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Student Awards Competition Guidelines

Graduate and undergraduate students are invited to present the results of their research in the platform or poster competitions NASBR Annual Meeting. Students must be the principle investigator of the research and listed as the first author. Papers and posters will be judged on their scientific merits and clarity of presentation. To enter the student awards competitions, students must register by checking the appropriate box on the abstract submission form before the abstract deadline. Please consider completing your entry and registration well before the deadline to avoid possible complications – no late entry to the student awards competition will be accepted. The competition is adjudicated by a panel of anonymous judges and all decisions of the judges are final. 

Student competition presentations will be on Thursday, the first day of the conference.  Students entering the competition are encouraged to review the evaluation forms as they prepare their presentations.

QUALIFICATIONS: A student may enter a platform paper in the student awards competition one (1) time during a given candidacy for a degree program (once as a bachelor's degree candidate, once as a Master's degree candidate, and once as Ph.D. candidate). Similarly, a student may enter a poster for student awards competition one (1) time during a given degree candidacy. Adherence to the one time per degree policy is by honor system. Students entering competition must acknowledge a statement on the registration form indicating that they affirm that they meet these qualifications.

Each award includes a certificate and a check for $500

Avinet Award
The best presentation, either oral or poster, and on any subject, by an undergraduate student. Students from primarily undergraduate institutions are particularly encouraged to enter the competition.

Basically Bats Wildlife Conservation Society Award
A poster on any subject.

Bat Conservation International Award
A platform paper on any aspect of the biology of bats.

Bat Research News Award
A platform paper on any aspect of the biology of bats.

Luis F. Bacardi Bat Conservation Award
Preferably given for an oral paper on ecology, behavior, reproductive biology, or conservation of plant-visiting bats.

NASBR Karl F. Koopman Award
A platform paper, usually given in the field of zoogeography or systematics.

Batgoods Award
A poster on any any aspect of the biology of bats.

Titley Scientific Award
An oral presentation on any aspect of the biology of bats, with preference given to novel applications or development of technology.

White-nose Syndrome Research Award
An award recognizing excellence in research on white-nose syndrome in bats, presented in poster form by graduate or undergraduate students. Sponsored by the Center for Bat Research, Outreach, and Conservation.

NASBR thanks the generous contributions of the sponsors above for encouraging undergraduate and graduate research on bats.

Congratulations to the NASBR 2023 Student Award Winners:

Titley Scientific Award

Julia Vrtilek (Social Bonding Causes Convergence of Contact Calls in Vampire Bats)

Bat Conservation International Award

Nina Garrett (Airborne eDNA Documents a Diverse and Ecologically Complex Tropical Bat and Other Mammal Community)

Karl F. Koopman Award

Pedro Mônico (Phylogenetic, Morphological, and Niche Differentiation Analyses Unveil New Species Limits for the Caribbean Big Brown Bat)

Journal of North American Bat Research Award

Dana Green (Inter- and Intra- specific Differences in Fur Cortisol Levels of Three North American Migratory Bats)

Luis F. Bacardi Bat Conservation Award

Lily Hou (Bats in Remnant Maternity Colonies Can Balance the Energetic Costs of White-nose Syndrome Healing and Recovery)

Avinet Award

Aleana Savage (Tolerance to Urban Light and Sound Driving Novel Habitat Colonization)

Wildlife Acoustics Award

Rene Lile (Bat Assemblage Change Following White-Nose Syndrome Establishment in the Black Hills of South Dakota) Award

Carly Trujillo (Impact of Biopsy Size and Bat Species on DNA Yields)

Basically Bats-Wildlife Conservation Society Award

Travis Bayer (Energy Landscapes and the Relationship Between Heart Rate and Accelerometry Metrics of Phyllostomus hastatus in Panama)

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