Information for Presenters
GENERAL INFORMATION: The TSM meeting offers the perfect setting for students to present research efforts, whether the findings reported are preliminary or from a completed study. The setting is informal, and the audience simultaneously offers encouragement and constructive criticism. Our members represent considerable expertise covering a broad array of mammalian biology, providing a wonderful opportunity for students to discuss their projects with established mammalogists.
The TSM meetings allow students two types of opportunities for presenting their research, oral presentations and poster presentations.
ABSTRACTS AND REGISTRATION: All abstracts will be reviewed and chosen on a first come, first served basis, so please submit your abstract early. Some oral presentations may get bumped to poster presentations, as the number of slots for oral presentations is limited. Primary presenters get the following waived for the meeting: student registration fee ($15), lodging (study unit $20), and t-shirt fee ($10). Primary presenters must still pay the $2 membership fee and meals (including banquet). Secondary presenters get the t-shirt fee waived ($10). If a presenter registers late, all waivers are forfeited. Please submit abstracts for oral and poster presentations using the abstract submission form.
PRESENTATION INFORMATION: For more developed research presentations, students may choose to provide an oral presentation. These presentations are given via PowerPoint (or similar programs). Each student has 15 minutes per presentation and should plan for 12 minutes of speaking and 3 minutes for questions. Oral presentations are generally limited to 20 speakers, but we are prepared to go to split sessions if enough oral abstracts are submitted.
For research that is still in development, students may choose to present using a poster. Poster presentations are given Friday night. Presenters should keep posters size less than 1.25 m H x 1.5 m W (about 4'H x5'W).
AWARDS: Students are strongly encouraged to compete for one of the many award categories. All student presenters are eligible to compete for awards (unless they have already won that award). For more information on awards visit our award page. Please note that you can compete for only one award. All competing oral presentations automatically compete for the Robert Packard Award.
All Students (automatic eligibility for all oral presentations)
Robert Packard Award ($500 award) – given for the overall outstanding oral presentation
Graduate Students – each with $400 award
William B. Davis Award – best oral presentation pertaining to classical mammalogy with study conducted at the organismal level
TSM Award – best oral presentation on studies pertaining to molecular biology, evolution, and systematics
Undergraduate Students – each with $400 award
Rollin H. Baker Award – best oral presentation in classical mammalogy at the organismal level
Bobby Baker Award – best oral presentation in molecular biology, evolution, and systematics
All Categories – each with $400 award
Vernon Bailey Award – separated into two separate categories for undergraduate and graduate students, this is for the best poster presentation pertaining to classical mammalogy conducted at the organismal level
Clyde Jones Award – separated into two separate categories for undergraduate and graduate students, this is for the best poster presentation pertaining to molecular biology, evolution, and systematics
Judging of the presentations, by a committee of TSM members, is based on the quality of the science (e.g., methods, design, interpretation) and of the presentation (e.g., oral presentation, visual aids, handling of questions). Visual aid media available for oral presentations include a PC laptop for running MS PowerPoint presentations. Award winners will be announced during the Saturday evening banquet. Students are not eligible to receive the same award more than once.