Frederick (Dick) and Helen Gaige Award

Gaige Fund Award Announcement - 2016

Gaige Awards are presented annually in honor of Frederick (Dick) and Helen Gaige, both of whom lived during the years 1890-1976. Dick Gaige, an entomologist, was also an avid herpetological collector and was director of the Museum of Zoology at the University of Michigan from 1928-1945. Helen Gaige was a herpetologist with an interest in Neotropical frogs. She served as herpetological editor of Copeia from 1930-1937 and as editor in chief from 1937-1950. This unsurpassed editorial service earned Helen the title of Honorary ASIH President for Herpetology in 1946. The Gaiges showed a lively interest in colleagues and students and, through their helpfulness to others, were a major influence in biology in the United States and on herpetology in particular.

Applications are solicited for grants to be awarded from the Gaige Fund. These funds are used to provide support to young herpetologists for museum or laboratory study, travel, fieldwork, or any other activity that will effectively enhance their professional careers by contributing to the science of herpetology.

Applicants must be members of ASIH and should be enrolled in an advanced degree program. Individual awards are typically in the range of $400-1,000, and will be awarded on the basis of both merit and need.

Applications for the Gaige Award and letters of recommendation should be sent as PDFs (email attachments) to the Gaige Award Chairperson: Dr. Cari-Ann Hickerson, chickerson [at] jcu [dot] edu. The application should consist of no more than two single-spaced, typewritten pages (12 point font, reasonable margins) and must include the following:

  • name, address, email address, and telephone numbers of the applicant;
  • institutional affiliation;
  • academic degree being sought and the year of its expected completion, or highest degree and its date of award;
  • name of the applicant's current or most recent major professor;
  • names, addresses and telephone numbers of two persons who have agreed to recommend the applicant and proposal (see below);
  • title of the proposed research;
  • a concise description of the proposed investigation including the general research objectives, hypothesis/question, and methods of study (see below);
  • sources and amounts of partial support for the research and pending applications for support and amounts from other sources;
  • a prioritized budget outline not exceeding the range of typical awards; and
  • a short statement of the way in which the award would be used to enhance research.

A Literature Cited section should be appended (this section does not count as part of the two page limit). In recent years, successful proposals were carefully prepared, well written, and complete with two letters of recommendation. Award-winning proposals had one or more clearly described central hypotheses/questions that were likely to be answered, at least in part, by completing the proposed research. Importantly, proposals that framed their specific questions within a broader biological context were consistently highly ranked.

Two letters of recommendation from persons familiar with the applicant and his or her research must be solicited by the applicant. One of these letters should be from the current major professor. Both letters should be from reputable scientists, preferably herpetologists, and should include statements concerning the following:

  • the competence of the applicant;
  • the significance of the applicant's research;
  • the desirability of and need for the funds being requested by the applicant.

The applicant should request that each letter be sent directly to the Gaige Award Chairperson in electronic form (pdf).

Because of limited funds, previous awardees requesting additional funding for the same or a similar project will be given lower priority than students who have not received Gaige funds.

The application and letters of recommendation must be received by the committee chairperson by midnight of 1 March 2016. Incomplete applications or lack of ASIH dues payment by this date disqualifies the application.

Students will be notified of the status of their application by 1 May 2016 and the award checks will be issued by the Treasurer.  The certificates will be presented during the Annual Business Meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana during the Centennial Meeting of the ASIH.

Gaige Fund Award List

2016

  • Bennett Hardy
  • Clay Noss
  • Amanda Wilson Carter
  • Sean Harrington
  • Christopher Robinson
  • Brian Waldron
  • Sara McClelland
  • Milinda Thompson
  • Amanda Cicchion
  • Alex Shepach
  • Nicole White
  • Vanessa Young
  • Jennifer McKenzie
  • Rachel Wilson

2015

  • Clare Adams - $500
  • Michael A. Carlo - $500
  • E. Anne Chambers - $500
  • Kristin L. Charles - $500
  • Andrew Frank - $500
  • Tyler D. Hoskins - $500
  • Eric J. Gangloff - $500
  • Gillian C. Larson - $500
  • Marta P. Lyons - $500
  • John G. Phillips  - $500
  • Eric Riddell - $500
  • Scott L. Travers - $500

2014

  • Michael Britton - $500
  • Danielle H. Drabeck - $500
  • Meredith Fox - $500
  • Leah Jacobs - $500
  • Sandy Kawano - $500
  • Melissa A. Miller- $500
  • Ryan Seddon - $500
  • Jessica Thomas - $500
  • Denita M. Weeks - $500
  • Kristin M. Winchell  - $500

2013

  • Anna Davis - $500
  • Drew Davis - $500
  • Hilary Edgington - $500
  • Shane Hanlon - $500
  • Matthew Holding - $500
  • Jessie Tanner - $500
  • Rebecca Tarvin - $500
  • Jennifer Tennessen - $500
  • Michelle Thompson - $500
  • Kyle Weichert  - $500

