Student Research Awards

Each year the AES Grant Committee will award two separate $1000 awards — the Mollet Elasmobranch Research Award and the Student Research Award — for research on chondrichthyan fishes . In addition, the Donald R. Nelson Grant Committee will award a $1000 award for research on the behavior and sensory biology of chondrichthyan fishes. The award winners will be announced and the awards presented at the annual meeting banquet. Students who are currently enrolled in a degree program (undergraduate or graduate) and are members in good standing of AES (i.e., paid dues by December 31 of the prior year) are eligible to apply. Students are eligible to receive each award once per degree. Selection of the recipients will be based on the merit of the proposed or ongoing research. The ranking criteria form used by the Committee Members is available for students to help refine their proposals based on the judging criteria. Emphasis will also be placed on how crucial the additional funding would be to the progress (or completion) of the research project.

Before applying, please read the attached "AES Award Summary" to understand the differences among the criteria for the separate AES award funds

Award winners are expected to present the results of their research at an annual meeting of the AES.

Award winners are required to:

  • Submit a report of expenditures to the AES Treasurer within one year
  • Acknowledge the AES for financial support in resulting presentations and publications

To apply, email the Grant Fund Committee Chair with your completed application, compiled as a single pdf document, including:

  1. A completed application form
  2. An itemized budget showing how funds will be spent
  3. A one-page curriculum vitae including
    1. All degree infor mation
    2. Recognition, funding and awards
    3. Related work history – TAships, research-related jobs, consulting, etc.
    4. Up to five of your most significant and/or relevant publications
    5. Synergistic activities – committee involvement, editorial positions, outreach, e tc.
  4. A 1,000 word (max) description of the research project, including hypothesis, objectives, methodology, rationale, significance of research and financial need. Literature cited does not count in the word limit. See the "Criteria Form" for details about how proposals will be ranked.
  5. A letter of support from your major advisor explaining your research abilities, the significance of the research, and the extent to which the award would facilitate the work's completion.

Completed applications must be received by 5pm EST April 1st.  Late applications will not be considered.

If for some reason you cannot submit an electronic version of your application, please contact the Grant Committee Chair well in advance of the deadline for other options!

Submit applications to:

Toby Daly-Engel
Chair, AES Grant Fund Committee

E: tdalyengel@uwf.edu