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Student Awards

AES Carrier Award

The American Elasmobranch Society will present the Carrier Award for the best student poster presentation on elasmobranch biology given during the AES Poster Session. Initiated in 1999, this award has been made possible through a donation from Jeffrey C. and Carol A. Carrier, who have been longtime advocates of student participation in the Society.

AES Samuel Gruber Award

The American Elasmobranch Society will present the Samuel Gruber Award for the best student oral presentation on elasmobranch biology given during the AES paper sessions. This award is named for the society's founder, who continues to be a source of inspiration for students in this challenging field of study.

Gruber Award and Carrier Award Eligibility and Judging


To be eligible, a student must:


  1. Be enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate student,or have completed his/her degree within 12 months of the presentation
  2. Be a member in good standing of AES
  3. Be in his/her second year of AES membership
  4. Be first or sole author of a contributed paper
  5. Indicate at the time of abstract submission his/her intention to compete for the appropriate award
  6. All Gruber/Carrier award candidates will be required to volunteer for at least 2 hrs at the AES store.

If you have any questions regarding the awards, please contact the following individuals:

Carrier Award:
Carrier Award
Dr. Kara Yopak
The University of Western Australia
The Neuroecology Group (M317)
35 Stirling Highway
Crawley, WA 6009
Phone: +61 (0) 8 6488 4509
Fax: +61 (0) 8 6488 7527

Gruber Award:
Nick Wegner
Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Center for Marine Biotechnology and Biomedicine
Marine Biology Research Division
9500 Gilman Dr. Mailcode: 0204
La Jolla, CA 92093-0204


ASIH Stoye Award

Stoye Awards of the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists recognize the best student oral presentation in the following categories. Submission for oral presentation will be reviewed based on the following emphases:

  • General Ichthyology includes, but is not limited to, morphological and molecular systematics, techniques in systematics, zoogeography, paleontology, and faunal descriptions.
  • General Herpetology includes, but is not limited to, morphological and molecular systematics, techniques in systematics, zoogeography, paleontology, and faunal descriptions.
  • Genetics, Development, and Morphology includes, but is not limited to, population genetics, mitochondrial DNA analysis, comparative embryology, heterochrony, descriptive and experimental development, comparative and evolutionary morphology, functional morphology, and biomechanics.
  • Ecology and Ethology includes, but is not limited to, population and community ecology, life history strategies, descriptive and experimental ethology, behavioral ecology, neuroethology, and ecomorphology.
  • Physiology and Physiological Ecology includes, but is not limited to, comparative and experimental physiology, biochemistry, sensory and behavioral physiology, and endocrinology.
  • Conservation includes, but is not limited to, conservation biology, conservation policy, management, and restoration.

ASIH Storer Awards

Storer Awards of the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists recognize the best student poster presentation in each of the following categories:

  • Ichthyology
  • Herpetology

Stoye and Storer Awards Eligibility and Judging

To be eligible for either Stoye or Storer Awards, the student must:

  • Be the presenter and lead author (multi-authored presentations are allowed)
  • Be a member of ASIH
  • Indicate a desire to be considered when submitting an abstract (see instructions for Submitting Abstracts)
  • Meet the ASIH criteria for student:

    "An individual who at the time the paper is given is the equivalent of a full-time student (an individual who is devoting his or her major efforts to a formal program of study) or who has satisfactorily completed a thesis or dissertation defense during the past twelve months."

Stoye and Storer presentations are judged by the following criteria:

  • Introduction
  • Methods
  • Data analysis and interpretation
  • Conclusions
  • Innovation, originality, and scientific significance
  • Presentation
  • Visual aids or graphic design

The rating scale is 0 to 10 points: excellent (9 to 10), very good (7 to 8), good (4 to 6), fair (2 to 3), poor (0 to 1).

Questions about the Stoye and Storer Awards should be directed to Maureen Donnelly.

The Herpetologists' League Graduate Research Awards

If you are a Master's or Ph.D. student with research results, consider participating in the annual competition for The Herpetologists' League Graduate Research Awards. To participate, you must

  1. Be a member of The Herpetologists' League in good standing
  2. Be either a registered graduate student or have completed your graduate degree requirements within 14 months of your presentation
  3. Submit an abstract (of which you must be the senior author and have done the majority of the work) by the deadline for submission of abstracts to the Joint Meeting, indicating your desire to compete for the HL Graduate Research Award
  4. Give the oral presentation at the meeting

All presenters will receive evaluations from the judges after the meeting. Presenters of the second to fifth ranked presentations will receive $200 awards. The presenter of the best presentation as ranked by the judges will receive $500, ten years of back issues of Herpetologica, and an invitation to submit a manuscript based on the work presented to either Herpetologica or Herpetological Monographs, depending on its length. The Herpetologists' League will commit to publishing this manuscript, following successful peer review and editorial revision, as a lead article identifying the author (or senior author) as the winner of the Herpetologists' League Graduate Research Award.