2012

  • Catherine Dayger - $500
  • Robert Denton - $500
  • Maggie Hantak - $500
  • Kayla Hardwick - $500
  • Christina Howard - $500
  • Justin Lawrence - $500
  • Russell Ligon - $500
  • Gail McCormick - $500
  • Samantha Rumschlag - $500
  • Jason Warner - $500

2011

  • Bradley Carlson - $500
  • Timothy Clay - $500
  • Maxwell B. Joseph - $500
  • Susan King - $500
  • Tara Pelletier - $500
  • Enrique Santoyo Brito - $500
  • Lindsay Swierk - $500
  • Beck Wehrle - $500
  • Melissa Youngquist - $500
  • Adrienne Zillmann - $500

2010

  • Andrea Acevedo - $500
  • Simone Des Roches - $500
  • Caitlin Fisher-Reid - $500
  • Julius Frazier - $500
  • Elaine Klein - $500
  • Amy Luxbacher - $500
  • Heather Shaffery - $500
  • Michael Steffen - $500
  • Christopher Thawley - $500
  • Denita Weeks - $500

2009

  • Barb Banbury - $500
  • Jesse Delia - $500
  • Christopher A. Distel - $500
  • Jacqueline M. Doyle - $500
  • Maya Groner - $500
  • A. Justin Nowakowski - $500
  • Nicholas B. Pollock - $500
  • Michael Reichert - $500
  • Kelsey E. Reider - $500
  • Yoel E. Stuart - $500

2008

  • Sarah Becker - $500
  • Jennifer Chang - $500
  • Sandra Galeano - $500
  • Robert Hegna - $500
  • Sarah Hellmuth - $500
  • Adam Leland - $500
  • Mike Osbourne - $500
  • Beth Petitt - $500
  • Gabrielle Radik - $500
  • Brooke Talley - $500

2007

  • Karen M. Benyo - $500
  • Bhart-Anjan S. Bhullar - $500
  • Brittny Calsbeek - $500
  • Krista P. Coquia - $500
  • Heather Cunningham - $500
  • Emily A. Gardner - $500
  • Casey A. Gilman - $500
  • Rachel M. Goodman - $500
  • Matthew L. Niemiller - $500
  • John Perterson - $500

2006

  • Philip Bergmann - $500
  • Jennifer Curtis - $500
  • Matt Gifford - $500
  • Myra Hughey - $500
  • Ali Rabatsky - $500
  • Julie Ray - $500
  • Gabriel Rivera - $500
  • Rebecca Symula - $500 
  • Maria Thaker - $500 
  • Nathan Turnbough - $500

2005

  • Lelena Avila - $500
  • Nathan Calder - $500 
  • Jena Chojnowski - $500 
  • Paula Kahn - $500 
  • Dana Koscinski - $500 
  • Gregory Pauly - $500 
  • Daniel Rabosky - $500 
  • Jennifer Sheridan - $500 
  • Justin Touchon - $500 
  • Jessa Watters - $500

2004

  • Venetia S. Briggs - $500
  • Alessandro Catenazzi - $500
  • Kamelia Fallahpour - $500
  • Raymond A. Hernandez - $500 (funds declined)
  • Lesley T. Lancaster - $500
  • Deborah I. Lutterschmidt - $500
  • Suzanne McGaugh - $500
  • Nancy M. Schoeppner - $500
  • C. Tristan Stayton - $500
  • Daniel A. Warner - $500

2003

  • Diana L. Andres - $500
  • Matt Brandley - $500
  • Ammon Corl - $500
  • Alison Davis - $500
  • Andrew Giordano - $500
  • Alison McCombe - $500
  • Mason Ryan - $500
  • Geoffrey Sorrell - $500
  • Jennifer Weist - $500
  • Steven Whitfield - $500 

2002

  • Lynn M. Almli - $500
  • Ronald M. Bonett - $500
  • David Chapple - $500
  • Alison M. Hamilton - $500
  • Robyn Konvalinka - $500
  • Kenneth H. Kozak - $500
  • Day Ligon - $500
  • Melissa A. Pilgrim - $500
  • Chelsa Ward - $500
  • Heather Waye - $500

2001

  • Tomasz Owerkowicz - $500
  • Michael Ruddo - $500
  • Ryan O'Donnell - $500
  • Lauren Chan - $500
  • Valerie Simon - $500
  • Christopher Leary - $500
  • Aaron Krochmal - $500
  • Becky Williams - $500
  • Shannon O'Grady - $500
  • Jessica Stapley - $500

