james cooper, aos award namesake

The AOS James G. Cooper Early Professional Award recognizes early-career researchers for their outstanding contributions in any field of ornithology. It consists of a certificate, $1,500 honorarium, gratis registration to attend the annual meeting. Awardees are also invited to give a plenary at the annual meeting. The award is named in honor of James G. Cooper, a pioneering naturalist and ornithologist in the western regions of North America.

Candidates may nominate themselves for the award, be nominated by another member(s) of AOS, or be added to the slate of candidates by the Early Professional Awards Committee, which selects the annual awardees. Selection will be based on the committee’s evaluation of the candidate’s short-format CV and a mini-paper written by the candidate about their own research (see below). The successful nominee will excel in research and show distinct promise for leadership in ornithology within and beyond North America. In addition, they must:

  • Be a current member of AOS.
  • Be within/up to the end of their third year post terminal degree (Master’s or PhD) or in the final nine months of their graduate studies at the time of the annual meeting (August 9, 2021). (An extra year of eligibility is granted for parental leave.)
  • Have not received the award previously.

Submit a Nomination

Nominations for the Cooper Award are currently closed.

Nominations must be submitted through our online Member Portal.

  • The page linked above will direct you to a login screen. If you have previously created an account in our Member Portal, enter your user name and password. After logging in, you will be redirected to the James G. Cooper nomination page.
  • If you have not previously created an account, click Register Now on the lower right to set up your profile.

To submit a nomination for the Cooper Award, you will need to upload 1) a mini-paper describing the candidate’s research, and 2) a current CV of the candidate (up to two pages).

Guidelines for Mini-Paper of Candidate’s Research

The mini-paper should be written by the candidate and should focus on the candidate’s own research. It should address selected aspects of the candidate’s past, present, or future research, similar to a research statement for a typical faculty-job application. It should contain a title, abstract, and main body of text, not to exceed 1,500 words. The main body of text can be divided into subsections as the candidate sees fit. Literature-cited, tables, figures, and captions are not included in the word count, but figures and tables are limited to 4 total. The file should be in Word or PDF format.

Previous Winners of the Cooper Award

2021   Ana Gonzalez & Benjamin Van Doren
2020   Nick Mason
2019   Karan Odom and Kyle Horton
2018   Kristen Covino
2017   Nancy Chen and Riccardo Ton
2016   Daniel Baldassarre and Peter Hosner
2015   Jared Wolfe and Elizabeth Gow
2014   Conor Taff and Mary Caswell Stoddard
2013   Christina Riehl and Henry Streby
2012   Luciano Naka and Morgan Tingley
2011   Matthew Carling and Karl Berg
2010   Zachary Cheviron, with finalists Andrea Townsend and Daniel Barton
2009   Jamie Cornelius, with finalists Karie Decker and Eben Paxton