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  • Howard McCarley Student Research Award

    Melanie Colón

    The Howard McCarley Student Research Fund provides up to eight awards annually, up to $1000 each, to support student research. Applicants must be students (undergraduate or graduate) currently enrolled in an institution of higher education, sponsored by a faculty member, and a member of the Southwestern Association of Naturalists. Awards will be made in support of any aspect of research on biota of the southwestern United States, Mexico, and Central America, except for travel to meetings. Individuals may receive a maximum of two grants from the Association. All qualified students are encouraged to apply, especially those in developing countries.


    Only grant applications that adhere to the format described below will be considered. Two letters of recommendation must be submitted in support of the application. One must be from the research advisor and the second from someone familiar with the student's academic career and proposed research project. All materials must be received by the Chair of the Student Awards Committee no later than 1 February each year. Awards will be announced at the Annual Meeting of the Association. Grant applications may be in either English or Spanish.


    Prepare applications in the following format:



    Name of Student

    Institution, Department

    Status (Undergraduate, Masters , Ph.D.)

    Telephone, FAX, Email address of student

    Mailing address

    Education and Degrees (provide degree, institution, and dates of attendance)

    Pertinent Work Experience (provide job title, employer, location, and dates)


    Research Advisor

    Second Reference

    Do all aspects of this project meet standards of ethical care and treatment of organisms, and comply with acceptable field methods for studying these organisms? Have necessary permits been obtained, or have they been applied for?

    Project description: Include project title, dates, and location. Limit narrative to TWO single-spaced pages NOT including the literature cited section (font no smaller than 11 pt)

    Itemized budget (total not to exceed $1000)

    Additional support (provide amount, source, and status [requested or granted])

    Have you previously received a student research award from SWAN (if so, provide date and title)?


    Submit proposals and letters of support by 1 February, to Loren Ammerman, Chair of the Student Awards Committee, email: Loren.Ammerman@angelo.edu (preferred form of submission), Department of Biology, Angelo State University, San Angelo, TX 76909.

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