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  • SCO Student Awards

    Melanie Colón

    The SCO-SOC administers 3 student research awards:

    The Taverner Awards

    The James L. Baillie Award

    The Fred Cooke Award

    Applicants must be SCO-SOC members to be eligible (Note: Membership is based on the calendar year so will expire on December 31st of the year in which you register, while registration after October 1st will be valid through December 31st of the following year. Multi-year memberships will be treated similarly, expiring on December 31st of the last year for which you register.)

    A single application can be made to apply for all 3 types of student research awards. Download the  application form (including instructions) for the 2020 awards.

    Application deadline is 2 March 2020


    Applications should be emailed to:
    Dr. Nicola Koper
    Chair, SCO-SOC Student Awards Committee
    Natural Resources Institute, University of Manitoba
    Winnipeg, MN R3T 2M6
    E-mail: Nicola Koper (nicola.koper@umanitoba.ca)



    Taverner Awards are offered by the SCO-SOC to honour Percy A. Taverner and to further his accomplishments in increasing the knowledge of Canadian birds through research, conservation, and public education.  The awards are aimed at people with limited or no access to major funding, regardless of professional status, who are undertaking ornithological work in Canada.  Two awards of up to $2,000 each are made annually.


    The James L. Baillie Student Research Award is open to any student conducting ornithological research at a Canadian university.  It honours the memory of James L. Baillie and shall be for research that is consistent with the objectives of the James L. Baillie Memorial Fund. These are to support: studies of Canadian birds in their natural environment; projects which contribute to preservation of birds; and projects which disseminate knowledge of birds. The James L. Baillie Student Research Award is funded by Long Point Bird Observatory / Bird Studies Canada from proceeds of the Baillie Birdathon, and is administered by the SCO-SOC. One award of up to $2000 is made annually.


    The Fred Cooke Student Award is offered jointly by the SCO-SOC and Bird Studies Canada to honour the contributions of Professor Fred Cooke to Canadian ornithology by supporting ornithological conference travel or research activities by a student at a Canadian university.   The award shall be open to any student conducting ornithological research at a Canadian university, except that previous recipients of the award shall not be eligible.  The award shall be for travel to ornithological conferences at which the student will make an oral or poster presentation, or research in any aspect of ornithology anywhere in the world. One award of up to $1000 is made annually.

    Edited by Melanie Colón

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