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
  • SICB Educational Council Program Lecture

 

George A. Bartholomew Award
Each year the Division of Comparative Physiology and Biochemistry awards a prize to a young investigator for distinguished contributions to comparative physiology and biochemistry or to related fields of functional and integrative biology. 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 2015 SICB Meeting in West Palm Beach, FL. 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 Friday, 12 September 2014.

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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
An annual prize may be given either to an outstanding young investigator for distinguished contributions to the field of comparative biomechanics (eligible candidates are those who have completed their doctorate within the past seven years), or to any investigator for the single most significant contribution published in the preceding calendar year to the literature of comparative biomechanics, including research papers, review articles, and published books. The formal title for this award is "The Carl Gans Award," in recognition of Carl Gans' scientific career and editorial contributions to animal morphology, biomechanics, and functional biology. The Chair of the Division of Comparative Biomechanics shall appoint an Award Committee consisting of at least three divisional members with diverse interests to serve as judges. The Chair of the Division will designate one of the members as the chair of the Award Committee. Committee members will normally serve for no more than three years, with at least one member being replaced each year. Candidates may either apply directly or be nominated for either type of award, and must be members of SICB. Past winners of the Bartholomew Award are ineligible to compete for the Gans Award. Details for the competition will be announced in the spring newsletter of each year. Applicants shall submit to the Chair of the Award Committee either a short description of their work together with selected reprints (outstanding young investigator), or a copy of either a research paper, review article, or book (best contribution to the literature). A curriculum vitae must also be submitted, along with three letters of support. Nominators must arrange for these same materials (except that only two additional letters of recommendation are required) to be submitted to the Committee. The Committee may recommend for approval one candidate to the Chair of the Division, who may authorize reimbursement of appropriate expenses incurred by the winner in attending the annual SICB meeting. The awardee will be presented with a certificate signed by all current Divisional officers. According to available funds, the Chair may also authorize a research award to further the following themes: 1) general field and laboratory work in comparative biomechanics, 2) collaborative work with scientists in Israel, 3) travel to visit Ben-Gurion University (Sde-Boqer Campus) and the Gans Library, and to conduct fieldwork in Israel, and 4) support of collaborative international research. These research themes are in recognition of Carl Gans' efforts to promote and foster international collaborations among scientists, as well as his ability to show that all animals are interesting.

Donations to the Carl Gans Award Fund can be made via our Secure Online Contribution Form.

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M. Patricia Morse Award for Excellence and Innovation in Science Education
This new award, approved by the SICB Executive Committee in 2013, will be given to a SICB member at any career stage for significant achievement in science education. The Educational Council will accept and evaluate appli cations and nominations for this award. Nominations should include a one page description and any supporting material related to significant achievements in science education, a curriculum vitae, and three letters of support. Nominations must be submitted to the Chair of the Educational Council (Chair.EdCouncil@sicb.org).

No special address by the award recipient will be expected. 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 support for the winner to attend that year's meeting. 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."

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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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