The Edward C. Raney Fund Award is presented annually in honor of Edward C. Raney (1909–1984). Raney was a leader among ichthyologists. He possessed a broad knowledge of the fishes of the world; his particular area of expertise was the fishes of the eastern United States. A member of the faculty at Cornell University, Dr. Raney authored over 75 papers dealing with the systematics, behavior, and ecology of fishes. He was an expert on aquatic environmental problems and served on numerous environmental advisory committees. He was a member of over 30 professional societies, and he served as Secretary (1948–1951) and President (1955–1956) of ASIH.
Applications are solicited for grants to be awarded from the Raney Fund for Ichthyology. These funds are used to provide support for young ichthyologists for museums or laboratory study, travel, fieldwork, or any other activity that will effectively enhance their professional careers and their contributions to the science of ichthyology.
Applicants must be members of ASIH and should be enrolled for an advanced degree. Applicants who do not meet these basic requirements may be considered for the award under exceptional circumstances if their careers are judged to be in a developmental stage. Individual awards are typically in the $400–$1000 range and will be awarded on basis of both merit and need.
Students will be notified of the status of their application by 31 May 2021, and the award checks will be issued by the Treasurer. Certificates and checks will be mailed to the winners before the Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists and will be announced at the Business and Awards Meeting in Phoenix, Arizona during the Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists.
Applications for the Raney Award and a letter of recommendation should be emailed to Dr. Misty Paig-Tran (empaig-tran [at] fullerton.edu). The application should consist of no more than two single-spaced pages in PDF format and must include the following:
- Name, address, email address, and telephone numbers of the applicant;
- Institutional affiliation;
- Academic degree being sought and the year of its expected completion, or highest degree and its date of award;
- Name of the applicant's current or most recent major professor;
- Title of the proposed research;
- Justification for the research;
- Concise description of research objectives and methods;
- Sources of partial support for the research and pending applications for support from other funds;
- Budget outline;
- Short statement of the way in which the award would be used.
A Literature Cited section should be appended and is not included in the two-page limit. Budget items should be listed as nearly as possible in order of priority. Applicants should attempt to keep the budget within the amount of available funds. In case the award must be less than the requested budget, the impact of eliminating part or all of any items should be clearly given.
The letter of recommendation from the applicant's current major professor should include statements concerning:
- Competence of the applicant;
- Significance of the applicant's research;
- Desirability of and need for the funds.
The applicant should request that the letter be sent directly to the Raney Award Committee Chair (Dr. Misty Paig-Tran, empaig-tran [at] fullerton.edu). The application and letter of recommendation should reach the Committee chair no later than 1 March 2021. Incomplete applications or lack of ASIH dues payment by this date disqualifies the application.