scientifically literate audience and to avoid excessive jargon or technical terms.  Collaborative work with multiple authors may be submitted, so long as the applicant has played the primary role in designing and conducting the research (the reference letter, see below, must address this issue).

Reference Letter

A letter should be addressed to the committee and be written by an individual familiar with the applicant's research, ideally, the research advisor/mentor or major professor. Beyond comments concerning the student’s general strengths, the letter must address the following:

  1. If the student will be prepared to present the research project in the Plenary Session of the upcoming Annual Meeting
  2. The student's role in designing and conducting the research, especially in the case of collaborative research. 

We seek to recognize students who have been primarily responsible for the design and/or conduct of the submitted research project (normally the student’s thesis or dissertation research). Any letter that does not clearly address the two points stated above will result in disqualification of the applicant.

Evaluation criteria

Members of the Honoraria and Travel Awards Committee review and rank applications based on originality, quality, and presentation of the research and the advisor’s letter of support.  The four proposals with the highest overall ranking will be awarded, with the highest ranked application from a master's applicant receiving the Alexander Award.  Each award carries an Honorarium of $2000, intended to subsidize attendance at the Annual Meeting.

Submissions

Submit your research statement (and ask your advisor to send his/her letter separately) in PDF format, electronically to www.mammalsociety.org/applications/ by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on 15 February.  Please also email the chair of the committee [Dr. Elizabeth Flaherty, eflaher@purdue.edu] at the time that you submit your application.  Applications that do not meet the above requirements or are received after the deadline will not be considered.  Applicants will be notified of the committee's decision around 15 March.

Questions should be directed to the committee chair Dr. Elizabeth Flaherty via email or by phone (765-494-3567).

Graduate Student Honoraria recipients will present their research results at the Plenary Session of the ASM Annual Meeting.  These platform presentations will be 15 min in length (12 min for the oral presentation, 3 min for questions). Regardless of the outcome of the competition, applicants should also submit their abstract and pre-registration material to the local organizing committee before the regular abstract submission deadline for the meeting.  For details about the next meeting, including abstract submission, see the ASM website here.