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About the Society Awards Romer Prize
©  Michael Skrepnick
The Alfred Sherwood Romer Prize recognizes an outstanding scientific contribution in Vertebrate Paleontology by a predoctoral student. Selection is based on the scientific value and quality of a submitted abstract summarizing an original research project. The prize is awarded based on the scientific value and quality of the oral presentation of that research during the Romer Prize session a the SVP Annual Meeting. Learn more about Dr. Romer


Eligibility Requirements

  • Current membership in SVP is required.
  • A predoctoral student is defined as a student in an undergraduate or graduate degree program who has not received a doctoral degree or has held a doctoral degree for less than one year at the time of the Annual Meeting.
  • Previously published abstracts cannot be submitted.
  • Only single-authored projects are considered.
  • Past Romer winners are not eligible to apply.
  • The work is relevant to Vertebrate Paleontology with direct applications or relevance to understanding and interpreting the vertebrate fossil record, particularly for projects describing new methods developed from living organisms and/or actualistic studies.
  • The work should address a question or a set of questions in a scientific fashion and provide results that have a robust scientific implication.
  • The work should present a complete, comprehensive study including sufficient background and information on methods for the evaluation of the significance and suitability of the research and methods.

How to Apply

Please use the Online Abstract Submission System to apply. Any materials sent by email, fax or mail will NOT be reviewed.

  • Check the box on the online abstract submission form to indicate your desire to enter your poster in the competition for the Romer Prize during the regular abstract submission process.
  • A signed cover letter (PDF format) that:
  • states the student's current degree program, estimated date of completion and institution
  • lists all undergraduate and graduate degrees previously awarded, degree dates and awarding institutions
  • states the current position and institution in the case of an applicant who already has a doctorate but that will be within one year of the degree date at the time of the Annual Meeting
Those not select as finalists to present in the Romer session may withdrawal their abstract or submit it for review to the Program Committee for regular session consideration.
  • The winner is selected from finalists onsite and announced at the award banquet.
  • Please note that any abstract that is not selected for the Romer Prize session will be moved to regular submission status. If designated as a poster, it may be considered for the Colbert Prize.

Click here for more guidelines on Romer submissions and judging criteria.

You may view the 2020 approved award amounts HERE.


Please contact Dr. Ken Angeilczyk, Chair, Romer Prize Panel

View past award winners