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AOS Student Presentation Awards
In 2016, AOU and COS partnered with five other ornithological societies to host the North American Ornithological Conference (NAOC VI) in Washington, D.C. on August 16-20. Student presentation awards for all societies participating in the student presentation competition were determined by a joint committee comprised of representatives from the sponsoring societies.
That historic meeting also resulted in the merger of the two societies into the American Ornithological Society (AOS). Presentation awards offered by AOU and COS were merged into a single set of awards for students who present an outstanding poster or oral paper at the annual meeting.
AOS offers eight awards:
- Nellie Johnson Baroody Award
- Robert B. Berry Student Award
- Mark E. Hauber Award
- A. Brazier Howell Award
- Frances F. Roberts Award
- 3 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.
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 meeting website.
To be eligible, students must be:
- A member of AOS. Students who are not members currently are encouraged to join!
- Sole or lead 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.
Application deadlines and procedures for the Student Presentation Award competition are the same as for Student Travel Awards.