Awards, Scholarships & Lectures

Awards

SICB has a number of programs that promote the scientific and educational goals of the society. Donations to support these programs are appreciated.

Scholarships

External

Lectures

These Lectures are held at the Annual Meeting. Please visit our Meetings Pages for information on past and upcoming Award Lectures.
  • George A. Bartholomew Award Lecture
  • Howard A. Bern Lecture
  • John A. Moore Lecture

 

George A. Bartholomew Award
Each year the Division of Comparative Physiology and Biochemistry recognizes a young investigator for distinguished contributions to comparative physiology and biochemistry or to related fields of functional and integrative biology. The award offers the awardee a fantastic opportunity to communicate this research via a large lecture at this year’s SICB conference. We encourage nominations of individuals from under-represented groups in science, including women. Eligible candidates are those who have completed their doctorate within the past seven years and who are members of SICB. Candidates for this award may apply themselves or they may be nominated; all candidates will be evaluated equally. Applicants should submit a short description of their work, selected reprints, and curriculum vitae to Dr. Sheila Patek, the Chair of the Award Committee. Three letters of recommendation should be solicited from colleagues who know of the nominee's work. Nominators must arrange for these same materials to be sent to Dr. Patek, except with only two additional letters of recommendation. The person chosen as the recipient of this award will be invited to present a special address at the 2016 SICB Meeting in Portland, Oregon. In addition to a cash prize, the recipient will be reimbursed for expenses incurred to attend the meeting. Please send applications/nominations for this award to Dr. Patek at Sheila.Patek@duke.edu. The deadline for nominations is 24 August 2015.

George A Bartholomew (1919-2006) - photo on left from http://www.sicb.org/newsletters/nl11-2006/obituary.php3



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Howard A. Bern Lecture

Nominations are sought for the 2016 Howard A. Bern Lecture. The Howard A. Bern Lecture was created by the Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology (SICB) to honor the outstanding contributions of Professor Howard A. Bern to the field of comparative endocrinology and to the society. Professor Bern delivered the inaugural lecture in 2002. Since then, the lecture is given annually at the SICB meeting by a scientist who has made significant contributions to the field of comparative endocrinology. Scientists from around the world are eligible, and affiliation with SICB is not required. A list of past Bern lecturers is available at http://www.sicb.org/divisions/dce.php3#bern. Nominations should include the following items: 1) a letter that highlights the nominee’s contributions to the field of comparative endocrinology (e.g., significance and impact of work, publication record, mentoring, professional service to the discipline) and indicates how these contributions merit selection, 2) a one-page profile of the nominee, and 3) a curriculum vitae of the nominee. Nomination packages should be sent electronically as a single pdf file to Mary Mendonca (chair.dce@sicb.org) by August 24, 2015. Professor Bern was one of the founders of the field of comparative endocrinology and was a pioneer in the study of endocrine disruption. He joined the faculty of the University of California Berkeley in 1948 and remained active even after his formal retirement in 1990. Professor Bern directed the work of 36 M.A. students, 46 Ph.D. students, and over 90 postdoctoral fellows and visiting scientists from around the world. His research interests have been wide-ranging—including control of growth, development, metabolism, osmoregulation, and tumor biology—and have resulted in over 600 publications. Together with the late Professor Aubrey Gorbman, Professor Bern co-authored A Textbook of Comparative Endocrinology in 1962, a seminal work that shaped the thinking and careers of a vast number of scientists around the globe. Professor Bern was elected President of SICB (then American Society of Zoologists, 1967), member of the National Academy of Sciences (1973), Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (1977), Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (1990), and was the recipient of the Outstanding Achievement Award from the American Institute of Fisheries Research Biologists (2003). Howard Bern passed away in January 2012, but his many contributions to biology and the people whose lives he touched live on.



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Adrian M. Wenner Award Fund
This fund is available to the Divisions of Animal Behavior, Ecology and Evolution and Invertebrate Zoology to present an "Adrian M. Wenner Strong Inference Award" to a graduate student or recently finished PhD student for a presentation at the annual meeting. To make a donation, go to our secure Online Contribution Form.

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The Carl Gans Award
The Division of Comparative Biomechanics is pleased to announce this year’s competition for the annual Carl Gans Award. This award is given annually either to an outstanding young investigator (eligible candidates are those who have completed their doctorate within the past seven years) for distinguished contributions to the field of comparative biomechanics, or to an investigator at any level for the single most significant contribution published in the past (2014) calendar year to the literature of comparative biomechanics, including research papers, review articles, and books. For either type of award, candidates may apply directly or be nominated, and must be members of SICB. Past winners of the Bartholomew Award are ineligible to compete for the Gans Award. Application materials shall be submitted to the Award Committee, chaired this year by John Long (jolong@vassar.edu ), and comprise either 1) a short description of their work together with selected reprints (outstanding young investigator), or a copy of a research paper, review article, or book (best contribution to the literature); 2) a curriculum vitae; and 3) three letters of support. Nominators must arrange for these materials (two additional letters of recommendation are required) to be submitted to Chair of the Division (chair.dcb@sicb.org). The Award Committee will recommend for approval one candidate to the Division Chair, who will authorize reimbursement of appropriate expenses incurred by the winner in attending the annual SICB meeting. The awardee will be presented with a certificate, and according to available funds, the Chair may also authorize a research award. Please send applications/nominations for this award to Dr. Melina Hale, chair.dcb@sicb.org to be forwarded to the Award Committee. The deadline for applications and nominations is 24 August 2015.



