Eastern Kingbird
American Robin
Ring-necked Pheasant
Scarlet Tanager
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Ring-necked Duck
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Laughing Gull
Broad-winged Hawk
Belted Kingfisher
Black-crowned Night-Heron
Grasshopper Sparrow
Northern Shoveler
Purple Martin
Magnolia Warbler
Horned Grebe
Hooded Warbler
American Goldfinch
Hudsonian Godwit
Black-bellied Plover
Yellow-throated Warbler
Bay-breasted Warbler
Eastern Meadowlark
Hooded Merganser
Northern Parula
Northern Saw-whet-owl
Black-and-white Warbler
Horned Lark
Northern Harrier
Snowy Owl
Prairie Warbler

Call for Applications

Pennsylvania Society for Ornithology Student Research Grant

Deadline: March 31 Awardees will be notified by May 1

The Pennsylvania Society for Ornithology (PSO) is sponsoring up to two $500 student research grants in
support of research on Pennsylvania’s avifauna. We invite anyone to pass this news along to any students
involved in research, as well as any professors who could share this announcement with their students.

If selected, the student must travel to the PSO Annual Meeting to give a talk (~30 minutes) about their work,
AND/OR the student must submit an article to the Pennsylvania Birds journal, not more than two years after the
award of the grant, describing their study and findings to the PSO membership. The recipient will also be
awarded a one-year membership in the PSO.


The award is designed to provide support to either graduate or undergraduate students in pursuit of a
bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, or doctorate. The research should be conducted in support of a thesis or
dissertation and eventually published. The student’s academic institution does not need to be in Pennsylvania.
The field work does not need to occur in the Commonwealth, however, there is a preference for projects with
a Pennsylvania field work component.


Proposals will be judged for their scientific merit and the likelihood that the work will make a meaningful
contribution to our understanding of Pennsylvania avifauna.

Submissions must include the name of the student’s academic institution, the corresponding department at
the institution, the degree the student is pursuing, and the name of their academic or research advisor.

Research Proposal Document:

The body of the proposal should be a condensed version of the student’s thesis/dissertation proposal, not to
exceed 5 pages in length (not including any figures or tables). Please note whether Institutional Animal Care
and Use Committee approval has been or will be obtained.

Each proposal should include a section on how the results of the proposed study will be helpful to future
scientific understanding, conservation efforts, and/or land management implications.

Signed Letter indicating Student’s Advisor’s Approval:

In addition to the proposal document, each submission should include a brief, signed letter from the student's
academic advisor verifying that the applicant is a student in good standing, and that they are receiving the
advisor's support for the proposed project.

Submissions will be evaluated by a PSO committee. Submissions must be sent as pdf email
attachments by March31.


Please send submissions or questions to Deb Grove at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.