Applicants must be members of ASIH and studying for an advanced degree. The award may be used for museum or laboratory study, travel, fieldwork or other activities that will enhance their careers and their contributions to the science of herpetology. Both merit and need will be considered.
Applications for the Gaige Award and letters of recommendation should be sent as PDFs (email attachments) to the Gaige Award Chairperson: Dr. Christopher Tracy,email@example.com. The application should consist of no more than two single-spaced, typewritten pages (12 point font, reasonable margins) and must include the following:
name, address, email address, and telephone numbers of the applicant;
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;
names, addresses and telephone numbers of two persons who have agreed to recommend the applicant and proposal (see below);
title of the proposed research;
a concise description of the proposed investigation including the general research objectives, hypothesis/question, and methods of study (see below);
sources and amounts of partial support for the research and pending applications for support and amounts from other sources;
a prioritized budget outline not exceeding the range of typical awards; and
a short statement of the way in which the award would be used to enhance research.
A Literature Cited section should be appended (this section does not count as part of the two page limit). In recent years, successful proposals were carefully prepared, well written, and complete with two letters of recommendation. Award-winning proposals had one or more clearly described central hypotheses/questions that were likely to be answered, at least in part, by completing the proposed research. Importantly, proposals that framed their specific questions within a broader biological context were consistently highly ranked.
Two letters of recommendation from persons familiar with the applicant and his or her research must be solicited by the applicant. One of these letters should be from the current major professor. Both letters should be from reputable scientists, preferably herpetologists, and should include statements concerning the following:
the competence of the applicant;
the significance of the applicant's research;
the desirability of and need for the funds being requested by the applicant.
The applicant should request that each letter be sent directly to the Gaige Award Chairperson in electronic form (pdf).
Because of limited funds, previous awardees requesting additional funding for the same or a similar project will be given lower priority than students who have not received Gaige funds.
The application and letters of recommendation must be received by the committee chairperson by midnight of 1 March 2015. Incomplete applications or lack of ASIH dues payment by this date disqualifies the application.