Awards

Founder’s Award

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 $10,000) 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 or Kurt Milton Pickett Intercontinental 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).

Submit your application (including two letters of recommendation) to Pablo A. Goloboff (pablogolo (at) csnat dot unt dot edu dot ar) by December 31st each year.

Student Presentation Prizes

The Willi Hennig Society awards up to three student prizes for presentations at each annual meeting. Awards will only be conferred if a majority of judges agree that a presentation is worthy of such recognition (none of these awards must be awarded at any given meeting).

The Willi Hennig Award – US $3000

  • normally awarded for the best oral presentation by a student at the annual meeting

The Lars Brundin Award – US $1500

  • normally awarded for the next best oral presentation by a student at the annual meeting

The Don Rosen Award – US $1000

  • normally awarded for the best poster presentation by a student at the annual meeting, unless judges agree that no poster is as worthy of recognition as any of the oral presentations, in which case the Rosen Award may be awarded for a third-best oral presentation by a student.

All awards are made in cash at the annual meeting banquet.

Student Travel Awards

Marie Stopes Award

  • Students who travel from within the same continent where the meeting takes place will receive US $600 each.

Kurt Milton Pickett Intercontinental Award

  • Students who travel from outside the continent where the meeting takes place will receive US $1,200 each.

Applicants will either present an oral presentation or poster at the annual meeting and are currently graduate students or have recently finished their Ph.D. (at most during preceding calendar year of the meeting).

Complete applications consist of a CV, a travel budget to justify the proposed expenses, and a title and abstract (not to exceed 500 words) of the oral presentation or poster to be presented at the meeting. Furthermore, applicants need to arrange for their major advisor to certify current status in a separate email to the chair of the Student Travel Award Committee. Incomplete and late applications will not be considered. Awards will be announced approximately two weeks after the application deadline.

Submit your application to the chair of the Student Travel Award Committee, currently Torsten Dikow (DikowT at si dot edu), in a single PDF document. The application deadline will often coincide with the meeting registration deadline (approximately two months before the meeting), but the Meetings web-site for details.

All awards are made in cash at the annual meeting banquet.

All registered students (whether Stopes/Pickett awardees or not) receive a free ticket to the Society’s banquet!

Child Care Meeting Award

The Willi Hennig Society has established child care support for annual meeting attendees who give an oral presentation in 2018. Up to US $10,000 are available annually with a limit of US $1500 to each awardee. The funds can be used to help defray travel cost to the meeting or on-site child care at the meeting venue.

Complete applications consist of a CV, a short summery outlining the need for child care support (not to exceed 500 words), and a title and abstract (not to exceed 500 words) of the oral presentation to be presented at the meeting. Awards will be announced approximately two weeks after the application deadline.

Submit your application to Torsten Dikow (DikowT at si dot edu) in a single PDF document. The application deadline will often coincide with the meeting registration deadline (approximately two months before the meeting), but see the Meetings web-site for details.

All awards are made in cash at the annual meeting banquet.