AOS & BC 2022 Student Presentation Awards Competition

Guidelines & Application Link

Applications are due by Sunday, 1 May 2022 at 11:59 p.m. (ET) through the AOS Member Portal.

Both the American Ornithological Society (AOS) and BirdsCaribbean (BC) will be giving Student Presentation Awards for oral presentations and posters as part of the 2022 joint conference. AOS will be giving 10 awards, and BirdsCaribbean will be giving one award, the Founders’ Award for “Best Student Paper in Conservation or Management Research” pertaining to the Caribbean region. Students can submit applications to indicate their interest in participating in a competition, either for awards given by AOS and/or for the award given by BC. Note that submission of this application does not guarantee participation in the competition. All students who submit applications will be notified of their competition status prior to the beginning of the conference.

Eligibility & Selection

Before submitting your application, please review the following links for more information on the Student Presentation Award competition, including eligibility requirements, and the number and variety of awards being given by each society.

As much as we would like to allow all students meeting these guidelines to participate in the Presentation Award competition, there simply is too much demand, requiring us to limit participation. To that end, we remind applicants that there is a lifetime participation cap, where students can only participate in the AOS Student Presentation Award competition three times during their career and students can’t participate more than two years in a row (i.e., there must be a minimum 1-year gap if a student has participated in two consecutive years). The lifetime cap extends to all stages of education (e.g., undergrad to Ph.D.) and is irrespective of long temporal breaks between educational stages. Note that the cap is on participation in the competition, not necessarily winning an award. Students can only win one presentation award from AOS in their lifetime. 

The Student Presentation Award Committee may still need to reduce the number of applicants after this self-selection process, due to judge availability and scheduling logistics. Based on feedback from the AOS student membership, if the Student Presentation Award Committee needs to reduce the number of applicants, we will do so based on experience within each degree stage – i.e., late stage Master’s or Ph.D. students will be chosen over first and second year students in Master’s or Ph.D. programs, respectively. We hope that this approach will ensure that students nearing completion of their degree will be prioritized for the opportunity to participate.

Students will be informed of the outcome of the selection process prior to the beginning of the 2022 conference. Students should not assume that they are participating in the Presentation Award Competition simply having filled out the application.


The Student Presentation Award Committee attempts to make the judging of student presentations equitable, objective, and ultimately helpful to students. In 2022, AOS and BC will use a single, combined judging system. Judges are recruited from a large pool of (non-student) conference participants. We will do our best to recruit judges in a way that will allow us to accommodate presentations given in either English or Spanish. Each student presentation is anonymously evaluated by approximately 3 judges. Judges are required to declare conflicts of interest so that students can be judged fairly and impartially. Judges rate and rank each student presentation according to the following criteria:

  • Originality
  • Scientific Merit
  • Presentation Quality
  • Student Knowledge

After judging, all scores are compiled and organized, and judges along with the Student Presentation Award Committee decide on award winners and runners up. 

Regardless of award status, all students participating in the Student Presentation Awards Competition will receive via email a compilation of constructive written feedback from the judges that evaluated their presentation. Year after year, many students claim that this feedback is the greatest reward for participating in the competition.


For questions regarding Student Presentation Awards, please contact the appropriate representatives by email using the subject line: 

“AOS & BC Student Presentation Awards – Inquiry Regarding ______________”

For AOS Student Presentation Awards

Morgan Tingley: mtingley[at] and Jen Walsh: jlw395[at]

For BC Student Presentation Awards

Lisa Sorenson: Lisa.Sorenson[at]

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