SSAR awards the following honors. See links for eligibility, requirements, and past/current winners.
This award honors the memory of Dean E. Metter and provides funds of $300—$1,000 to facilitate field research in herpetology. Applicants must be currently enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate student in an accredited college or university and be conducting field-based research in herpetology. This research may occur anywhere in the world, but priority will be given to research conducted in the state of Missouri. Due annually on March 30.
This grant provides $500 to proposals in herpetological research, education, or conservation. Due annually on December 30.
This award of $500 recognizes superior effectiveness and mentoring of students in the area of herpetology. Nomination packets are due annually on April 30.
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.
This award of $200 recognizes the best student papers presented at the annual meeting of the SSAR. To be eligible, the presented paper must be the result of research conducted by the presenter, and 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 award may be given in each of the following four categories: conservation, ecology, evolution/systematics, and physiology/morphology.
These awards of $250 recognize the best graduate 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, and the research must have been conducted while the student was enrolled in a graduate degree program. Students entering the competition must be members of SSAR. The presentations will be judged by the SSAR student prize committee.
This $250 award recognizes the best undergraduate poster at the annual JMIH or SSAR meeting. To be eligible to compete for this award, a student must be an undergraduate, or have graduated in the previous spring semester. The student must be the first author on the poster and must present the poster. There can be additional authors on the poster.
These 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. Applications are accepted annually; follow link for details.
These awards allow for selected junior and senior high school students who are budding herpetologists to attend SSAR’s annual meeting. Applications are accepted annually; follow link for details.