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 meeting in Austin, Texas (July 12th-16th). 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 meeting. 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 meeting 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. Application materials are preferred in electronic form (either PDF or Microsoft Word) and should be sent to Vincent Farallo at firstname.lastname@example.org by 12 May 2017; however, if an electronic submission is not possible please contact Vincent Farallo to arrange the delivery of a hard copy. Hard copies sent via postal mail must be postmarked prior to 12 May 2017 to be considered; however the drawing will take place on May 15th to ensure students have an opportunity to registrar before the early bird deadline. So if you must send in your application via postal mail it is recommended you send it earlier.
For more information, contact: Vincent Farallo.