For further information or questions concerning The Herpetologists' League Graduate Research Award, contact Robert Espinoza, Department of Biology, California State University at Northridge, Northridge, CA 91330, USA.

Neotropical Ichthyological Association (NIA) Student Award

The Neotropical Ichthyological Association (NIA) will recognize with a cash award the best student papers (1 oral presentation and 1 poster presentation) presented at the 2015 Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists on a topic which in the opinion of the judges substantially includes the study of Neotropical fishes. To be eligible the student must be the first author and the presenter of the paper or poster. Multi-authored presentations are eligible.

To be eligible students must be registered in a degree program (graduate or undergraduate), or have received their degree no more than 15 months prior to the presentation, and indicate to the meeting organizers their intention to compete in compliance with the guidelines and deadlines set forth by the organizers of the JMIH meeting. Please indicate the appropriate category for which you are applying on the abstract submission form. For questions please contact Jonathan N. Baskin.

Travel Awards

AES Student Travel Award

Students presenting a contributed paper as a first or sole author during the 2015 Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists are invited to apply for financial assistance to attend the meeting. All applicants MUST be members in good standing of AES (dues paid by December 31, 2014) and in at least their second year of membership. The maximum award will not exceed $500. Students are only eligible for travel assistance once per degree. Assistance will be need-based (when funds are limiting and the society is not able to fund all applicants). In these instances priority will be given to students with full research results to present rather than preliminary analyses. For more information, visit

ASIH Graduate Student Travel Awards

Travel awards of $300 each ($500 for intercontinental travelers) will be awarded to help defray travel expenses to participate in the 2015 Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists. A student may apply for an award in only one category (ichthyology or herpetology). The awards will be chosen by random draw. You are eligible for an ASIH travel award if:

  • You are currently a graduate student AND a member of ASIH
  • You are presenting your research at the 2015 JMIH (oral or poster presentation)
  • You have not previously received an ASIH travel award

You are eligible for an intercontinental award if you will be traveling to the meeting from a location that will require an intercontinental flight. Students attending North American schools are eligible for an intercontinental travel award if they will be traveling to the meeting directly from a field site in another continent. If you receive a travel award, you are obligated to work four one-hour shifts at the ASIH raffle table during the meeting. Once you have completed your shifts, you can pick up your check from the raffle coordinator.

To apply for an ASIH graduate student travel award, please fill out the application and send it to Drew Davis at by May 10, 2015.


AES Store

The SAC is responsible for organizing and running the AES Store at each year's annual conference. We rely upon student volunteers to help run the store, sell merchandise, and provide information about the annual meeting to the members of AES. Working at the store is a great opportunity to meet other members of the society, while helping to run one of the society's primary revenue generating sources. Proceeds from the AES Store help fund student travel. The AES store will be located in Crystal 5 in the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino at this year's annual meeting. The store will be open during meeting hours (8am-5pm) from the 16-19 July (the AES Banquet will be on Sunday, 19 July). Please drop by to check out the merchandise, as well as AES auction items. Remember - purchases at the AES store support travel awards for students so pick up some AES gear and help out.

ASIH Graduate Student Travel Award Book Raffle

A book raffle will be conducted to raise funds for graduate student travel awards. Tickets may be purchased during the Joint Meeting, with the funds going directly toward student travel awards for 2015. The books are donated by publishers, booksellers, society members, etc.

ASIH thanks meeting attendees who participate in the student-run book raffle, which directly supports student travel to the JMIH. In recognition that today's student members are the future of ASIH and that attendance at the JMIH encourages society involvement, ASIH matches dollar for dollar funds raised at the raffle. Please help ASIH promote our students, be generous, and make this year's raffle a great success.

Please ship donations for the ASIH Book Raffle to:

Chris R. Feldman, PhD
Assistant Professor of Biology,
Co-director of Museum of Natural History,
University of Nevada, Reno
1664 N. Virginia St. (MS 0314)
Reno, Nevada 89557