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.
Annual Meeting Awards
Students presenting at the Annual Meeting are eligible to receive awards if they are named best presentation in their category or honorable mention. The number of categories varies based on student participation but the Best presentation in each category receives a cash award of $50, and a 1 year membership in CERF. Honorable mention winners in each category receive a 1 year membership in CERF.
Student Travel Grants
The ‘Quammon Fund’ was established at PERS in memory of Dr. Millicent Quammon, in 1990 at the request of her colleagues and is used to fund all of the annual PERS student travel awards. Recently with others expressing an interest in donating in memory of others we renamed the fund to Student Travel Fund and the individual awards will be presented in memory of the chosen person. Anyone can give a donation in memory/ in honor of an individual and at the time it is awarded the recipient will receive their award in the name of that person.
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.
Student Travel Grant Form
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 Fund
The Student Research Fund was originally founded in memory of Pete Eldridge to support student research in the estuarine sciences. Recently with others expressing an interest in donating in memory of others we renamed the fund to student research fund and the individual awards will be presented in memory of the chosen person. Anyone can give a donation in memory/ in honor of an individual and at the time it is awarded the recipient will be receive their award in the name of that person.
Grants are for up to $250.00 awarded at the annual meeting of PERS with a maximum of 3 awarded each year. Note that 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
Current PERS member
Attend a university in the PERS region
Pursue a course of study involving estuaries or nearshore systems in the Pacific Northwest.
Please submit the following materials:
> A cover letter
> A completed Grant Application – Link to Form
> A statement of academic objectives and how the Research funds will help you achieve them (maximum of 2 pages)
Please email your completed packet to our secretary: Adrienne Stutes at firstname.lastname@example.org, she will distribute a copy to each of the review committee members.
Deadline for submission is May 15th,2016 to be considered for the award in 2016. Awards will be announced mid June.