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AOS Student Presentation Awards

Congratulations to the winners of the 2018 AOS Student Presentation Awards!

Each year, the American Ornithological Society (AOS) confers several prestigious awards to students (primarily undergraduate, masters, and doctoral) who present an outstanding poster or oral paper at the society's annual meeting. The awards consist of a $500 honorarium.

Deadline for 2019 cycle applications is 15 February 2019 at 5:00 PM EST (Applications will be accepted beginning 15 October 2018). 

Application deadlines and procedures for the Student Presentation Award competition are the same as for the Student and Postdoctoral Travel Awards competition. Individuals wishing to be considered for a Student Presentation Award must indicate their interest when submitting their abstract for the general scientific sessions. The online abstract submission form includes an option to indicate interest in being considered for a student presentation award. Answering this question, in addition to completing the rest of the abstract submission form, will serve as the individual's application to the Student Presentation Award competition.

For questions regarding Student Presentation Awards, contact the Committee Chair, Morgan Tingley, via Please designate the subject line as the following: "AOS Presentation Awards - Inquiry Regarding ____"

The AOS Awards committees strive to develop a balanced annual slate of nominees that represent the Society and includes the diversity of its members.



The AOS student presentation awards:

  • Nellie Johnson Baroody Award
  • Robert B. Berry Student Award
  • Mark E. Hauber Award
  • A. Brazier Howell Award
  • Frances F. Roberts Award
  • AOS Council Awards

The Baroody, Howell, Roberts, and Council awards are given for the best presentation on any topic in ornithology. The Berry award is given for the best oral presentation on a topic pertaining to avian conservation. The Hauber award is given for the best oral presentation on avian behavior.


To be eligible, students must be:

  • A member of AOS. Students who are not members currently are encouraged to join!
  • Sole presenting author of a poster or oral paper presentation. Students giving 15-minute talks as part of a symposium are eligible, but those giving longer talks in a symposium are not eligible.
  • A full-time or recently graduated student (including undergraduates). Students graduating the semester prior to the meeting are eligible for presentation awards.

Awards are based on the quality of research and presentation. Preference is given to students in the final phases of completing their research, as opposed to those presenting preliminary findings. Students must apply to be eligible for a presentation award, and can apply for both a presentation award and a travel award in the same year. Students may receive only one presentation award from AOS per lifetime. All applicants must submit a regular scientific abstract through the Member Portal.




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