Each spring, to encourage student-initiated research in wildlife-related subjects, we advertise for proposals and then award small grants to university and high school students for research projects that can be completed in a few months. Grant recipients present their findings to the public at chapter meetings.

Philip L. Wright was a professor of zoology at the University of Montana who taught mammalogy and ornithology and established the zoological museum that bears his name. Dr. Wright’s infectious enthusiasm and his passion for the natural world inspired thousands of students during his tenure and encouraged them in their research endeavors.

In remembrance of Dr. Wright and his contributions to science and the community, the Five Valleys Audubon Society established the annual Philip L. Wright Memorial Research Awards. These awards provide support for continuing students undertaking research in the fields of ecology, wildlife biology, animal behavior, environmental biology, and conservation biology.

Philip L. Wright

Research awards have been in the range of $200 to $1,200. Previous awards have gone to high school, university undergraduate and graduate students. Preference is given to small projects to be completed in a few months. Accordingly, PhD research is excluded. Eligible expenses include: 1) direct costs of travel, meals, and lodging; and 2) consumable supplies and services used for the sole purpose of the project. Non-eligible expenses include wages and durable equipment (like binoculars) with a life longer than the project. FVAS does not pay for indirect costs.

Interested students should consult with Dr. Chad Bishop, Wildlife Biology Program, about the content of their application before applying.

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