Vol. 61, No. 1 | February 2016
 

Research Grants & Travel Awards


To apply for the following awards and grants, qualified applicants may indicate to be considered in the online abstract submisssion system. Please note you must first register for the conference to be able to submit an abstract.

 

Warder Clyde Allee Award

The 2016 Warder Clyde Allee Session for Best Student Paper Competition will be held during the annual meeting of the Animal Behavior Society scheduled July 30 through August 3, 2016 at the University of Missouri. All eligible students and recent graduates are encouraged to participate.

Eligibility requirements: Any independent graduate student research (including, but not limited to, the doctoral dissertation) is eligible. The work presented may be part of a larger collaborative effort, but the student must be first author and have principal responsibility for conceptualization and design of the research, collection and analysis of the data, and interpretation of the results. The entrant cannot have been awarded the Ph.D. degree before the start of the preceding ABS annual meeting (for the 2016 meeting, this date is June 10, 2015). An individual can enter the session only once per lifetime.

To Enter: Interested candidates must 1) check the appropriate box in the online abstract submission system for the annual meeting; 2) submit a cover letter and an electronic version of their paper as specified below; 3) confirm that they meet all eligibility requirements; 4) present a spoken version during the 2016 Annual Meeting; and 5) attend both the Allee welcoming dinner and the awards ceremony during the Annual Meeting. Applications, including the written paper, will be due on the meeting’s abstract submission date. Applicants will be asked to submit a cover letter with addresses and phone numbers, as well as a manuscript in PDF format (see below for details).

Manuscripts should consist of no more than seven double-spaced, line-numbered, text pages, plus no more than a total of four tables and/or figures. This limit does not include abstract, references, or acknowledgments. Papers MUST be formatted using the instruction for authors for a research paper in the journal Animal Behaviour to insure eligibility (author instructions: http://bit.ly/1tfykZF). The spoken presentation should focus on the material presented in the submitted paper, but may also include other original material as well as general introductory and concluding remarks. Questions should be addressed to ABS Second President-Elect, Jeff Podos: (preselect2@animalbehaviorsociety.org).



Genesis Poster Award Competition

Genesis Award for the Outstanding Undergraduate Poster Presentation was first presented at the 2000 ABS Annual Meeting the Genesis Award honors the best undergraduate poster presentation at the meeting. To encourage quality presentations the following guidelines and suggestions are available for viewing. Further information, if needed, can be obtained from the chair of the Genesis Sub-committee, Sarah Humfeld, E-mail: humfelds@missouri.edu.

Applicants can mark their abstract to be considered for this award via the abstract submission system.



Charles H. Turner Travel Award

The Diversity Committee of the Animal Behavior Society is calling for nominations for the 2015 Charles H. Turner Award. This program, previously funded by an NSF grant but now supported entirely by the Society, is a travel grant that supports the goals of increasing the diversity of our membership through support for undergraduate students to attend the annual meeting. Selected Turner Program Fellows will receive support to travel to the 53rd Annual Conference being held in Columbia, Missouri, and participate in a one-day workshop structured to integrate students into both the meeting experience and the broader community of the Animal Behavior Society.

The Turner Program is managed by the Animal Behavior Society Diversity Committee and with generous funding by the The Animal Behavior Society. Please contact us if you would like to make a donation: diversity@animalbehaviorsociety.org.



Founders' Memorial Poster Paper Award

Eligibility: Any graduate student or postdoctoral member of the society in good standing is eligible to enter the competition. Applicants can indicate their intention to enter the competition by marking the appropriate box on the Meeting Abstract submission form. All Founders presenters will be expected to provide a single page preview of their poster for the judges and give a rapid fire 1 minute 2 slide poster preview presentation prior to their session. This will be your opportunity to increase general interest in your presented research.



Diversity Fund Student Registration Fee Award

The Animal Behavior Society is strongly committed to increasing the diversity of attendees at the ABS Annual meeting. A limited number of registration fee bursaries are available to aid attendance by students who will increase the participation of racial minorities under-represented in our field. This includes, but is not limited to: minorities from developing nations, minorities living in developed nations, and individuals of Native American, First Nation/First Peoples, Aboriginal or Maori descent. Preference is given to individuals presenting research results. You must be enrolled in a graduate program at the time of application.

Eligibility: Applicants from North America must be enrolled in a graduate program at the time of application and must be members of under-represented minorities who are of African, Asian, or Latin American descent or of Native American heritage. Citizens (graduate students or established professionals) of Latin American countries and non-white citizens of African countries are also encouraged to apply.



Latin American Travel Award

The Latin American Travel Awards are intended to encourage greater participation of Latin American researchers in ABS meetings by helping to defray the costs of international travel, housing and/or meals at meetings. The deadline for applications is the last day of abstract submissions (March 31, 2016).

