GSA Sessions and Scholarship Information

I’ve been a member of the Canadian Association of Palynologists for several years now, both as a student member and now as a member of the Executive. We are a small society but we have been very active over the past few years, hosting sessions at various conferences and producing a great (open access!) newsletter (back-issues here). Alwynne Beaudoin (who you may remember from an earlier post here) has also curated a fantastic website for CAP.

One recent initiative has been the creation of a graduate scholarship. The deadline is coming up, so please consider submitting an application:

The Canadian Association of Palynologists Annual Student Research Award was established in 2009 to recognize students’ contributions to palynological research. The award is open to any undergraduate or graduate student who is a member, in good standing, of CAP, regardless of their nationality or country of residence. The intent of the research award is to support student research with a strong palynological component. The award consists of a three-year membership in the Association and $300 CDN, to be put toward some aspect of the student’s research.
The application should consist of: 1) a one-page statement outlining the nature of the research project, its scientific importance, the approximate timeline to completion of the project, and the aspect of the research the funds would be directed toward; (2) a CV; and, (3) a letter of support from the student’s supervisor.

Applications may be submitted in French or English and should be submitted by email. Completed applications are due by March 1.

Applications or questions concerning the award should be sent to the CAP President, Dr. Francine McCarthy (fmccarthy[at]brocku[dot]ca), by March 1 2014.

From the CAP Website

In addition to the scholarship, CAP is also hosting a session at GSA 2014 in Vancouver, BC. The session, titled “Palynology in Geoarcheological and Environmental Studies” is one of the technical sessions that you will be able to submit to this year. Please consider it when you submit your abstract this year (deadline is July 29th!).


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Assistant scientist in the Department of Geography at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Studying paleoecology and the challenges of large data synthesis.

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