Student Travel & Presentation Awards

Deadline: 15 February 2009

Numerous student awards are available, including:

Student Travel Awards

Travel awards are available to help defray the cost of attending the COS annual meeting. Applicants must be COS members, and must present an oral or poster presentation for which they are the sole or lead author at the meeting (although they need not enter the student paper competition).  Award amounts vary depending on transportation costs and the number of students applying.  Typically, travel awards cover only part of the travel expenses, and do not cover meals, lodging or registration fees. 

NEW! Young Professional Award

The Young Professional Student Presentation Award recognizes early-career ornithological researchers for their outstanding contributions to ornithology.  Please see the Young Professional Awards page for more information.

Frances F. Roberts Award

The Frances F. Roberts Award is given for an outstanding paper presented at the annual meeting. This award comes with a cash award, one year paid membership in COS, and a book on some ornithological topic. Mrs. Roberts was a well known bird photographer and prominent member of the COS during the 1940s to1960s.

Board of Directors Awards

Up to two awards are given annually by the board to those students who present worthy papers or posters at the annual meeting and who do not win either the Frances F. Roberts Award or the Young Professional Award. These awards come with a cash award, one year paid membership in COS, and a book on some ornithological topic.

Award Application Procedures

Application deadline is 15 February; late applications will not be accepted. In addition to the award application materials described below, students also must submit standard abstract materials to the Program Coordinator to receive a place on the program. Submit only ONE student/young professional award application. Indicate on the cover sheet whether you are applying for a travel award, presentation award, or both. (See application instructions below.) To apply for either type of award, submit the following items via email (as a single .pdf  attachment) to Barbara Kus (

  1. Completed cover sheet (Microsoft Word Doc, 32kb)
  2. One-page curriculum vitae, including information on COS membership.
  3. An expanded abstract (double-spaced with 12-point font, 3-page maximum including any references, tables, and figures). The expanded abstract should state objectives, methods, major results, and scientific significance.
  4. A brief e-mail (one to three sentences) from the academic advisor stating that the applicant is a student in good academic standing.
  5. Students also must submit standard abstracts to the Program Committee Chair to receive a place on the program. (See conference web site for details.)

Applicants for Young Professional Award:

Questions may be directed to Barbara Kus ( or Rolf Koford (



Award criteria: