Stu Innes Award: Call for Applications

Stu Innes Award: Call for Applications

On May 21, 2000, the world of marine mammal research lost two talented scientists and cherished colleagues, Stuart Innes and Malcolm Ramsay.  Drs. Innes and Ramsay were conducting field research near Resolute Bay, Nunavut, Canada when their helicopter crashed.  Both Stuart and Malcolm are remembered with affection and admiration for their boundless energy and devotion to their scientific endeavours in the Arctic.

Stuart was a vocal advocate for supporting students in their efforts to develop a career in Arctic marine mammal research.  He believed that the Biennial Marine Mammal Conferences hosted by the Society for Marine Mammalogy were a good opportunity for young researchers to learn, network, and develop enthusiasm from the leaders in the field.  As a tribute to Stuart, friends and colleagues have established the “S. Innes Memorial Student Travel Bursary” to help support a student’s travel to this conference each time it is held.

The award is open to post-secondary students conducting marine mammal research in the Arctic.  Applications should consist of the following:

1.     The student’s name, affiliated institution, level (MSc or PhD) and year of study and CV

2.     Name and address of supervisor

3.     One additional reference

4.     The accepted abstract submitted to the 2015 Biennial conference

5.     400 words describing the project the award will contribute to, highlighting the direct benefits of the award.

A selection committee of Stuart’s colleagues will review the applications and select one winner.  The committee’s decision is final.  After the conference, a brief report should be submitted summarizing how the student benefited from the conference experience.  The award this year is $1000.00 USD.

Questions and applications should be sent by email to Lindsay Porter

Applications must be received by midnight 30 September 2015.