SWS-PNW offers student scholarships for 2012 meetings!

Here's a great conference funding opportunity directly from the Society of Wetland Scientists' Pacific Northwest chapter website:

The Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Society of Wetland Scientists would like to encourage student participation at our regional and national meetings. Currently, the chapter is sponsoring student participation at the International meeting in Orlando, Florida on June 3-8, 2012. The meeting is in conjunction with the Greater Everglades Ecosystem Restoration Conference and INTECOL 9. At this time, we would like to announce the availability of funds to assist students with the costs associated with traveling to/from the meeting to present results of their research. The next regional meeting is scheduled in September 2012 in Boise, Idaho. A $500 scholarship will be awarded for that meeting. Stay tuned for additional scholarship information in 2012. 

The Award: The PNW Chapter will make one award for the upcoming International meeting. The award includes meeting registration fee and a $1,000 cash stipend to help offset travel and lodging expenses. 

Eligibility: This competition is open to all currently registered, graduate and undergraduate students regardless of location. However, preference will be given to students within the PNW Chapter (Washington, Oregon, and Idaho). Students need to submit an abstract with their application. The deadline for abstract submittal for the international meeting is December 16, 2011

Deadline to receive student scholarship applications for the International meeting is February 29, 2012

To Apply: Submit proof of current student status (photo copy of a university ID or letter from academic advisor), a copy of your submitted SWS abstract, and a short (1-2 page) letter describing your studies, your career goals and why you would like to receive this award. Applications can be mailed or emailed to Dr. Ralph J. Garono (rgarono@earthdesign.com), c/o Lake Superior NERR, 14 Marina Drive, Superior, WI 54880 (541.757.7896). 

Selection: Awards will be made by the selection committee on the basis of the merit of each candidate and the quality of their SWS abstract. Decisions of the selection committee are final. The committee reserves the right to withhold the award if suitable candidates are not found or if funds are not available. The application is simple. This is an opportunity to meet and network with world renowned leaders in wetlands ecology. Don't delay - submit your talk or poster abstract for the International Meeting in Orlando, Florida by December 16, 2011!

As a past recipient of one of these awards, I'm very grateful that the Society's Pacific Northwest chapter continues to raise funds and offer these awards in support of outstanding students of wetland science and practice. Please pass this onto your friends, enemies, students and peers so a competitive applicant pool exists for both awards. If you happen to be in attendance at the 2012 PNW meeting in Boise, ID, you can also pick up an item or two from the silent auction to support this award.

While 2011 has come and gone, I still encourage fellow students and practitioners within the wetlands world to register as SWS members for 2012. Student rates are $55 and include hard copy delivery of Wetlands.
Phragmites at the Inland Sea Shorebird Reserve, UT

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