The North American Symposium on Bat Research (NASBR) is an extremely student-friendly meeting. Below is a list of resources for students. If you know of other awards or scholarships that should be added to this page, please send an e-mail to webmaster at nasbr dot org.

Student Representatives:

As a graduate or undergraduate student, you have two NASBR Board Representatives at your service. They are there to bring your concerns or questions to the attention of the board. Also, if you ever have any questions about the NASBR meeting and want a friendly answer, these people are a great place to start.

Leanne Burns

Leanne Burns
Clemson University
e-mail leanneklb at gmail dot com

Kristen Lear

Kristen Lear
University of Georgia
e-mail klear at uga dot edu

The Roostmate Finder

To help students cut the costs of attending NASBR, the student representatives for NASBR maintain a bulletin board, where people can find others with whom to share a room at the conference.

Note that this website is not part of the NASBR website, and this service is not provided by the NASBR society. The society assumes no responsibility nor liability for any problems arising from the use of the roostmate finder website.

Looking for a roommate? For those who have a room and need a roommate; or if you are looking for a room to share, a link will be posted here before the bat meetings so you can find other people with complimentary needs.

Student Lunches with Bat Biologists

To help students network with scientists at NASBR, or to help them learn more about different career options, the student representatives for NASBR arrange lunch meetings between students and bat biologists during the bat meetings.

Funding to Help Students Attend the NASBR Meeting:

Southeastern Bat Diversity Network Student Travel Award

This award of up to US$500 is intended to help send a student to the NASBR meeting. The student must be an undergraduate or graduate student conducting research involving bats. Preference is given to students who are enrolled in a university or college within the Southeastern United States, particularly those doing research in the Southeastern US. The award is announced in the spring of each year with a deadline for applications generally falling during the summer (dates vary based on the due date for NASBR abstracts). See application details. To apply, contact Stephen Burnett (sburnett at clayton dot edu).

The Bernardo Villa Award

This award sends a Latin American student to NASBR, providing travel, lodging, banquet, and registration costs. To be eligible, applicants must be currently enrolled graduate or undergraduate students in a Mexican university, or must have graduated during the past year (i.e. since the end of the most recent NASBR meeting) from a Mexican university.

Any Latin American student enrolled in any Mexican University is eligible for the Bernardo Villa Award. The student can be conducting research anywhere in Latin America and the Caribbean, however those students with research emphases and applications in Mexico will be given priority.

Contact Dr. Jorge Ortega (artibeus2 at aol dot com) or Dra. Livia León (llp at ciencias dot unam dot mx) to apply.

Awards Available to Students at the NASBR Meeting:

Avinet Award

Sponsored by Avinet, this award recognizes the best presentation, either oral or poster, and on any subject, by an undergraduate student. Students from primarily undergraduate institutions are particularly encouraged to enter the competition.

Basically Bats Wildlife Conservation Society Award

Sponsored by Basically Bats Wildlife Conservation Society for a poster on any subject.

Bat Conservation International Award

Sponsored by Bat Conservation International for a platform paper on any aspect of the biology of bats.

Bat Research News Award

Sponsored by Bat Research News for a platform paper on any aspect of the biology of bats.

Karl F. Koopman Award

Sponsored by the North American Society for Bat Research for a platform paper, usually given in the field of zoogeography or systematics.

Luis F. Bacardi Bat Conservation Award

Sponsored by the Lubee Bat Conservancy and preferably given for a platform paper on ecology, behavior, reproductive biology, or conservation of plant-visiting bats.

Organization for Bat Conservation Award

Sponsored by the Organization for Bat Conservation for a poster on bat conservation.

Speleobooks Award

Sponsored by Speleobooks for a poster on any any aspect of the biology of bats.

Titley Scientific Award

Sponsored by Titley Scientific for a platform paper on any aspect of the biology of bats, with preference given to novel applications or development of technology.

Awards Available to Fund Student Bat Research:

Holohil Grant Program

The Holohil grant program supports research projects that have of high value for their species, a sound research design, and a positive conservation intention. We are proud to offer Holohil transmitters at a reduced (or no) cost to projects deserving of support.

Wildlife Acoustics Scientific Product Grant

The Wildlife Acoustics grant program supports bioacoustics research efforts from chiropteran, avian, terrestrial, amphibious and marine wildlife, to everything else in between.

Sigma Xi Grants in Aid of Research

The Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid of Research encourages close working relationships between students and mentors, the program promotes scientific excellence and achievement through hands-on learning. The program awards grants of up to $1,000 to students from all areas of the sciences and engineering. Designated funds from the National Academy of Sciences allow for grants of up to $2,500 for vision related research.

Western Bat Working Group: Bob Berry Fund

This scholarship provides various technology to assist in research (transmitters, detectors, etc.).

Western Bat Working Group: Dixie Pierson Memorial Fund

This scholarship consists of two $500 awards every other year. The goal of these awards is to defray travel costs and provide the opportunity for biologists to present their papers at the WBWG meeting.

The Bat Conservation International Scholarship

This scholarship of up to US$5,000 funds research aimed at bat conservation.

Lubee Bat Conservancy Small Grants (typically for Pteropodid conservation work)

Information here.

American Society of Mammalogists Grants in Aid of Research

Information here.

AMNH Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Grants

Information here.

The Animal Behavior Society Research Grants

Information here.

The Society of Systematic Biology

Information here.

EPA Star and GRO Fellowships

Information here.

Sigma Xi Grants in Aid of Research

Information here.

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