Each year, the American Ornithological Society confers several prestigious awards to students (undergraduate, masters, and doctoral) who present an outstanding poster or oral paper at the society’s annual meeting. Each award consists of a $500 honorarium. These awards are administered by the Student & Postdoc Travel and Presentation Awards Committee.

Individuals wishing to be considered for a Student Presentation Award must indicate their interest when submitting their abstract for the general scientific sessions. The online abstract submission form includes an option to indicate interest in being considered for a student presentation award, and answering this question, in addition to completing the rest of the abstract submission form, will serve as the individual’s application to the Student Presentation Award competition.

The Awards

The AOS Student Presentation Awards include the following:

  • The Nellie Johnson Baroody Award, given for the best presentation on any topic in ornithology.
  • The Robert B. Berry Student Award, given for the best oral presentation on a topic pertaining to avian conservation.
  • The Mark E. Hauber Award, given for the best oral presentation on avian behavior.
  • The A. Brazier Howell Award, given for the best presentation on any topic in ornithology.
  • The Frances F. Roberts Award, given for the best presentation on any topic in ornithology.
  • The AOS Council Awards, given for the best presentations on any topic in ornithology.

Eligibility

To participate in the presentation award competition, a student must be:

  • A current member of AOS.
  • The sole presenting author of a poster or oral paper presentation. Students giving 15-minute talks as part of a symposium are eligible, but those giving longer talks in a symposium are not eligible.
  • A full-time or recently graduated student (including undergraduates). Students graduating the semester prior to the meeting are also eligible for presentation awards.

Awards are made based on the quality of research and presentation. Preference is given to students in the final phases of completing their research, as opposed to those presenting preliminary findings. Students may receive only one presentation award from AOS in their lifetime.

    From the field

    Hummingbird hybrids? Yes! This photos is of an Allen's Hummingbird x Rufous Hummingbird hybrid, captured near Happy Camp, California. Researchers recently identified a previously unknown hybrid zone where the two species overlap in northern California and southern Oregon, and their findings were published this week in The Auk: Ornithological Advances. Scientists hope that studying hybridization between the two species could yield new insights about how biodiversity is created and maintained. Read the press release at the link in our profile! Photo by Brian Myers. #ornithology #wildlife #science #birds #conservation #hummingbirds #nature #animalsWhy are mallards sometimes called the Research recently published in The Auk: Ornithological Advances shows that these two spectacular, closely related hummingbird species occupying the same habitat in the Andes — the Blue-throated Starfrontlet (Coeligena helianthea) and the Golden-bellied Starfrontlet (C. bonapartei) — may be an example of speciation with gene flow, where one species splits into two despite ongoing interbreeding between the two diverging groups. #ornithology #science #wildlife #birds #hummingbirds #nature #animalsI also use small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS, aka drones) in my work in conservation as well as in work for the electric industry unrelated to conservation. Drones can cause much less disturbance than traditional methods when checking the nests of raptors. Drones can also be used to install line markers to reduce avian collisions, to inspect nests for entanglement hazards, or to quantify wildlife. I even get to fly drones in high voltage environments where a person would be killed if they entered! It's been fun taking over the AOS Instagram account this week — if you have questions about my work, you can reach me at jdwyer@edmlink.com! #birds #ornithology #science #conservation #wildlife #drones #powerlines
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