Awards for Student Presentations

Constance Boone Award for Best Student Presentation

Every year the American Malacological Society hosts a competition for the best student presentation made at the Society’s annual meeting. Winners receive the Constance Boone award. The award is named for the late Constance Boone, a past president of the Society, past president of the Houston Conchological Society, co-editor of Texas Conchologist. As a long-time associate in the Malacology Department of the Houston Museum of Natural Science and a strong supporter of students, Constance was a vital force in American Malacology.

Competitors for the award:

May have graduated from a degree-granting program within the six months immediately prior to the meeting’s registration deadline.

Must be the primary author of the contribution and the co-author (normally the major advisor) must provide a statement that the student completed the majority of the research. 

To be considered for the award, students must indicate their desire to be judged when submitting their abstract. 

Support for Annual Meeting Attendance

Bishop Museum Collections Grant 

The Bishop Museum (BPBM) is awarding travel grants for research in the BPBM malacology collection. See link for details.

Hawaii Malacological Society (HMS)

The Hawaii Malacological Society is an organization dedicated to expanding interest and knowledge in molluscan fauna, with particular emphasis on the spectacular gastropod fauna of Hawaii and the Indo-Pacific. HMS has graciously provided funding to support  students attending the AMS-WSM 2018 conference. 

Students must present (talk or poster) at the 2018 annual conference. Applicants should submit a 1-page proposal detailing their plans and reasoning for attending the meeting, and a budget of expenses. The award is open to students at all levels (high school, college, university).

One or more grants will be awarded, subject to availability of funds. No one award to exceed $700.

Proposals should be submitted as single pdf document to Dr. Norine Yeung ( by April 7, 2018 and awardees will be notified by April 15, 2018.

Student Workshops at the Annual Meeting

The AMS-WSM student representatives, Jessica Goodheart, and Alyssa Frederick will be organizing several student sessions and information will be forthcoming.

Student Housing

To help students offset the high costs of attending the conference in Hawaii, we have arranged for student to share rooms at the conference hotel (Hilton Waikiki Beach) with up to four students per room, with no additional charge for the 3rd and 4th persons. 

Additional information for finding potential roommates will be forthcoming. Students should email their names to as as soon as possible expressing their interest in attending and sharing a room. 

The hotel does not provide roll away cots so students must share existing beds and/or floor space.

Additional housing FOR STUDENTS ONLY is being provided at the University of Hawaii East West Center. For rates and additional details, please go to

When calling to make a reservation, please provide the registration code “AMS HI 2018”. 

While the dorm option at UH is less expensive, students will be responsible for their own transportation to and from the conference venue at the Hilton Waikiki Beach. UH campus is approximately 2 miles from the conference venue.

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