close-up of a tree frog, Hyla cinera, photo by JD Willson

Student Diversity and Inclusion Award

Award Announcement

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 a monetary prize ($500-$1000) to help cover registration, travel, and lodging costs for attending the annual Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists.

To be eligible for a Student Diversity and Inclusion Award, applicants must fill out the application 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).

Application essays of awardees may be made public on the Society website and newsletter, but recipients will retain sole autonomy to select what portions of their application to make public. Awardees will be strongly encouraged to participate in discussions (mostly online to facilitate including international awardees) related to professional development training and networking. Awardees will be required to attend the 2019 Joint Meeting in Snowbird, UT, from July 24-28, 2019.

To Apply

Applicants should submit the following to DiversityCommitteeASIH [at]

  • Current CV;    
  • The following lengths per section of the application are limits. Each section must be addressed in the application. Application essay which provides pertinent background information (1 page), current course of study (1/2 page), your plans/goals including any areas of your professional career that you would like to grow/improve (1/2 page), and a narrative of how you identify as an underrepresented person in science (1 page). Essay should be 12 pt font, single spaced, 1 inch margins;
  • A letter of recommendation from your faculty advisor that should address your potential for a career in the study of fishes, amphibians, and/or reptiles.

Applications are due by 5 P.M. U.S. Pacific Standard Time on Friday, March 8, 2019. Awardees will be notified of the decision by Monday, April 8, and will be considered members in good standing of the Society, with all the rights and privileges therein, for all of 2019.