SSAR awards the following honors. See links for eligibility, requirements, and past/current winners.
Dean E. (Doc) Metter (1932-2001) was a long-time member of the biology faculty at the University of Missouri-Columbia, where he taught zoology, comparative anatomy, evolution, and herpetology. A believer in putting knowledge to the test in the field, Doc provided frequent opportunities for students to engage in fieldwork. In addition, he frequently assisted his graduate students as they ventured out to collect data. Doc was a co-founder of the Bobby Witcher Society, the legacy of which is a scholarship fund. For many years, the interest earned served to reward outstanding herpetology students who intended to continue their education and seek a career in vertebrate biology. That fund now serves a similar purpose by honoring Doc’s memory while helping to fund the SSAR-administered Dean E. Metter Memorial Award.
This program is intended to provide financial support for deserving individuals or organizations involved in herpetological research, education, or conservation.
The Henri Seibert Award was initiated in 1992 to provide recognition for the best student papers given 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 student presentations at the annual meeting.
To be eligible, the presented paper must be the result of research conducted by the presenter. The research must have been done while the student was in either an undergraduate or graduate degree program. The presentations will be judged by the SSAR student prize committee. One Seibert Prize of US $200 may be given in each of the following four categories:
The Meritorious Teaching Award is given to recognize superior effectiveness and mentoring of students in the area of herpetology.
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.
Ten travel awards of $500 each are offered to students every year to help defray the costs of travel to the SSAR’s annual meeting. 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 that years meeting.
Awards for selected junior and senior high school students who are budding herpetologists to attend SSAR’s annual meeting.
This award to postdoctoral fellows helps awardees attend and present their research at SSAR’s annual meetings and meet and interact with leaders in the field, which comes at a key time in their careers when they are seeking permanent positions. Awards are open to postdocs from all countries.