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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

The Midwest Bat Working Group is seeking nominations for the 2023 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. The award will be presented at the annual MWBWG meeting.

Letters of nomination should be submitted to Jocelyn Karsk (jkarsk@illinois.edu) by February 27, 2023. 


John O. Whitaker, Jr. Student Travel Award

The Midwest Bat Working Group is accepting applications for 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 will include:

  • 2023 Annual Meeting Registration
  • 2023 MWBWG membership fee waived
  • $200 stipend to assist with travel costs associated with attending the meeting

Currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to apply. Students should apply by filling out the nomination form, including a brief (400-words or less) essay answering the questions below.

Applications should be submitted to Marne Titchenell (titchenell.4@osu.edu) by February 27, 2023.




Major or Degree Program:

Undergraduate or Graduate student:


Phone number:

Please answer the following two questions in 400-words or less: What do you think bat biologists will be focusing on over the next 10 years (~200 words)? Why do you think attending the MWBWG conference is important (~ 150 words)? (This is the classic elevator speech; you don’t have much time, so how would you sum it up?)

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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