About the Society Awards Past Award Winners 2014 Program for Scientists from Economically Developing Nations (SEDN) Award Winner

Sanaa El-Sayed


I have been very interested in vertebrate paleontology since shortly after I took my first vertebrate paleontology course and lab during my third year. As an undergraduate, I studied Geology at Mansoura University, where I was first in my class and received a B.S. degree in 2010. Since then I have been working as assistant lecturer in the same department. My research interests are broadly in the area of vertebrate paleontological research in Egypt, with a particular emphasis on characterizing the anatomy of catfish skull materials that were recently discovered from the Eocene exposures of the famous Wadi El-Hitan Site in northern Egypt and are now the subject of my Masters project.
In 2010, I was lucky to directly participate (in the very early stages) along with Dr. Hesham Sallam in the foundation of the Mansoura University Vertebrate paleontology (MUVP) initiative, a combined research, outreach, and conservation endeavor based out of the Geology Department at Mansoura University. Since then, I have also been involved in more than 10 vertebrate paleontological expeditions in my home country, collecting fossils from the late Cretaceous and Paleogene exposures of Egypt.
After completing my PhD, I anticipate that I will be the first female to teach vertebrate paleontology courses at Egyptian universities. Attending this SVP conference will give me a head start and reinforce my self-confidence at this early stage of my career. I'm deeply honored to be one of the winners of the Program for Scientists from Economically Developing Nations (SEDN) Award.