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M. Patricia Morse Award for Excellence and Innovation in Science Education
An annual prize awarded to a SICB member at any career stage for significant achievement in science education. This award honors the achievements and contributions of M. Patricia Morse, President of SICB in 1985, to the Society especially in the area of education. Please see the article written by Trish in the SICB Newsletter, Spring 2009, on "John Moore, SAAWOK and the SICB." The SICB Educational Council will accept and evaluate applications as well as nominations for this award. Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, a one-page description and any supporting materials related to achievements in science education, and three letters of support. Nominators are expected to submit one of the support letters and should arrange for the remainder of the same materials to be submitted. In lieu of an oral presentation, awardees will be expected to write a brief article for the SICB newsletter or journal describing their achievements or any important aspect of science education. Each year's winner will be recognized prior to the introduction of the Moore Lecturer, and the Chair of the Educational Council may also authorize funds to help support the winner's attendance at that year's meeting. Please send nominations for this award to the Chair of the Educational Council (Chair.EdCouncil@sicb.org). The deadline for nominations is 24 August 2015.

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Broadening Participation Committee Travel Award
The purpose of the award is to provide funding in the form of travel, hotel, and or registration for underrepresented students, postdocs and faculty to attend or present their research at annual meetings of the SICB.
The SICB Broadening Participation committee accepts applications for travel awards every year concurrent with the annual meeting. Deadlines and forms will be announced on the meeting page for each year.

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Charlotte Mangum Student Support Program
The Charlotte Mangum Student Support Program, named in honor of SICB President Charlotte Preston Mangum, awards financial support in the form of housing or waived registration fees at the annual meetings. Those applicants granted housing support will receive housing (with a co-pay of presently $75/meeting) for up to five (5) nights during the Annual Meeting. For guidelines and application, refer to the webpages for the upcoming meeting. As a condition to receive this award, each student must agree to donate time as an assistant during some of the sessions. Normally, student may receive support to attend the annual meeting for up to three years. Only graduate student and undergraduate SICB student members are eligible.

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Dorothy M. Skinner Award Fund
 Dorothy Skinner, a long-time member of the Society for Integrative Biology and The Crustacean Society, died on February 12, 2005 from complications of Parkinson's disease. We have not only lost a prominent member of our community, but also an influential mentor and advocate for women in science. As a memorial, a fund has been established for the "Dorothy M. Skinner Award." The award recognizes women Ph.D. students and/or postdoctoral fellows who have demonstrated outstanding scholarship and show high potential for continued excellence in research. It provides travel support to awardees to present their research at annual meetings of the SICB. To make a donation, go to our secure Online Contribution Form.

Dorothy M. Skinner Award Application Form

Past Dorothy M. Skinner Awardees
  • 2014: Connie O'Connor
  • 2013: Brooke Flammang
  • 2012: Molly Dickens
  • 2011: Rebecca Calisi
  • 2010: Maren Vitousek
  • 2009: Jessica E. Garb, University of Arizona
  • 2008: Deborah I. Lutterschmidt, Georgia State University


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Grants In Aid Of Research Program (GIAR)
If you are interested in the Grants in Aid of Research program and need either more information or an application form, please visit our online Guidelines.
See also: Past GIAR/FGST awards listing.

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Fellowship of Graduate Student Travel (FGST)
The Fellowship of Graduate Student Travel (FGST) is a new award generously established in 2002 by the SICB. The purpose of these fellowships is to provide student funds for travel and other expenses at distant research laboratories, museums, or field sites. The primary purpose is for travel to "distant" research sites to learn specialized techniques or to use unique equipment or collections. The SSC expects to grant 2-3 fellowships of up to $2000 this year. Click here for Guidelines and Application Form. If you are interested in the Grants in Aid of Research program and need either more information or an application form, please visit our online Guidelines and Application Form.
See also: Past GIAR/FGST awards listing.

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Libbie H. Hyman Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship, in memory of Libbie H. Hyman, one of America's foremost invertebrate zoologists, provides assistance to students to take courses or to pursue research on invertebrates at a marine, freshwater, or terrestrial field station. The Hyman Grant is intended to help support a first meaningful field-station experience for a first- or second-year graduate student, or an advanced undergraduate.

For guidelines and online application go to http://sicb.org/grants/hyman/

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