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AMS Student Research Fellowships

The AMS Student Research Fellowship funds are designated for summer support of research projects involving microscopy. Two fellowships of up to $1000 each are available. The funds may be used for summer support of any research project involving microscopy. Any undergraduate or graduate student member of AMS* is eligible to apply, with the exception of past fellowship recipients. Applications from undergraduates and those from graduates are assessed independently.

*For 2024, Student AMS memberships are $22 per year reflecting online subscription to Invertebrate Biology




  • Deadline: March 1 each year

  • See below for the description of the proposals and a list of past recipients of these awards.


The proposal should consist of the applicant’s Curriculum Vitae and a short summary of the research project; this should be a maximum of 3 pages, double-spaced, 11 pt type minimum. There should be a separate budget page explaining how the funds will be used and detailing any current support of the project. The proposal should be accompanied by a supporting letter from the applicant’s research adviser.

APPLICATION: Applications should be emailed to Dr. Shanna Hanes, AMS Fellowship Committee,

Guidelines for AMS Fellowship Proposals

A successful proposal will include the following: a brief CV of the applicant; a description of the project - introduction, objectives, methodology, expected significance of results and literature cited; and a well-justified budget. Funds can be used for supplies, use of equipment, and travel to field sites. However, travel to meetings and publication costs are not supported.


The role of microscopy will be a major component of proposal evaluation. Provide concise details of the microscopic approaches to be taken in the proposed research and show their appropriateness to the objectives of the project. If the microscopy research for which you are requesting funding is part of a broader thesis or dissertation topic, you should write your proposal only for the microscopy portion of the research. The proposal to AMS can be linked to your broader research objectives via the introduction and significance of results sections.  Please indicate if you have prior funding on this topic.

If you have preliminary results or evidence that support the likelihood of the project’s success, these should be noted.

2024 Recipients Research Awards

  • Siena McKim, University of California Santa Barbara

  • Alexis Codding, California State University Long Beach

  • Jun Cai, Oregon State University

2023 Recipients Research Awards

  • Katherine Newcomer Lawson, SUNY ESF

  • Daniel Stanton, University of Florida


2019 Recipients

Valeri Lapacek, Kyle Heine, Ariana Rupp


2018 Recipients
Emily Naylor
Project Title: Investigating the evolution and diversity of gecko clinging morphology with microscopy


Robyn Reeve
Project Title: Xenopus larval melanocytes as a model for studying leptin signaling in melanomas

2017 Recipients
Alyssa Liguori, Stony Brook University
Project Title: Copepod morphology across multiple generations of low pH exposure


Sarah McAnulty, University of Connecticut
Project Title: Judging a bacterium by its cover: development of immune tolerance in the squid-vibrio symbiosis


2016 Recipients
Cheng Zeng, Indiana University Bloomington
Project Title: Probing Reconstitution of Fully Collapsed Virus Capsid with Atomic Force Microscopy


Lily Pieper, Hamilton College
Project Title: Evolution and expression of venom genes in sea urchin pedicellariae


2015 Recipients

Tania Pineda Enriquez, University of Florida
Project title: Hiding in plain sight: cryptic species in brittle stars of the Indo-Pacific region


Kristin Kopperud, Ph.D. Candidate
Florida Institute of Technology
Project title: Circadian rhythms of the Atlantic tarpon, Megalops atlanticus: a microscopic analysis of light, dark and survival in the silver king.


2014 Recipients

Shelley McLarty, M.Sc. Candidate
Department of Biological Sciences
Walla Walla University
Project title: Microscopic analysis of photosynthetic gut content in Pentidotea resecata.


Lauren Sumner-Rooney, Ph.D. Candidate
Queen’s University Marine Laboratory
Project title: A microanatomical study of the eyes of Ophiocoma wendtii


2013 Recipients

Nikia Rice, M.Sc. Candidate
Florida Institute of Technology
Project title: Photoreceptor distribution of the Green sea turtle throughout development stages.


Des Ramirez, Ph.D. Candidate
University of California, Santa Barbara
Project title: Quantifying dispersion of dermal opsin-expressing sensory neurons in two Octopus species


2012 Recipients

Vladimir Gross
University of Massachusetts at Lowell
Project title: Comparative myoanatomy of the Tardigrada


Trisha Spanbauer
University of Nebraska – Lincoln
Project title: The relation of climatic forcing to the morphological variability of a dominant phytoplankton species in the Andes


2011 Recipients

Caroline Harper
Brown University
Project title: The morphology of the brush-like papillae in a nectar-feeding bat, Glossophaga soricina.


Fredrick Larabee
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Project title: Comparative study of ant mandible mechanical properties and performance.


Nathan Farrar
University of Alberta
Project title: Visualizing the structure of primary cilia in the osculum of the demosponge, Ephydatia muelleri.


2010 Recipients

Shanna Hanes
Department of Biology, Auburn University
Project title: Elevated autophagic activity during hyperthermic stress in the tropical sea anemone, Aiptasia pallida: a novel bleaching  mechanism


Joey Pakes
Department of Integrative Biology, UC-Berkeley
Project title: Investigation of chemosymbionts in the anchialine cave crustaceans Speleonectes c.f. tulumensis (Remipedia) and Typhlatya  sp. (Eumalacostraca).


2009 Recipients

Jessica Budke
Department Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Connecticut
Project title: Examining the matrotrophic calyptra and its role in moss sporophyte development using Funaria hygrometrica L. (Bryophyta [mosses]).


Bill McLamb
Department of Biological Sciences, Florida Institute of Technology
Project title: Some like it hot: Transient receptor potential (TRP) ion channels as components of the novel infrared sensory organs of boid and crotaline snakes.


2008 Recipients

Ivey Ellis
Department of Biological Sciences, Auburn University
Project title: Comparative neural development of the eastern oyster Crassostrea virginica and the opisthobranch gastropod Berghia verrrucornis.


Andrea Cross
Department of Biological Sciences, Florida Institute of Technology
Project title: Development of photoreceptor arrays in the retina of the African Spurred Tortoise, Geochelone sulcata.


2007 Recipients

Maria Celia Malay
Department of Zoology, University of Florida - Gainesville
Project title: Systematics and speciation of the coral-dwelling barnacles (Balanomorpha: Pyrgomatidae)


Johannes Achatz
Department of Biological Sciences, University of Maine - Orono
Project title: Neurogenesis in development and asexual reproduction of Convolutriloba macropyga (Acoela)


2006 Recipients

Jodi L. Caskey
Department of Biology, University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Project title: Contact chemoreception of sex pheromones in shrimp


J. Matthew Hoch
Department of Ecology and Evolution, Stony Brook University
Project title: Effects of environment and population density on barnacle penis morphology

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