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Student Grants and Awards

PERS offers a variety of Student grants and awards. Supporting student research and encouraging their success has long been a focus of our group, please find below the various ways that PERS supports our student members.



Student Travel Grants

The ‘Student Travel Fund’ was originally established at PERS in memory of Dr. Millicent Quammen, an estuarine scientist whose studies on the ecology and function of wetlands were instrumental in guiding management and restoration design.   The fund was recently renamed to simply Student Travel Fund to better reflect the diversity of sources for funding to help our students with their travel needs.


PERS Annual Meeting Travel Grant

Student presenters at the Annual PERS Meeting are encouraged to apply for travel assistance to defray some of their expenses of attending.  Travel funds designated in memory of an individual will be given “In honor/memory of” that individual and on the travel award it will indicate who the funds were given in memory of/in honor of.

Heinle Award

One of our student awards has been given a very special name: the best overall graduate student presentation award was established in 2002 as the ‘Heinle Award’, in memory of Dr. Don Heinle, an estuarine ecologist who was always so supportive of students. Probably anyone who went to PERS meetings in the past remembers Don listening intently to the student presentations and asking questions with good and supportive interest. The Heinle Award is up to $500 in support for the winning student to travel to a subsequent CERF national meeting.

Student Research Grants

Grants are for up to $250.00 awarded at the annual meeting of PERS with a maximum of 3 awarded each year. Note that Student Research funds are disbursed to the sponsoring institution not to the students directly. Applicants will need to contact the Office of Research (or equivalent) at their institution to approve the application and complete the grant administrator section.


Student in either an MS or PhD program and completes the application packet
Current PERS member
Attend a university in the PERS region
Pursue a course of study involving estuaries or nearshore systems in the Pacific Northwest.

If you make a paypal donation please note your choice of funds in the Message to Seller box.  If you mail a donation please include a note as to which fund you would like the donation to go too.  We will also use the information to send  you a tax-deductible receipt.  If you would like to read a bit more about any of our members included on the list please see the “In Memory of” page

Funds designated as the following will be awarded as:

Millicent Quammen – Millicent Quammen Travel Award

Don Heinle – CERF Travel Award better known as the Heinle Award

Pete Eldridge – Pete Eldridge Research Award

Bob Emmett – Bob Emmett Travel Award or Research Award

If  you choose to donate in memory/ in honor of someone else you may designate either travel or research.

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If you prefer to pay by check then send a donation to:

Pacific Estuarine Research Society
c/o Jeannie Gilbert
2717 W Maplewood Ave
Bellingham, Wa 98225

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