April 15 each year (but May 15, 2014)
This research award, in honor of our Founder J. S. Farris, will fund parsimony-based research on systematics by graduate students. Applicants must be already enrolled at a university, and well into their thesis research. The research must be either:
- theoretical/methodological on the basics and fundamentals of parsimony analysis, or
- high-quality empirical research using parsimony in novel and creative ways.
Up to three awards (together totaling no more than US $4,000) will be given every funding period (lower budget projects may increase chances of being funded). Recipients are strongly encouraged to attend the annual meeting within two years of funding, whereupon registration fees will be waived and the recipient will be eligible for a Marie Stopes travel award. Submission of the resulting work to Cladistics is expected. Society membership is not required.
The funds may be used for thesis-related fieldwork or museum visits, for equipment, or for other expenses not easily funded by grants for graduate students. Money is not to be spent on bench fees, meetings, nor tuition fees (nor on stipend except in unusual circumstances).