The Student Diversity and Inclusion Award provides assistance to students from historically underrepresented minority groups. Awardees will receive tailored professional development training, mentorship, and networking opportunities, as well as one year of membership to the Society. They will also receive significantly discounted registration and housing to attend the annual Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists.
To be eligible for a Student Diversity and Inclusion Award, applicants must fill out the application (coming soon) and demonstrate that they:
- Have a keen interest in the scientific study or management of fishes, or amphibians, and/or reptiles (to be described in your application essay);
- Are an undergraduate or graduate student with the support of a faculty advisor (at a US university/college);
- Are a member of a historically underrepresented group (as identified in the application materials),including but not limited to ethnic/racial minorities and people with LGBTQ+ identities).
The ASIH Student Diversity and Inclusion Award Committee (including members currently serving on the Diversity Committee) will evaluate applicants with guidance from MinorityPostdoc.org, an organization specializing in improving diversity in the sciences.
Application essays and photos of awardees will be posted on the Society blog and newsletter with the consent and input of the awardee. Awardees will be strongly encouraged to participate in online discussions related to professional development training and networking. Awardees will also be required to attend the annual JMIH meeting if held in the U.S. mainland the year of receipt.