The Society of Vertebrate Paleontology is the premier global forum for vertebrate fossil research, preservation and advocacy. Your donations help us serve the global vertebrate paleontology community and are greatly appreciated.
Click here to access the online donation form. If you prefer to pay by check, checks (in US dollars only, please) may be mailed to:
Society of Vertebrate Paleontology (SVP)
7918 Jones Branch Drive, Suite 300
McLean VA 22012
Please make checks payable to “Society of Vertebrate Paleontology” or “SVP”. Please indicate the name of the specific fund in the memo field of your check.
LEGACY LEAGUE FUND
Many of our activities, especially new initiatives, are supported by the Legacy League Fund, including our Diversity Meetup at the annual meeting and the Distinguished Lecturer Program in North America, South America, and Europe. New SVP initiatives supported by Legacy League funds include the Education and Outreach Fund and subsidies for childcare expenses to expand participation at our annual meetings. Legacy League funds also support our many activities to protect fossil resources, including SVP Executive Committee members serving as expert witnesses in testimony to the U.S. Congress regarding cuts to national monuments, joining lawsuits against reductions to several fossil-rich national monuments, raising objections to the high-profile sales of significant vertebrate fossil specimens, and representing SVP on National Fossil Day with a table on the Mall in Washington, DC. These activities strengthen our membership and raise our visibility with the broader scientific community and public, including lawmakers. We hope you agree that these activities are well worth supporting!
Donations to the following SVP funds will be used according to the terms of the fund unless otherwise noted:
SVP FUTURES AWARD FUND
The SVP Futures Award is a new award supporting summer undergraduate research projects in vertebrate paleontology by students that identify as underrepresented ethnic minorities or people of color. Funds will provide a competitive stipend and research costs, including travel for fieldwork.
STEVEN COHEN AWARD FUND
The Steven Cohen Award for Student Research is to foster excellent student research in the study of vertebrate paleontology by making funds available to an exemplary student or students. The funds awarded may be used by students in support of field research, museum research, laboratory research or other academic research activities. Particular consideration is given to proposals for research that is innovative, unpredictable, and unusual; research that has direct application to understanding and interpreting the vertebrate fossil record.
DAWSON GRANT FUND
The Mary R. Dawson Predoctoral Fellowship Grant recognizes and supports graduate student research excellence. This award recognizes research excellence and promote a successful career in Vertebrate Paleontology by supporting the recipient’s dissertation research travel, data collection and analyses.
WOOD AWARD FUND
The purpose of this award, named in honor of Dr. Albert E. Wood, is to support student research that involves museum or university vertebrate fossil or natural history collections. Proposals must be for collection-based work on some aspect of vertebrate evolution, with special attention given to those that greatly enhance the value of fossil material already residing in collections.
JON C. GRAFF INTERNATIONAL PALEONTOLOGY AWARD FUND
This program was established to offer annual awards to promote opportunities for international scientists from nations with developing economies to present research at the SVP Annual Meeting. This program provides funding for travel expenses that prove to be an obstacle for scientists from developing nations.
ESTES MEMORIAL GRANT FUND
The Richard Estes Memorial Grant Fund was established to enhance graduate student research in non-mammalian vertebrate paleontology, with emphasis on systematics, morphology, biogeography and paleoecology.
FIELD TRAINING AWARD
The SVP Field Training Award is intended to support undergraduate and graduate students, early career paleontologists, preparators, land managers with responsibility for paleontological resources and others in vertebrate paleontology-related positions who can demonstrate a need for field training and the benefits of field training to their professional development in vertebrate paleontology.
JACKSON SCHOOL OF GEOSCIENCES STUDENT MEMBER TRAVEL GRANT FUND
Travel fund assistance awarded to selected Student Members whose abstracts have been accepted for presentation at the SVP Annual Meeting. Read more about the Jackson School of Geosciences Student Member Travel Grant.
LANZENDORF-NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PALEOART PRIZE FUND
The John J. Lanzendorf-National Geographic PaleoArt Prize was created to recognize outstanding achievements in art in vertebrate paleontology and is supported through the generosity of PaleoArt collector John J. Lanzendorf. Three awards are given in the categories of computer imaging and animation, two-dimensional art, three-dimensional art (sculpture), and scientific illustration.
PATTERSON MEMORIAL GRANT FUND
This award, named in honor of Dr. Bryan Patterson, supports innovative and venturesome student (undergraduate or graduate) field work in vertebrate paleontology. Particular consideration is given to proposals that are innovative rather than routine, venturesome rather than predictable, unusual rather than run of the mill.
HIX PREPARATORS’ GRANT FUND
The Marvin and Beth Preparators’ Grant Fund was established to further the field of vertebrate paleontology through preparation and study of methods and materials used to reveal and preserve fossil information. Preference is given to proposals for training and workshops — primarily travel expenses to learn or teach preparation.
ROMER PRIZE FUND
The Alfred Sherwood Romer Prize recognizes outstanding scientific contribution in vertebrate paleontology by a predoctoral student. It is awarded on the basis of the scientific value of the study and the quality of the oral presentation.
SKINNER AWARD FUND
The Morris F. Skinner Award honors outstanding and sustained contributions to scientific knowledge in the making of important collections of fossil vertebrates, or the encouragement, training and teaching of others in the field.
COLBERT PRIZE FUND
Established to recognize the best student poster presentation at the SVP Annual Meeting.
OUTREACH AND EDUCATION FUND
The newly-established Outreach and Education Fund offers support to SVP members for programs and activities focused on education and community engagement.