Graduate Student Information

STUDENT MENTORSHIP PROGRAM | STUDENT AWARDS | TRAVEL AWARDS | FUNDRAISERS HOTEL/ROOMMATE FINDER 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 Austin, TX , July 12-16, 2017?
SSAR will be continuing a mentorship program for all undergraduate and graduate students for whom Austin will be their first national meeting.
Mentors will be advanced graduate students or postdocs 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 (DOC) and e-mail to Rob Denton no later than May 1st, 2017. We are also accepting applications from graduate students and postdocs who would be willing to serve as mentors. Complete the Mentor Application (DOC) and e-mail to Rob Denton no later than May 1st, 2017.

For more information, please contact Rob Denton at the e-mail address located on the application or the link provided here.


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 at least 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

All Gruber/Carrier award candidates will be required to volunteer for at least 2 hours at the AES store.

*To be a member in good standing, students must renew their memberships before the first day of the calendar year, e.g. to qualify for the Gruber Award for the 2017 meeting, students must renew their society membership by 31 December 2016.

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

Carrier Award 
Kara E. Yopak
Assistant Professor
University of North Carolina Wilmington
Dept. of Biology & Marine Biology
UNCW Center for Marine Science
5600 Marvin K Moss Lane
Wilmington, NC  28409
Email: yopakk@uncw.edu

Gruber Award 
Nicholas C. Wegner, Ph.D.
Research Fisheries Biologist
NOAA Fisheries
Southwest Fisheries Science Center
8901 La Jolla Shores Dr.
La Jolla CA 92037
858-546-7080
E–mail: nick.wegner@noaa.gov

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:

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:

Stoye and Storer Awards Eligibility and Judging

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

Stoye and Storer presentations are judged by the following criteria:

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 Carole Baldwin.

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. (NEW) submit a one-page lay summary of your work DUE ON MARCH 20 (prior to abstract deadline). Click here for Lay Summary (DOC)
  5. give the oral presentation at the meeting

All presenters will receive evaluations from the judges after the meeting. Presenters of the second to fifth ranked presentations will receive $250 awards. The presenter of the best presentation as ranked by the judges will receive $750, 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. The Herpetologists’ League will commit to publishing this manuscript, following a successful peer-review process, as the lead paper in an issue and will identify the first author as the winner of the Herpetologists’ League Graduate Research Award.

For further information or questions concerning The Herpetologists’ League Graduate Research Award, please contact the following:

Timothy S. Mitchell
Department of Biological Sciences
Auburn University
Auburn, AL, 36849 USA
email: tsm0024@auburn.edu

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 2017 Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and 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.

SSAR Henri Seibert Awards for 2017

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:

 

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 for further information.

SSAR Victor Hutchison Student Poster Awards

The SSAR Victor Hutchison Student 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 Victor Hutchison Student Poster Award of U.S. $200 (plus a book gift from CRC Press) may be given in each of the following four categories:

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

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 for further information.

TWO NEW AWARDS THIS YEAR!

ELHS Sally L. Richardson Award

The Early Life History Section of the American Fisheries Society presents this award annually for the best student paper presented at the Larval Fish Conference. The award commemorates the life and work of Sally Leonard Richardson. The award is not restricted by citizenship, nor by membership in the Section or its parent society. Judging criteria and other details are available online at: earlylifehistory.fisheries.org/awards/richardson. For questions please contact Frank Hernandez.

ELHS John H.S. Blaxter Award

This award of the Early Life History Section of the American Fisheries Society is presented annually for the best student poster at the Larval Fish Conference. The award honors the immense contributions of Professor J. H. S. Blaxter to the study of early life stages of fishes and to his involvement in the careers of a great number of larval fish biologists. The award is not restricted by citizenship, nor by membership in the Section or its parent society. Judging criteria and other details are available online at: earlylifehistory.fisheries.org/awards/blaxter. For questions please contact Lee Fuiman.

Travel Awards

AES Student Travel Award

Students presenting a contributed paper as a first or sole author during the 2017 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 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. For more information, visit http://elasmo.org/studenttravelaward

ASIH Graduate Student Travel Awards

Travel awards of $600 each ($800 for intercontinental travelers) will be awarded to help defray travel expenses to participate in the 2017 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 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 book raffle table during the meeting. Once you have completed your shifts, you can pick up your check from the raffle coordinator.

Application (DOC) deadline is May 15th, 2017. Please contact Jillian Farkas for more information.

SSAR Student Travel Awards

Twelve awards of US $500 each are available to students to help defray the cost of traveling to the 2017 Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists (JMIH) in Austin, TX (12-16 July 2017). 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 2017 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 qualified applicants will be pooled and the winners will be drawn at random. Winning applicants must volunteer 3-5 hours during the 2017 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 should be submitted in electronic form (either PDF or Microsoft Word) and should be sent to Vincent Farallo at vfarallo@gmail.com by  May 12th 2017; however, if an electronic copy is not possible please contact Vincent Farallo to arrange for the application to be sent by mail.

For more information, contact Vincent Farallo.

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 location of the AES store is TBD. The store will be open during meeting hours (approximately 8am-5pm) from 12-15 July and 8am-3pm on Sunday, July 16. 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 2017. 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.

Please have the shipments for the Book Raffle addressed to:

U.S Mail:
David M. Hillis
Department of Integrative Biology
University of Texas
One University Station C0990
Austin, TX 78712

UPS or other private shipping service:
David M. Hillis
Department of Integrative Biology
2405 Speedway
Patterson Labs Rm. 132
University of Texas
Austin, TX 78705

**Be aware that it needs to be made apparent that the shipments are for the ASIH Book Raffle when you ship them.

SSAR/HL Silent Auction Donations

The SSAR announces the Twenty-first Annual Silent Auction to be held at the 2017 Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists (JMIH) in Austin, Texas, 12-16 July 2017. 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 Austin area services/events during the meeting week (no live or dead animal products). 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 have any questions or are interested in donating an item or two please contact wither Vincent Farallo or Samantha Kahl for more information.

Please have the shipments for the Silent Auction addressed to:

U.S Mail:
David M. Hillis
Department of Integrative Biology
University of Texas
One University Station C0990
Austin, TX 78712

UPS or other private shipping service:
David M. Hillis
Department of Integrative Biology
2405 Speedway
Patterson Labs Rm. 132
University of Texas
Austin, TX 78705

**Be aware that it needs to be made apparent that the shipments are for the SSAR/HL Silent Auctions when you ship them.

Graduate Student Hotel/Roommate Finder Information 

Use the Roommate Finder* to get in contact with other JMIH attendees that are looking to share a room and reduce costs! It is an excellent way to network, save money, and add value to the overall conference. You will submit rooming preferences, then will gain access to the contact information of other attendees that are searching for potential roommates.

We do not automatically assign roommates. *Once you register to attend the JMIH, you will be provided, via an email, with the link to the Roommate Finder form. Once you have entered your information into this Roommate Finder form, you will receive an email with additional instructions and a link to a list of others who are looking for roommates. After you have found a suitable roommate you will then need to make the reservations on your own.

Contacts:  Brandi Nelson, nelsonbm@ksu.edu and Donna Simko, desimko@ksu.edu.

*Note:  Neither Kansas State University nor its representatives nor the organizers for the Joint Meeting forIchthyologists and Herpetologists are vetting anyone that adds themselves to the roommate finder list.  This is simply a vehicle for individuals to communicate with each other and room sharing is solely the responsibility and risk of that choose to participate.*