Best Student Paper Award

The Odum School of Ecology is soliciting papers for the annual Best Student Paper competition. Recognition will be for the paper judged to be the best published during the preceding year by an Odum School of Ecology graduate student. All ecology graduate students enrolled in a UGA graduate program at the time of submission are eligible; however for students in the M.S. degree program, papers can be submitted up to one year following the student’s graduation date. Persons submitting manuscripts must be the sole author or senior author if it is a multi-authored paper. Verification of the applicant’s contribution may be asked of the co-authors. Papers must be accepted for publication by a peer-reviewed journal, book, or book chapter and submitted in published form or, if not yet published, in the final revision accepted for publication. Documentation of manuscript acceptance is required. Institutional affiliation (the Odum School of Ecology, the Savannah River Ecology Laboratory, the Joseph Jones Ecological Research Center, or the Coweeta Hydrologic Laboratory) of the author must be identified in published papers or papers accepted for publication. Each applicant must include a paragraph on what he/she thinks is important about the submitted paper and what impact it might have on the field of study. Papers will be judged on the basis of originality, experimental sophistication, application to ecological principles, level of effort, and potential impact. There will be NO deadline waivers.

Submit entries by 5 p.m. on April 1 to Julie Gunby (gunby@uga.edu). Materials should be compacted into one pdf. document. Only one entry per person.

There will be one award of $400 and a certificate. The funds are not available until August and the recipient must be enrolled during that time. To be considered for the award, the nomination packet should include:

  1. A letter of submission addressed to awards committee indicating the importance of paper (see paragraph above);
  2. A copy of the paper;
  3. A brief (1-2) page CV.

Previous winners include:  Tad Dallas (2014), Dara Satterfield and Daniel Becker (2015), Daniel Becker (2016), Jeffrey Minucci and John Vinson (2017), Chao Song (2018)

The James E. Butler, Jr. Fellowships in Ecology

Columbus attorney James E. Butler, Jr. established the Butler Fellowships with a $1 million gift to the Institute of Ecology in 2006. A lifetime of experiences beginning with a love of fishing in Georgia’s rivers instilled in James Butler a deep regard for the environment. The fellowships that bear his name are for graduate students studying aquatic ecology, water quality and land use in Georgia and surrounding states. Each year the Odum School of Ecology in cooperation with the UGA River Basin Center awards a research assistantship to one incoming Masters student in Conservation Ecology and Sustainable Development, who is designated a “Butler Fellow.” The assistantship constitutes fall-spring funding (at 4/9 time) for two consecutive years. Applications are solicited annually through a nationwide advertisement, but applicants may also be nominated by any member of the graduate faculty of the Odum School of Ecology or faculty of the River Basin Center. Applicants should be interested in conducting applied research or policy analysis in the Southeastern US.

Distinguished Graduate Student Teaching Award

The Odum School of Ecology Distinguished Graduate Student Teaching Award was established in 1998 to recognize outstanding ecology student teaching assistants and is given each spring to students enrolled in the ecology graduate program. Any Odum School Faculty member (regular, adjunct, research) may nominate one person per year. The nomination packet should include:

  1. A letter specific and detailed stating why student should receive award;
  2. A brief (1-2) CV, and;
  3. Letter(s) from instructor(s) in charge of course(s) taught during award academic year.

The Odum School of Ecology’s Graduate Program Committee will select the winner(s) from the nominations. There will be one award of $200. The recipient will also have their name engraved on a plaque in the lobby and receive a certificate. The funds are not available until August and the recipient must be enrolled during that time.

Submit nomination materials by 5:00 p.m. on April 1 to Julie Gunby (gunby@uga.edu).

Previous winners include: Kristy McDowell (2014), Jenna Malek (2015), Kaitlin Farrell (2016), Elise Krueger (2017), Ania Majewska (2018)

Golley Memorial Scholarship

Born in Chicago, Frank Golley earned a bachelor’s degree in agriculture from Purdue University, a master’s degree in wildlife management from Washington State University, and a doctorate in zoology from Michigan State University. Dr. Golley was the director of the Savannah River Ecology Laboratory from 1962-1967, and director of the Institute of Ecology from 1968-1979. He was an internationally acclaimed leader in the field of landscape ecology. He also wrote over 40 books and chapters, and more than 150 papers on the fields of ecology, biology, social sciences and history. After over four decades at The University of Georgia, Dr. Golley retired in 2000. This award can be used in its full amount on research and travel if applied through the Odum School of Ecology, or can be distributed through your payroll (and taxed) if directly received. This money is not available until August in the year in which it is awarded, and the recipient must be enrolled during that time. The award amount is: $750. The Graduate Program committee will review all applications and make the final decision.

Submit nomination materials by 5:00 p.m. on April 1 to Julie Gunby (gunby@uga.edu).

Materials should be compacted into one pdf document. Only one entry per person. Applicants for this one-time monetary scholarship must meet the following criteria:

  1. Graduate student in  an Odum School of Ecology graduate program (master’s or doctorate);
  2. Good academic standing (3.0 Grade point average)
  3. Applicants should preferably have demonstrated leadership qualities

The nomination packet should include:

  1. Application;
  2. Applicant essay;
  3. A brief (1-2 page) CV;
  4. Faculty recommendation

Download application: Golley Memorial Scholarship

Previous winners include: Kimmy Kellett (2014), Kaitlin Karrell (2015), Wes Flynn (2016), Cecilia Sánchez (2017), Kelsey Solomon (2018)

Graduate Diversity Award in Ecology

The Graduate Diversity Award was created by now emeritus faculty member Dr. David Coleman to support diversity in the Odum School graduate program. This award has a significant monetary allotment and will be made available to the recipient at the beginning of the academic year for use toward research in the Eugene P. Odum School of Ecology. Applications should include:

  1. A one page (single-spaced) description of the proposed research;
  2. A brief (1-2 page) CV;
  3. A statement of your representation of diversity within the Odum School of Ecology

Upon accepting this scholarship the recipient will be expected to send a thank you letter to Dr. Coleman acknowledging their acceptance and appreciation of this award. You will need to be in attendance for Spring Fling to meet Dr. Coleman. This money is not available until August and the recipient must be enrolled during that time. The Graduate Program Committee will review all applications and make the final decision.

