2019 was the inaugural year of this new competition to recognize excellent poster presentations by undergraduate students. SSAR’s George B. Rabb Undergraduate Poster Award is sponsored by Zoo Atlanta and honors our colleague George Rabb (1930-2017), former Director of the Brookfield Zoo in Chicago, IL, and highly respected advocate and spokesman for wildlife conservation.
Eight eligible presentations were given at the Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists & and Herpetologists in Snowbird, UT, 24-28 July 2019. This year’s judges were Michelle Koo (University of California, Berkeley), Cari-Ann Hickerson (John Carroll University), and Jonathan Rose (U.S.G.S. Western Ecological Research Center). A single awardee received a check for US $250 and an SSAR book.
The winner of the 1st annual Rabb Undergraduate Poster Award is:
Michael Buontempo (Christopher Newport University), “Evidence for Ecogeographic Divergence Linked to Dorsal Coloration in the Eastern Hognose Snake”
Award Information and Guidelines
The SSAR George W. Rabb Undergraduate Poster Award provides recognition for the best undergraduate student posters presented at the annual meeting of the SSAR. 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 during the student poster competition at the annual JMIH or SSAR meeting. There can be additional authors on the poster. The competing student must be a current member of SSAR.
The George Rabb Undergraduate Poster Award entries will be judged by the following criteria:
Quality of Research
Quality of the Visual Display of the Research
Professionalism and Confidence of the Presenter
Students may win the award only one time. Please indicate the appropriate category for which you are applying on the abstract submission form. For tips on making a great poster see: Poster Recommendations.
Contact Betsie Rothermel for further information.