Student Awards

GeoHab’s Ron McDowell Student Support Award

Each year the organizing committee of the GeoHab conference awards a small number of travel grants to selected students to attend and present at the conference. The award in named in honor of the late Ron McDowell, a good friend, and supporter of GeoHab. The award comprises an amount towards costs of travel and accommodation, plus a waiver of the conference registration fee.

Applications for the student scholarship should not exceed four pages and must include the following information:

 Your brief curriculum vitae, specifying: 

a) type of degree (Ph.D., MSc, BSc) being undertaken
b) title of thesis (if applicable)
c) name of the University
d) name of supervisor
e) intended date of completion of degree
f) the estimated cost of a return trip from the place of residence to the conference venue (cheapest available economy airfare)

Covering letter, stating the motivation for applying and foreseen benefit of participating in the GeoHab conference (limit 1 page; less than 400 words).

Abstract of the presentation to be given at GeoHab if successful (Title, authors, affiliation, text of abstract. Please follow Abstract template, refer to Conference website).

 A letter of recommendation from your advisor is desirable, but not necessary.

 

Rules for entering GeoHab’s Ron McDowell Student Award

The GeoHab Ron McDowell Student Support Award is intended to cover/contribute costs of airfare and accommodation to allow the student to attend the annual GeoHab conference. Based on funds available and the merit of the application, the amount awarded to each student will be determined by the student scholarship selection committee. Some students may receive full funding, others partial funding.

Students will be notified individually of the amounts awarded to them. Payment of the award will occur at the GeoHab conference in the form of reimbursement, based on receipts for airfare, plus an amount towards accommodation costs.

Students will be reimbursed only for what they spend – if the airfare costs less than estimated they will be reimbursed only up to the amount spent on the airfare. If the airfare costs more than the amount of the award, students have to pay the extra amount.

 The sum awarded for accommodation will be based on the cheapest accommodation option available, as given on the GeoHab conference website.

Students are responsible for making their own travel and accommodation arrangements, reservations and bookings.

At the GeoHab conference, the student must present their work in person. It is not acceptable for the student’s supervisor or fellow students to deliver the presentation on their behalf. For fully funded students this must be an oral presentation. For partially funded students, this will be oral/poster at the discretion of the organizing committee.

 If for any reason the student is not able to travel or is unable to present their work in person, the award will not be given. Students should, therefore, ensure they have suitable travel insurance to cover their costs if they have to cancel (e.g., in the event of illness, etc.).

Students must register online for the GeoHab conference. No registration fee is required for any student in receipt of a GeoHab Ron McDowellStudent Support Award.

The award does not cover the cost of optional field trips or other conference activities that are not covered in the normal registration fee.

The student grant committee will evaluate the applications and make a decision usually by early-February, in time for submission of the final abstract and registration.

Students from the region where the previous GeoHab conference was held are given priority. However, all students are welcome to apply.

 The contact for the conference and other information on GeoHab are available on www.geohab.org

Applications must be emailed in PDF or MS Word format to the person specified on the conference website.

 

Winners of GeoHab’s Ron McDowell Student Award

2001 - St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada

Students Name
Type of degree
Title of Thesis
Name of University
Name of Supervisor

2002 - Moss Landing, California, USA

Students Name
Type of degree
Title of Thesis
Name of University
Name of Supervisor

2003 - Hobart, Tasmania

Students Name
Type of degree
Title of Thesis
Name of University
Name of Supervisor

2004 - Galway, Ireland

Students Name
Type of degree
Title of Thesis
Name of University
Name of Supervisor

2005 - Sidney, British Columbia, Canada

Students Name
Type of degree
Title of Thesis
Name of University
Name of Supervisor

2006 - Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

Students Name
Type of degree
Title of Thesis
Name of University
Name of Supervisor

2007 - Nouméa, New Caledonia

Students Name
Type of degree
Title of Thesis
Name of University
Name of Supervisor

2008 - Sitka, Alaska, USA

Students Name
Type of degree
Title of Thesis
Name of University
Name of Supervisor

2009 - Trondheim, Norway

Students Name
Type of degree
Title of Thesis
Name of University
Name of Supervisor

2010 - Wellington, New Zealand

Students Name
Type of degree
Title of Thesis
Name of University
Name of Supervisor

2011 - Helsinki, Finland

Students Name
Type of degree
Title of Thesis
Name of University
Name of Supervisor

2012 - Orcas Island, Washington, USA

Students Name
Type of degree
Title of Thesis
Name of University
Name of Supervisor

2013 - Rome, Italy

Sophie Barton
Myriam Lacharité
Alix Laferriere
Mary A. Young

Fees waived:
Jess Hillman
Vincent Lecours
Michelle Linklater
Bryony Pearce

2014 - Lorne, Australia

Rachel E. Boschen
Alexandra Davis
Massimo Di Stefano
Aaron Lim
Martina Pierdomenico
Katleen Robert
Paula A. Zapata-Ramirez

Fees waived:
Jennifer Durden

2015 - Salvador, Brazil

Whitney Goodell
Mariana Leon Perez
Michelle Linklater
Lissette Victorero
Matthew Rees
Maria Cristina Prampolini
Kirstin Meyer
Lucasz Janowski – R2 Sonic

2016 - Winchester, UK

Agno Assis
Romina Vanessa Barbosa
Stefano Fogarin
Vincent Lecours
Ben Misiuk
Jessica Tadhunter

2017 - Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada

Karen Boswarva (Scottish Association for Marine Science, UK)
Luca Fallati (University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy)
Jonathan Hendry (National Oceanography Centre, UK)
Leo Koop (Delft University of Technology, Netherlands)
Paula Lightfoot (Newcastle University School of Marine Science and Technology, UK)
Tabitha Pearman (National Oceanography Centre, UK)
David Price (National Oceanography Centre, UK)
Tom Rossiter (National University of Ireland Galway and the Marine Institute)
Elina Virtanen (Finnish Environment Institute, Finland)

2018 - Santa Barbara, California, USA

Sarah De Mendonça, Dalhousie University, Canada
Katherine Egan, University of the Virgin Islands, US Virgin Islands
Vanessa Fontes, Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil
Laura Kaikkonen, University of Helsinki, Finland
Ana Lavagnino, Unoversidade Federal Fluminense, Brazil
Alexandra Nyman, Åbo Akademi University, Finland
Talicia Pillay, Nelwson Mandela University, South Africa
Peter Porskamp, Deakin University, Australia
Beatrice Proudfoot, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada

Inken Schulze, Leibniz-Institute for Baltic Sea Research (IOW), Rostock, Germany [R2Sonic]