Graduate student travel awards: Southwestern Chapter (2010)

This year, the Southwestern Chapter has four travel awards ($500 each) available to students to support travel to the annual ESA Meeting in Pittsburgh. Awards this year will be made after the annual meeting. To apply for an award, students should submit their application (see below) by August 27, 2010. Successful applicants will be notified of their award by September 24, 2010.

Applications will be judged by SW Chapter elected officers. Criteria for the awards will be overall quality of the abstract and the degree to which the research reflects ecological issues relevant to the deserts of the American Southwest, although issues of general concern to the Western US will also be considered.

Please send applications, including all supporting material, by email (debpeter(at) to:

Dr. Debra Peters
Southwestern Chapter of the ESA
Research scientist, USDA ARS, Jornada Exp. Range
Las Cruces, NM 88003-0003 USA
Questions: call 575-646-2777 or send email to debpeter(at)

Applications need to consist of:

  • a copy of the abstract presented at the ESA annual meeting in Pittsburgh;

  • a cover letter from the student describing:
  • the nature, importance, and relevance of the research to issues in the American Southwest
  • interest and intent in joining the Southwestern Chapter
  • a letter of recommendation from the student's advisor.
  • This recommendation can be supplemented by other letters of reference from other faculty members or by members of the student's dissertation or thesis committee.
  • The deadline for receipt of applications is 27 August 2010.

Applicants must be the presenting author of a paper or poster that was presented at the ESA meeting in Pittsburgh. Applicants must be enrolled as graduate or undergraduate students at the time of their application. Students, co-authors, employees, and relatives of current section officers (or judges of applications) are ineligible for this award.