Applications for AOS Student Membership Awards are now closed. Please check back soon for the dates of the next application cycle.

AOS awards one year of gratis student membership to students from anywhere in the world interested in pursuing a career in ornithology. Student Membership Award winners receive the full benefits of AOS membership. These awards are administered by the Student Membership Awards Committee.

Successful applicants will be notified that they are receiving a Student Membership Award in time to register early for the annual meeting and to apply for Student Travel Awards, the Student Presentation Award competition, and Student Research Awards. See the AOS Calendar for a complete list of award deadlines.

Student Membership Award Eligibility

  • Applicants must not have previously been members of AOS (including either AOU or COS).
  • Applicants must be (1) currently enrolled students at any level from any country, or (2) students between degree-seeking programs with intent to re-enter a degree program in the future.

To Apply

Applications for Student Membership Awards must be submitted via our Member Portal.

  • Clicking “Apply Now” on the page linked above will direct you to a login screen. If you have previously created an account, your Login ID is your email address. After logging in, you will be redirected to the Student Membership Award application page.
  • If you have not previously created an account, click Create Account at the lower left to set up your profile.
  • You can also navigate to the submission page from the Member Portal homepage under “Open Competitions” in the lower right.

Your application must include the following:

  • A resume or curriculum vitae describing your current degree program, the expected date of completion, your academic or work experience, and your interests in ornithology.
  • A short note from your academic advisor indicating support for the application on institutional letterhead from the institution in you are currently enrolled.
  • If you are between degree-seeking programs with intent to re-enter a degree program in the future, you should indicate this in your application, and your faculty indication of support should come from your previous supervisor and include their confirmation that you intend to re-enter a degree program in the future.

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    Hi everyone, I’m Connor Wood (@cmmwood), a PhD student at @uwmadison and AOS member, and I’ll be taking over AOS’s account this week! I use bioacoustics to study Spotted Owls and Barred Owls in California’s Sierra Nevada. Recent advances in bioacoustic hardware and software have opened up exciting new research possibilities in the last few years. I’ll be sharing some photos from my dissertation research, which was the first landscape-scale multi-species owl surveys in the U.S. One paper emerging from that project will be published by AOS’s The Condor this week. Photo by @the.jade.heron. #ornithology #wildlife #birds #owls #science #scientist #stemAs a member of the AOS Council, I am happy to play a role in helping to steer the society forward and also make our conferences a great experience for all! I am particularly keen to make AOS a society that fosters the development of early career ornithologists — they are the ones who will be doing the important work of the future. Thank you for following along this week! Photo by Todd Forsgren. #ornithology #science #stem
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[Thanks to Mike Webster for taking over the account this week! Mike had so much fun putting this together that he decided to create his own Instagram account — you can follow him at @michaelwebster83. If YOU are an AOS member and would like to be featured here for a week, please get in touch!]As Director of the Macaulay Library, I am excited to provide the resources and training that will help ornithologists do the research that helps us understand and conserve birds. This is a shot of me with a few of the students that participated in a bioacoustics recordings and analysis workshop that we ran in India this past year. Calling all researchers: the Macaulay Library has audio recordings, videos, and photos of more than 85% of the world’s birds available for your research project! Photo by Mike Webster. #ornithology #science #wildlife #stem #india
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[Our thanks to AOS member Mike Webster, who's taking over this account for the week!]New Hampshire and Colorado aside, much of my research career has involved tropical birds, starting with my dissertation research (many years ago!) on the breeding system of the Montezuma Oropendola. Photo Credit: Annette Teng/Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology (ML83646041). #birds #wildlife #ornithology #science #tropicalbirds
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[Our thanks to AOS member Mike Webster, who's taking over this account for the week!]I grew up in Colorado, where I developed my fascination (and passion) for the outdoors and animal behavior, particular the behavior of wild birds. My first research experience came as a field tech studying the lekking behavior of Greater Sage Grouse in the Sierra Mountains. First photo, Linda Sterk; second photo, Andrew Spencer/Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology (ML27679151). #ornithology #birds #science #wildlife #colorado #biology #ecology #birdbehavior
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[Our thanks to AOS member Mike Webster, who's taking over this account for the week!]Another major area of research in my lab is on the effects of climate change on breeding of migratory birds, such as the Black-throated Blue Warbler. Our work with this bird in New Hampshire's White Mountains has revealed that behavioral plasticity allows these birds to deal flexibly with advancing springs, but only up to a point! First photo, Ian Davies/Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology (ML31729651); second photo, Rebecca Koch; third and fourth photos, Linda Sterk. #ornithology #birds #wildlife #science #biology #ecology #warblers #conservation #climatechange
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[Our thanks to AOS member Mike Webster, who's taking over this account for the week!]Much of my research focuses on the evolution of communication signals, like plumage coloration and song, in Australian birds. Currently much of my work focuses on the Red-backed Fairywren of northern Australia. I am fascinated by fairywrens because they live in complex, cooperative family groups, and yet show high levels of extrapair mating (that is,
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