Marvin and Beth Hix Preparators’ Grant

Theropod trackway, Red Gulch Dinosaur Tracksite, Wyoming, photo credit: Thomas Holtz

Marvin and Beth Hix Preparators’ Grant

Marvin and Beth Hix

SVP is pleased to announce the Preparators’ Grant has been renamed the Marvin and Beth Hix Preparators’ Grant. The Society is pleased to honor this family with this award, which is intended to further the field of Vertebrate Paleontology through the advancement of fossil preparation. 


  • Current membership in SVP is required. You will not be able to apply for the award unless your membership is current in the system. 
  • Preference will be given to proposals for training apprenticeships and workshops – primarily travel expenses to learn or teach preparation.
  • Committee will consider any proposal which furthers the field of vertebrate paleontology through the advancement of preparation. 


Please utilize the SVP online award submission system to apply. Once you click “submit” the award application is complete so be sure to double check that all fields and uploads are exactly as you wish BEFORE clicking “submit”. Be sure to name all uploaded documents with your name and a description of the attachment (i.e. John Smith Photo). Have the following items ready when you submit your application.  

  • Total budget requested from SVP with travel, living, supply and additional expenses outlined. Include information about other funding you are receiving. Clearly define how the prize will be utilized. 
  • Project Description: Include goals, objectives, relevant logistics and timetable. Needs to be a three-page, double spaced document.
  • Three Letters of Support (with full contact information for the person providing the letter (name, institution, phone and e-mail address).
  • Curriculum Vitae – including preparation and training experience
  • Additional Project Personnel contact information and Curriculum Vitae
  • Nominee Photo
  • If application is for preparation training, a letter of support from the trainer and one from the trainer’s supervisor must be provided. 

Applications for the 2024 Hix Preparators’ Grant are now closed.


Kenneth Bader, Chair, Hix Preparators’ Grant Panel