Applications should be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on April 1 to Julie Gunby (gunby@uga.edu).

Materials should be compacted into one pdf document.

Previous winners include: Dexter Strother (2013), Joseph Colbert (2014), Cecilia Sánchez (2015), Anya Brown (2016), Keysa Rosas-Rodriguez (2017), Kaylee Arnold (2018)

Meyer-Helfman Graduate Travel Award

The purpose of the Meyer-Helfman Graduate Travel Award is to support graduate student travel to meetings, conferences, or other activities (e.g., meeting with legislators or decision-makers) related to the intersection of science, public policy, and conservation, with preference given to students whose research focuses on aquatic ecosystems. Dr. Judy Meyer is Professor Emerita in the Odum School. Meyer’s research has focused on ecological processes that maintain water quality, on river and stream food webs, and on the impact of watershed disturbance and riparian zone management on river and stream ecosystems. Dr. Gene Helfman is Professor Emeritus in the Odum School. Helfman’s distinguished teaching and research career have focused on conservation of fishes, effects of land use on fishes, invasive species, and behavioral and ecological interactions and their impact on fish conservation. There will be up to two awards of $400 each.

Applications should be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on April 1 to Julie Gunby (gunby@uga.edu).

The Graduate Program Committee will review all applications and make the final decision. , and materials should be compacted into one pdf document. Applicants for this award must meet the following criteria:

  1. Graduate student in an Odum School of Ecology graduate program (master’s or doctorate);
  2. Good academic standing (3.0 grade point average).

The nomination materials should include:

  1. Application;
  2. Applicatant essay;
  3. A brief (1-2 page) CV.

Download application: Meyer-Helfman Graduate Travel Award

Previous winners include: David Manning and Kaitlin Farrell (2014), David Manning (2015), Katie Brownson (2016), Kaitlin Farrell and Chao Song (2017)

Robert A. Sheldon Memorial Award

The Robert A. Sheldon Memorial Fund was established in 1971 by a contribution from Dr. Joanne S. Sharpe in memory of her late husband, who was an outstanding graduate student in the Department of Zoology. This fund has traditionally supported field research for graduate students working away from campus. We will award a monetary award to one applicant that will be a reimbursement for travel or research supplies expenses. First priority will be given to a student who does not have alternative sources of funding. Applications should include:

  1. A one page (single-spaced) description of the proposed research;
  2. A brief (1-2 page) curriculum vitae;
  3. An overall budget, detailing intended use of the Sheldon funds, how they fit in with other, non-Sheldon expenses, and how other costs will be met;
  4. A statement from the student’s advisor confirming that other grant funds are unavailable to support the proposed work (this is NOT a letter of recommendation; PLEASE EMPHASIZE THIS TO YOUR ADVISOR). This letter should be included in the application and should not be sent separately.

There will be one award of $500. The funds are not available until August and the recipient must be enrolled during that time. The Graduate Program Committee will review all applications and make the final decision.

Applications should be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on April 1 to Julie Gunby (gunby@uga.edu).

Previous winners include: Sara Heisel (2014), Cara Love (2015), Molly Fisher (2016)

John Spencer Fellowship

This fellowship honors John Kyle Spencer, a graduate student in the Odum School of Ecology, who was an extraordinary individual loved for his humor, generosity, energy, enthusiasm, and kindness. John studied urban streams and was passionate about freshwater ecology, conservation and ecological restoration. The fellowship was created by his family and friends to honor John’s legacy by giving future students the opportunity to pursue a career in freshwater ecology conservation and management. Each year the Odum School of Ecology in cooperation with the UGA River Basin Center awards a research assistantship to one incoming Masters student designated a “John Spencer Fellow.” The assistantship constitutes fall-spring funding (at 4/9 time) for two consecutive years for either the MS in Ecology or the MS in Conservation Ecology and Sustainable Development (the latter is preferred). Applications are solicited annually through a nationwide advertisement, but applicants may also be nominated by any member of the graduate faculty of the Odum School of Ecology or faculty of the River Basin Center. Applicants should be interested in pursuing a career in management and conservation of freshwater ecosystems (including rivers, streams, and wetlands). Candidates are judged partly on academic qualifications and partly on their enthusiasm, energy, and passion for freshwater conservation, as expressed in their application essay.

Environmental Policy Award

The Odum School of Ecology Environmental Policy Award was established in 2000 to recognize outstanding contributions to environmental policy research and development by students and staff. Any Odum School of Ecology faculty member (regular, adjunct, research) may nominate one person per year. Because the award recognizes truly extraordinary work, the award will not necessarily be given each year. The nomination packet should include: a letter specific and detailed stating why student or staff member should receive award. a copy of the work product (thesis, publication, slide show, etc.) that is proposed to be recognized. The award will be judged on the basis of application of ecological principles, excellence of work product, professionalism, actual and potential impact, and level of effort. The faculty of the Odum School of Ecology who teach classes in environmental policy will select the winner(s) from the nominations. The award will consist of an engraved plaque to hang in the foyer of the ecology building and a framed certificate.

Submit nomination materials by 5:00 p.m. on April 1 to Laurie Fowler (lfowler@uga.edu).