Paleontological Society Student Ambassador Program


  • Program: Student Ambassador Program
  • Promoter: Paleontological Society
  • Requirements: undergraduate students interested in a career in paleontology who plan on attending the 2017 Geological Society of America meeting in Seattle, Washington
  • Support: Travel support and 1‐year student free membership to the Paleontological Society
  • Application Deadline: July 20, 2017
  • Submit application via email: rxlock@wm.edu
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Offer full description:

“The Paleontological Society seeks to support undergraduate students interested in a career in paleontology who plan on attending the 2017 Geological Society of America meeting in Seattle, Washington.

A limited number of grants are available to offset travel costs: $1,000 if the student is presenting original research at GSA and $500 if the student is just attending the meeting.

In addition to travel support, students will participate in mentoring opportunities with professional paleontologists and graduate students while at the meeting and receive a free 1‐year student membership to the Paleontological Society.

In exchange, PS‐SAP students will be expected to volunteer at the PS booth for at least 5 hours during the meeting, and to use social media (e.g., blogs, Facebook, Twitter) to communicate to the Society about their experience at the meeting. In this way, students will serve as “ambassadors” for the Society.

To be eligible, students must be enrolled as an undergraduate student at an institution of higher education and have a stated interest in learning more about careers in paleontology.

The program is not limited to U. S. students. To apply, please submit the following documents to Dr. Rowan Lockwood, PS Education and Outreach Coordinator, at rxlock@wm.edu:

1. PS‐SAP application form, including a statement of interest in paleontology;

2. Proof of undergraduate student status (e.g., photocopy of current student ID, official class schedule, or transcript);

3. Brief letter of support from a faculty member at your undergraduate institution (emailed directly from faculty member; letter should discuss student’s involvement in paleontology and scientific career potential; 2000‐character limit);

4. If applicable, copy of the research abstract you plan to submit to GSA.

Submit documents via email to rxlock@wm.edu. Please include applicant’s last name in the subject line. All documents must be received by Thursday, July 20, 2017. The PS Education and Outreach Committee will evaluate applications. Awardees will be notified by September 1, 2017.”


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Lurdes Fonseca

Assistant Professor and Researcher at University of Lisbon
Sociologist (PhD), Paleontologist (Researcher in Micropaleontology), Majors in Sociology and Biology, Minor in Geology. Main interests in Paleontology: Microfossils, Molecular fossils, Paleobiology and Paleoecology. (read more about me)