||Wilson Ornithological Society
Programs & Services for Students
In addition to general support for ornithologists through support of organizations such as the Ornithological Council and its web site BIRDNET, the Wilson Society prides itself on maintaining a strong focus on early career ornithologists and students. Listed here are some of the programs relevant for students.
Students at all levels with interests in ornithology and birds are welcome to attend and participate in annual meetings of the WOS. As noted below, the WOS recognizes student partipation through travel and presentation awards; we are the only major ornithological society with presentation awards designated for undergraduates. We strive to make our meetings personal, supportive, rewarding ... and fun.
Our site provides details about many graduate programs in North America at universities whose faculties include ornithologists.
- Louis Agassiz Fuertes Award: The Wilson Society's most prestigious research award is
available to all ornithologists, although graduate students and young
professionals are preferred. Any avian research is eligible. Two
awards of $2500 are given.
- George A. Hall / Harold F. Mayfield Award: This award is limited to independent researchers
without access to funds and facilities available at colleges,
universities, or governmental agencies, and is restricted to
non-professionals, including high school students. Any kind of avian
research is eligible. One $1000 award is given. Formerly known as the Margaret
Morse Nice Award
- Paul A. Stewart Awards: Preference will be given to proposals for studies
of bird movements based on banding, analysis of recoveries and
returns of banded birds, with an emphasis on economic ornithology. Up
to eight awards of $500 are given annually.
Call for proposals, including details about eligibility and application form (annual deadline: 1 February)