2000

  • Erika Adams - $500
  • Ryan Calsbeck - $500
  • John Neidzweicki - $500
  • Catherine A. Palmer - $500
  • Kelly M. Passek - $500
  • Vanessa S. Quinn - $500
  • Jeanne M. Robertson - $500
  • Betsie B. Rothermel - $500
  • Luis Schiesari - $500
  • Christine E. Todd - $500
  • Patricia Zaradic - $500

1999

  • Travis Ryan - $500
  • Andrew Crawford - $500
  • Michael Alfaro - $500
  • Kirsten Nicholoson - $500
  • Rachel Bowden - $500
  • Sharon Downes - $500
  • Carrie Morjan - $500
  • Pamela Elf - $500
  • Mike McCay - $500
  • Sarah Smith - $500

1998

  • Michael J. Angilletta - $500
  • Rafe Brown - $500
  • Sharon Downes - $500
  • Maureen Kearney - $500
  • Meredith J. Mahoney - $500
  • Jeanne M. Serb - $500
  • Rachel Willard - $500

1997

  • Louise M. Armstrong - $500
  • W. Anthony Frankino - $500
  • Nathan J. Kley - $500
  • Matthew Klukowski - $500
  • Dusti K. Timanus - $500
  • Stephanie M. Welter - $500

1996

  • Melissa D. Dills - $500
  • Robert E. Espinoza - $500
  • Matthew F. Meyer - $500
  • Steve Phelps - $500
  • R. Mark Waters - $500
  • Tim Watkins - $500

1994

  • Paul E. Brunkow - $500
  • Robert E. Espinoza - $500
  • Johannes Foufopoulos - $500
  • Christopher R. Tracy - $500

1995

  • Todd S. Cambell - $500
  • David Bickford - $500
  • Maura Maple - $500
  • Adam P. Summers - $500

1993

  • Alistar J. Cullum - $525
  • Frank R. Hensley - $350
  • Rosemary Knapp - $525
  • Karen M. Warkentin - $525
  • Tifmothy B. Watkins - $525

1992

  • Allison Abbell - $500
  • Raymond J. Clark - $500
  • Tyrone Hayes - $500
  • John J. Wiens - $500
  • Kelly Zamudio - $500

1991

  • Brian P. Butterfield - $260
  • Robert St. Clair - $250
  • Kevin A. Dixon - $260
  • Glenn P. Gerber - $220
  • Anna Graybeal - $300
  • Karen R. Lips - $300
  • Devin A. Reese - $285
  • Geoffrey R. Smith - $250
  • William A. Velhagen - $125

1990

  • Gregory Haenel - $385
  • Vincent A. Cobb - $385
  • Christopher Schneider - $385
  • Howard Whiteman - $385
  • Calvin A. Porter - $390
  • Rusty Gonser - $385
  • Stephen M. Secor - $385

1989

  • Daniel Seufert - $600
  • Richard King - $400
  • William Wagner - $600
  • Joseph Bernardo - $250
  • Tod Reeder - $400
  • Frederic K. Janzen - $250

1988

  • Jonathan B. Losos - $265
  • Charles C. Peterson - $350
  • Matthew S. Rand - $260
  • Roger Ellis Roudebush, Jr. - $375
  • Rafael O. De Sa - $250

1987

  • Allison Collins - $425
  • Diana Hews - $425
  • David Pfennig - $250
  • Alan de Queiroz - $250
  • John Beck, Jr. - $250;

1986

  • John L. Carr - $400
  • Brian T. Henen - $600
  • Byron S. Wilson - $600
  • Linda C. Zimmerman - $200

1985

  • Stephen C. Adolph - $200
  • Mac F. Given - $450
  • Carole L. Hom - $450
  • Frances J. Irish - $400
  • Michael J. Lannoo - $200
  • Barry R. Sinervo - $80

1984

  • John Crawford - $854
  • J. Ellen Marsden - $370
  • Martha K. Pancak - $500
  • Joyce S. Tsuji - $461
  • Thomas D. Kocher - $300
  • Trip Lamb - $1500

1983

  • Gary L. Breitenbach - $1500
  • Glenn Flores - $800
  • Ellen M. Daley - $700
  • Brian C. Bock - $633
  • David W. Jansen - $434

1982

  • Bruce Waldman - $1200
  • Steven D. Werman - $1200
  • Richard B. King - $200
  • David W. Jansen - $200
  • Joseph C. Mitchell - $287

1981

  • Carol A. Beuchat - $1250
  • Daniel S. Townsend - $750

1980

  • Carol A. Beuchat - $340
  • Thomas J. Berger - $540
  • Benjamin E. Dial - $90
  • Donald G. Kephart - $590

1979

  • Patricia H.Lehrer - $600
  • Charles R. Peterson - $575
  • Mary J. Packard - $150
  • Gordon Rodda - $500
  • Michael J. Ryan - $400
  • R. D. Stevenson - $1300
  • Bruce Waldman - $400 
horned lizard Phrynosoma modestum
Burmese python coiled on the ground