Gruber Presentation Award

Encouraging excellence in research and scientific papers by student members

The Samuel Gruber Endowment Fund was established in 1988 by Dr. Samuel H. Gruber, founding member of AES, to benefit the society primarily by encouraging excellence in research and scientific papers by student members. The purpose of the Gruber Fund is to provide monies on a continuing basis for the Gruber Award, which is given for the best oral paper by a student member at the annual AES meeting. The current amount of the award is $300, of which half is drawn from the Gruber Fund and the other half comes from AES general operating funds.

The winner of the award is chosen by the AES Student Awards Committee, an ad hoc group of reviewers appointed each year by the AES President. Over the past 24 years the Gruber Award has become an entrenched part of the society's growing legacy and a prestigious honor for its student members. Previous winners have represented many different disciplines in elasmobranch biology, including physiology, behavior, ecology and other fields, and many have gone on to full-time scientific careers.

To be eligible for the Gruber Award, 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 in at least his or her second year of AES membership;
  3. be a member in good standing of AES;
  4. be first or sole author of a contributed paper; and
  5. indicate at the time of abstract submission his/her intention to compete for the appropriate award. Late entries will no longer be accepted. 

Remember that to be "in good standing" students must renew their memberships before the first day of the calendar year, e.g. to qualify for the Gruber Award for the 2016 annual meeting, students must have renewed their society membership by 31 December 2015.

Please find guidelines and recommendations designed for students competing for the Gruber Award here


Nicholas Wegner
Chair, Gruber Award Committee

Scripps Institution of Oceanography
9500 Gilman Drive Mailco
La Jolla, CA 92093