Student & Early Career Information

The Young Professional Award

The Cooper Ornithological Society presents The Young Professional Presentation Award (YPA) to recognize early-career ornithological researchers for their outstanding contributions to ornithology. Two awardees will be selected to present (~30 minutes each) at the Young Professional Award Plenary session held at AOU/COS/SCO 2014 meeting. In addition, the two awardees will receive a cash prize, travel support to the AOU/COS/SCO 2014 meeting, and will be the honorary guest at a reception attended by the COS president, officers, and the YPA committee. Candidates must be COS members and must have either 1) graduated within three years of the annual meeting or 2) at the time of the meeting be in the final phase of graduate studies (last 9 months). In addition, candidates must be sole author (or senior author, if the presentation is co-authored) of the presentation and are expected to be first author of published papers reporting the research. Applicants will be notified by 2 June, 2014. The Young Professional Award has a limit of one per person. View the previous YPA recipients at

To apply for the YPA for the AOU/COS/SCO 2014 joint meeting, submit the following items (as a single pdf attachment) via e-mail to Victoria J. Dreitz ( by 30 April 2014.

  1. 2-page curriculum vitae indicating graduation date
  2. A mini-paper of your research following the guidelines of ARTICLES submission outlined in Nature ( Body of text (abstract through discussion) should not exceed 1,500 words; literature cited, tables, figures, and figure captions are not included in the word count, but figures and tables are limited to 4 total.

Please see the conference website for additional information on the conference, awards, and other opportunities.