Grants-in-Aid of Research
Malcolm Gordon, Chair, SICB Graduate Student Support Committee
Beginning in 1996, and hopefully extending into the distant future, the SICB Graduate
Student Support Committee (GSSC) began an annual program of awarding small numbers of
competitive Grants-in-Aid of Re-search to support scientific investigation in the fields
of integrative and comparative biology. Awards are limited to graduate students currently
enrolled in degree programs who are active members of SICB. Awards are made in amounts up
to a maximum of $1,000. Each year's competition is announced in the Spring SICB
Newsletter. Closing date for the receipt of completed applications is the following
The results of the inaugural (1996) competition were: Seven awards were made, totaling
$5,000. There were 24 completed timely applications; two late applications were not
considered. Four different Divisions are represented in the awards, three of these with
two awards each. In the following list the awardees are listed in alphabetical order,
along with their places of study, the titles of their projects, and the initials of the
Division to which they belong:
Espinoza, Robert E., Department of Biology, University of Nevada, Reno, NV.
"Reproductive Bimodality in a South American Lizard: Cryptic Species or Evolution in
Action?" Division: DCPB.
Flynn, Katherine M., Department of Biology, Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, NY.
"NMDA Receptor Kinetics and Age in Female and Male Platyfish." Division: DCE.
Foster, Jamie S., Kewalo Marine Laboratory, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI.
"Bacteria Induced Cell Death in Light Organ Morphogenesis of the Sepiolid Squid
Euprymna." Division: DDCB.
Pope, Denise S., Department of Zoology, Duke University, Durham, NC.
"Fiddler Crab Claw Waving: A Functional Analysis." Division: DAB.
Reinert, Bryan D., Division of Biology, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS.
"The Effects of Iopanoic Acid, an Inhibitor of Monodeiodination, on Thyroxin -
Dependent Programming of Seasonal Reproduction and Postnuptial Molt in American Tree
Sparrows." Division: DCE
Warty, Nikita, Department of Biology, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA.
"Investigation of the Transcriptional Regulation of the GP-2 Gene of Dictyostelium
discoideum." Division: DDCB.
Zhou, Tong, Department of Biological Sciences, Rutgers University, Newark, NJ.
"Thyroid Hormone and Behavior in Mummichogs Fundulus heteroclitus from a Polluted Vs.
a Reference Environment." Division: DAB.
The members of the GSSC who reviewed all of the applications offer their
congratulations to the successful award recipients and their appreciation to all of the
other applicants. The other applicants are also encouraged to apply again for the 1997
competition, and all other graduate student members of the Society are encouraged to
The Committee offers the following suggestions for applicants, based upon the results
of this year's reviews:
Follow the instructions for applications. Unless there are major extenuating
circumstances that have been disclosed to the GSSC in advance, or there is a serious
medical emergency (both situations must be verifiable by the GSSC), the published rules
will be followed scrupulously. Make the main points describing your proposed study as
clearly and concisely as you can in your first paragraph. The proposal should be written
by the student, preferably with the advice of the major professor. If the major professor
does a substantial part of the writing it defeats an important part of the process. Ask
for funding within the specified dollar limits of things which will contribute directly to
the success of your work. Routine things that are only generally supportive of the work
are unlikely to be given high priority. Carefully spell check and proofread the entire
application before you send it off. Maintenance of professional quality standards in your
writing will help greatly to establish your credibility.
For more information on the Grants-in-Aid of Research program, fill out and send in the
postcard inserted in this issue of SICB Newsletter.