Albert E. Wood Award

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

Albert E. Wood Award

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.


  • Applicant must be current SVP members. You will not be able to apply for the award unless your membership is current in the system. 
  • Both graduate and undergraduate students may apply.


Please utilize the SVP online award submission system to apply. Any materials sent by e-mail, fax or mail will NOT be reviewed. 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:  

  • Description of the project (3000 character limit, includes ALL characters (letters, numbers, special hidden characters, spaces; generally, the use of figures and inclusion of citations are discouraged). 
  • Written Statement (3000 character limit, includes ALL characters (letters, numbers, special hidden characters, spaces) – how this award would contribute to the success of your collection-based work 
  • Specific museums that will be visited using this award and the amount of time at each museum (750 character limit)
  • Budget with major categories defining how the prize will be utilized.
  • Nominee photo 

Applications for the 2024 Wood Award are now closed.


Dr. Melissa Pardi, Chair, Wood Award Panel

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