Given the eligibility criteria below, priority will be given to Ph.D. students who are attending an ABS meeting for the first time and who have not received a Latin American Travel Award in previous years. Award values vary according to funds available. Candidates are prioritized according to the quality of their abstracts and CVs.

Eligibility: Latin American Travel Awards are restricted to Latin American graduate students enrolled in programs in Latin American institutions, who will be presenting a talk/poster at the annual ABS meeting.

Applications consist of:
- your submitted abstract, including the title and indicate whether talk or poster
- your curriculum vita (CV)
- indicate whether you have attended or presented at a previous ABS meeting and, if so, please describe. Also indicate if you have previously received a Latin American Travel Award(s).
  
Checks in US dollars for the amount of the award will be mailed directly to recipients following announcement of the results or via an electronic transfer. Applicants are responsible for any bank or transfer fees and fees associated with currency exchange.

General questions should be direct to 2nd Member-at-Large, Beth Jakob: mematlarge2@animalbehaviorsociety.org.




Caregiver Travel Grant

The Caregiver Travel Grant award is intended to provide financial caregiving support for active ABS members to attend and present at the annual ABS meeting. Funds may be used to aid in caregiving costs that will enable ABS members to attend the annual meeting (e.g., childcare or dependent care costs, airfare for caregiver, etc.). 

The deadline for applications is the last day of abstract submissions (March 31, 2016).

Award values vary according to funds available. Candidates are prioritized according to their need, abstract and CVs. Preference will be given to applicants who are presenting their work.

Eligibility: Caregiver Travel Grant Awards are for ABS members who will be attending the annual ABS meeting. Receiving this award does not preclude ABS members from applying for additional funding from ABS.

Applications consist of:
- your submitted abstract, including the title and indicate whether talk or poster
- your curriculum vita (CV)
- justification for request for support (one paragraph)
- indicate whether you have attended or presented at a previous ABS meeting and, if so, please describe.

Questions about this award can be directed to 3rd Member at Large Emily DuVal: mematlarge3@animalbehaviorsociety.org.




Graduate Student Travel Grant

The Graduate Student Travel Grant award is intended to provide financial support for graduate students to attend and present at the annual Animal Behavior Society meeting by helping to defray the costs of travel, housing and/or meals at the meetings. 

The deadline for applications is the last day of abstract submissions (March 31, 2016).

Priority will be given to Ph.D. students who are attending an ABS meeting for the first time. Award values vary according to funds available. Candidates are prioritized according to the quality of their abstracts and CVs.

Eligibility: Graduate Student Travel Awards are restricted to graduate students who will be presenting a talk/poster at the annual ABS meeting and who are active members of ABS. Receiving this award does not preclude students from applying for additional funding from ABS.

Applications consist of:
- your submitted abstract, including the title and indicate whether talk or poster
- your curriculum vita (CV)
- justification for request for support, including information about whether support for attendance is covered by other sources
- indicate whether you have attended or presented at a previous ABS meeting and, if so, please describe.

Applicants will be able to apply via the conference website when they register for the conference.

Questions about the Graduate Student Travel Grant can be directed to 2nd MAL Beth Jakob: mematlarge2@animalbehaviorsociety.org.



George W. Barlow Award for Outstanding Research Proposal


An endowment fund has been established in memory of George W. Barlow for the purpose of encouraging excellence in graduate student research in the field of animal behavior. The Barlow Award will be awarded annually to one top-ranked proposal in the Student Research Grant cycle in accordance with the most recent ABS Student Research Grant competition rules. A cash award and a certificate will be given to the student selected. The amount of the Barlow Award will be the maximum amount allowed for a Student Grant Award as specified in the most recent ABS Bylaws and Policies.  

If you would like to make a US tax-deductible donation to this cause, please use our online donation system: http://www.animalbehaviorsociety.org/web/support.php

You may also send donations by mail to: ABS Central Office, 2111 Chestnut Avenue, Suite 145, Glenview, IL 60025, USA (with appropriate notation for this fund).

We will recognize major donors in a future issue of the Newsletter. Thanks to Dr. Judy Stamps for arranging for ABS to manage this endowment and for her generous seed donation.


 

Notice to Developing Nation Scientists Planning to attend ABS 2016


The Latin American Affairs Committee and/or Diversity Committee can provide letters of invitation to help scientists (faculty or students) from developing countries obtain travel funding from their universities in order to attend the ABS meeting in 2015. If such a letter would be useful in helping you to obtain funding, please contact either the Latin American Affairs Committee Chair, Lilian T. Manica (latinamericanaffairs@animalbehaviorsociety.org) or the Diversity Committee Chair, Daniel Howard (diversity@animalbehaviorsociety.org) to request an invitation. Please provide your name and address, as well as the title or topic of the paper you plan to present at the conference.





 

 

 

 
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