2022 Charles H. Turner Award
Call for Applicants
About the program: The Turner program aims to increase the long-term diversity of ABS membership by encouraging attendance at the annual ABS meetings by students who are members of groups traditionally under-represented in the sciences (including but not limited to students from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds, ability/disability status, gender diversity, economic background, etc.). The Turner Program is supported and coordinated by members of the ABS Diversity Committee.
This year's Charles H. Turner Program will engage students in professional development activities, cohort building, and identity tasks that will help students develop a career in animal behavior and celebrate the uniqueness of "Being a Turner.” Recipients of the Turner award will engage with the annual ABS conference as a faculty-mentored cohort of 12 peers. They will work one-on-one with mentors and facilitators, with peers, and in individual reflection to understand how networking with professional animal behaviorists, graduate education, and membership in the Animal Behavior Society may become part of their professional trajectory. Recipients of the Turner award will also receive financial support for travel, housing, and conference registration costs.
Eligibility: Applicants for the Turner award may be at any stage of their undergraduate career (not secondary school) or recently graduated, but may not have finished their undergraduate degree earlier than the end of the fall semester prior to the annual meeting covered by the award. We are recruiting students who intend to continue an animal behavior career in academia by applying to graduate school (MS or PhD) and students who wish to continue a post-baccalaureate career in animal behavior outside of academia (such as in industry, government, non-government organizations, and non-profits).
Application requirements: As part of the application process you will be asked to identify one individual with whom you have a professional relationship: they could be a mentor, a TA, or a faculty member with whom you have interacted, so long as they are familiar with your career goals and academic or research work. The Turner Program committee will ask the individual to answer a short set of questions about how the Turner Program may benefit you.This questionnaire takes the place of a formal letter of recommendation and will be submitted by the individual within one week of the application deadline.
We highly recommend that you review the entire form below before you begin entering your responses so that you are prepared to provide all of the requested information.
The deadline to apply is May 16, 2022.