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MWBWG Awards and Scholarships

The Midwest Bat Working Group accepts nominations and applications for several awards leading up the annual meeting.


Dave Redell Lifetime Achievement Award

This award honors an individual who has demonstrated an exemplary, long-term commitment to promoting and preserving bats in the Midwest through research, conservation, education, or other creative projects. Any MWBWG member from Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, or Wisconsin is eligible to be recognized.

To nominate an individual for this award, submit a letter of nomination that describes their achievements and details why this individual should be considered. Letters of nomination should be submitted to Jocelyn KarskThe award will be presented at the annual MWBWG meeting.


John O. Whitaker, Jr. Student Travel Award

The Midwest Bat Working Group offers two student travel awards, one for an undergraduate student and one for a graduate student. These awards are intended to promote student attendance at the Midwest Bat Working Group Meeting by offsetting the cost of attendance. Each award includes registration to the annual meeting, annual MWBWG membership dues, and a $200 stipend to assist with travel costs to the meeting.

Currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to apply. Students should apply by filling out the nomination form, including a brief (300-words or less) essay answering the provided question.

Nomination forms are typically requested 1-2 months prior to the annual MWBWG meeting each year.

Best Student Presentation and Best Student Poster Awards

Students presenting a poster or talk during the annual MWBWG meeting are qualified to compete for the best student presentation or best poster award. Student awardees receive $150 and a certificate of achievement. Awards are given during the last day of the annual meeting.

MWBWG is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization

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