As part of our commitment to the continued study of mollusks, the Western Society of Malacologists with sponsorship from the San Diego Shell Club and former Northern California Malacozoological Club announces the availability of grants to support student research in malacology. Funds can be used for actual research costs, including but not limited to, field and laboratory equipment, chemicals, photographic supplies, computer time and supplies, microscope usage fees, and for research travel costs.
To qualify you must be a full time student in a formal graduate or undergraduate degree program. There are no citizenship or affiliation restrictions and students from all countries are eligible. The thesis, dissertation, or research project must be focused primarily on the systematics, biology, ecology, physiology, biochemistry, or paleontology of marine, terrestrial or freshwater mollusks in western North America. We will consider Research currently in progress or beginning in the 2010-2011 academic year.
Membership in the Western Society of Malacologists is not required but is certainly encouraged and students receive a discounted rate. Award recipients are also encouraged to present their research at a subsequent WSM meeting. Abstracts are published in the WSM Annual Report.
Awards of up to US $1,000.00 are available.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Completed applications must be received no later than MAY 1st 2010. NO exceptions. Please apply early and avoid the deadline rush.
Awards will be announced during the 43nd Annual Meeting of the Western Society of Malacologists, at San Diego June 26- July 1, 2010 (technical sessions June 26-30, field trip July 1), http://biology.fullerton.edu/wsm/conferences.html for additional information.