Education and advocacy to improve ethics, standards, and practices in paleontology

Awards Committee

Helps to select recipients of the William W. Amaral Legacy Award, AMMP Service Award, Russ McCarty Student Travel Award, and other awards as they are developed. Also engages in fundraising for monetary awards. Awards are presented at the Annual Meeting of the AMMP.

Key Responsibilities

    1. William W. Amaral Legacy Award: solicits, receives, and reviews nominations.
    2. AMMP Service Award: receives and reviews nominations, makes final selection.
    3. Russ McCarty Student Travel Award: solicits, receives, and reviews nominations. Determines award allotment based on need and funds available.
    4. Review student abstracts for selection of the Russ McCarty Student Travel Award.
    5. Organize and maintain historical records related to each award. This includes nomination and support letters, list of recipients, financial support records per year. Documentation to be stored in a centralized location where all relative members of the board and committee can access them.

Expected Time Commitment

    1. Committee members will spend an average of 3 hours per month managing and selecting award recipients, as well as on fund-raising efforts.

Qualities, skills, and attributes beneficial for committee members

    1. Committee members should be prepared for the ongoing time commitment associated with the awards committee.  This is a year-long endeavor, and will require emails and deadlines.
    2. Experience with or affinity to budgeting, invoicing and accounting, and fundraising. 
    3. Previous annual meeting attendance will help with continuity issues.
    4. Good writing and editing skills, as well as familiarity with abstract judging abstracts for their content.

Available support for committee

    1. Recipients of the Amaral Legacy Award will receive a plaque/trophy signifying their achievement. The AMMP treasury will supply funding for this plaque/trophy.
    2. Recipients of the AMMP Service Award will receive a plaque signifying their achievement. The AMMP treasury will supply funding for this plaque.
    3. Recipients of the Russ McCarty Student Travel Award will receive  funding for travel to the AMMP conference, or for specified training directly related to materials and methods in paleontology. Proceeds from the Annual Meeting silent auction fund this award.

Accountability to the board

    1. The Chair of the Awards committee will provide the board with final nominations and selections no later than three months prior to the Annual Meeting where awards will be presented.

Chair

Matthew Smith

Petrified Forest National Monument

Contact

Association for Materials and Methods in Paleontology

Established 2014

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