Student support


Each year, four to six students are supported by GeoHab to attend the GeoHab Conference. This support is in the form of a small stipend to cover the costs of travel and living expenses while attending the conference. Each recipient of the stipend is expected to give an oral presentation at the conference. Conference registration and conference dinner fees are included as part of the support. The award in named in honor of the late Ron McDowell a founder and supporter of GeoHab
As in the past, some priority will be given to students who are attending universities or colleges in the region of the previous conference. GeoHab 2018 was held in Santa Barbara, California. Other students studying elsewhere are also eligible. Each application will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
The objective of GeoHab's student support is to expose students interested in marine benthic geological and biological mapping and marine benthic habitat characterization to the community of seafloor mappers and other scientists actively investigating seafloor morphology and substrate associated with ecosystems. Those applying for this support are encouraged to become an active member of GeoHab and to support the organization in the future.
To apply a student should be actively enrolled as a final-year undergraduate majoring in marine science or a graduate student studying for a Masters or PhD degree in the marine sciences or associated field. An abstract of the talk to be presented at the conference needs to be included in the application as well as a short CV (max 2 pages) and a short description of why you want to attend the conference and what you would expect to obtain fr om your attendance. Instructions to applicants can be found at the official GeoHab site on the Student Awards page. Please indicate the school you are attending and your major. In addition to your 4-page application, a letter of recommendation fr om your advisor is desirable, but not necessary.
You will need to include a cost for your airfare (as determined by the availability of lowest-cost economy fares for travel to Saint Petersburg, Russia, in May 2019) and other expenses you expect to accrue, such as student accommodation cost in Saint Petersburg for the duration of the conference (but excluding the workshop and field trip).

The application deadline is 12 January 2019; applications are submitted to
Applications for the student scholarship must include the following information:

Pages 1–2. Your brief curriculum vitae, specifying:

Page 3. Covering letter, stating the motivation for applying and foreseen benefit of participating in the GeoHab conference (lim it 1 page; less than 400 words);

​Page 4. Abstract of the presentation to be given at GeoHab if successful (Title, authors, affiliation, text of abstract. Please follow Abstract template, refer to Conference website)

Optional additional page 5. A letter of recommendation from your advisor is desirable, but not necessary.


  1. The GeoHab Ron McDowell Student Support Award is intended to cover/contribute costs of airfare and accommodation to allow the student to attend the annual GeoHab conference. Based on funds available and the merit of the application, the amount awarded to each student will be determined by the student scholarship selection committee. Some students may receive full funding, others partial funding.

  2. ​Students will be notified individually of the amounts awarded to them. Payment of the award will occur at the GeoHab conference in the form of reimbursement (by check), based on receipts for airfare, plus an amount towards accommodation costs.

  3. Students will be reimbursed only for what they spend – if the airfare costs less than estimated they will be reimbursed only up to the amount spent on the airfare. If the airfare costs more than the amount of the award, students have to pay the extra amount.

  4. The sum awarded for accommodation will be based on student accommodation cost at the venue.

  5. Students are responsible for making their own travel and accommodation arrangements, reservations and bookings.

  6. At the GeoHab conference, the student must present their work in person. It is not acceptable for the student’s supervisor or fellow students to deliver the presentation on their behalf. For fully funded students this must be an oral presentation. For partially funded students, this will be oral/poster at the discretion of the organizing committee.

  7. ​If for any reason the student is not able to travel or is unable to present their work in person, the award will not be given. Students should, therefore, ensure they have suitable travel insurance to cover their costs if they have to cancel (e.g., in the event of illness, etc.).

  8. Students will be registered automatically for the GeoHab conference. No registration or conference dinner fee is required for any student in receipt of a GeoHab Ron McDowell Student Support Award.

  9. The award does not cover the cost of optional field trips or other conference activities that are not covered in the normal registration fee.

  10. The student grant committee will evaluate the applications and make a decision by early February, in time for submission of the final abstract and registration.

  11. Students from the region wh ere the previous GeoHab conference was held may be given priority. However, all students are encouraged to apply.

  12. The contact for the conference and other information on GeoHab are available on

  13. Applications must be emailed in MS Word format to Dr. Guy Cochrane at the USGS Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center, Santa Cruz, California at

Student Ranking Committee

Guy R. Cochrane, U.S. Geological Survey, USA
Donna Schroeder, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, USA
H. Gary Greene, Moss Landing Marine Labs.
Daria Ryabchuk, A.P. Karpinsky Russian Geological Research Institute.
Others to be decided.