Stoye Awards of the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists recognize the best student oral presentations in the following categories:
- General Ichthyology includes, but is not limited to, morphological and molecular systematics, techniques in systematics, zoogeography, paleontology, and faunal descriptions.
- General Herpetology includes, but is not limited to, morphological and molecular systematics, techniques in systematics, zoogeography, paleontology, and faunal descriptions.
- Genetics, Development, and Morphology includes, but is not limited to, population genetics, mitochondrial DNA analysis, comparative embryology, heterochrony, descriptive and experimental development, comparative and evolutionary morphology, functional morphology, and biomechanics.
- Ecology and Ethology includes, but is not limited to, population and community ecology, life history strategies, descriptive, and experimental ethology, behavioral ecology, neuroethology, and ecomorphology.
- Physiology and Physiological Ecology includes, but is not limited to, comparative and experimental physiology, biochemistry, sensory, and behavioral physiology and endocrinology.
- Conservation includes, but is not limited to, conservation biology, conservation policy, management, and restoration.
The announcement of the Stoye Awards are made during the Annual Business and Awards Meeting. We urge all student competitors to attend the meeting.
To be eligible for either Stoye Awards, a student must:
- Be the presenter and lead author (multiauthored presentations are allowed);
- Be a member of ASIH;
- Indicate a desire to be considered when submitting an abstract (see "Submitting Abstracts");
- Meet the ASIH criteria for "student": "an individual who at the time the paper is given ... is the equivalent of a full-time student (... an individual who is devoting their major efforts to a formal program of studies) or who has satisfactorily completed a thesis or dissertation defense during the previous 12 months."
Stoye presentations are judged by the following criteria: introduction; methods; data analysis and interpretation; conclusions - innovation, originality and scientific significance; presentation; and visual aids or graphic design. The rating scale is 0-10 points: excellent (9-10), very good (7-8), good (4-6), fair (2-3), poor (0-1).