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We are happy to announce we are now accepting entries for our annual Laurence M. Klauber Memorial Summer Research Grant!  Applications will be accpeted through through Friday, April 30th. Though many universities and organizations have reduced facility use and field work to varying degrees due to the current pandemic situation, there are still opportunities for many projects (including non-university-affiliated) to begin or continue, including working from home or socially-distanced in the field. Details on the Klauber Grant:

- Any current SWCHR member may apply (if you know someone interested in applying, remind them dues are $20 for the calendar year; $10 for students; information on joining is available on our website at

- Mail applications for the grant to

- This grant is intended for research on Southwestern US herpetofauna. This research could entail field work in one of the six states in the SWCHR region of interest (AZ, CA, NV, NM, TX, UT), or lab work performed elsewhere, using specimens obtained in those six states. For example, a study on Green Anole behavior in Florida, or DNA analysis using populations from Florida, would not be a viable candidate for this grant; but a study on Green Anole behavior in Texas, or DNA analysis on populations in Texas, would be considered.

- Entrants may conduct independent research, request a grant on behalf of a Southwest-region herpetological society (e.g. for equipment related to field work by the society), or be affiliated with an accredited university. NOTE: preference will be given to research affiliated with an accredited university unless no such entries are received.

- Proposals must list species targeted in the research, or biomes/habitats/communities being studied, as well as the nature of the study (taxonomy, cladistics, phylogeography, behavior, etc.).

- Proposals must be specific in how the SWCHR grant will be used. Examples include but are not limited to: fees for land access, equipment/materials necessary for the research, travel/lodging cost offset, etc.

- Letter of support/recommendation by an appropriate person (e.g. faculty advisor, society officer, etc.) indicating the entrant has the required time, capability, and additional resources as necessary to conduct the proposed research.

- Winner in the Adult category will receive $500 cash prize; Junior category will receive $250 cash prize; to be used only as stipulated in their proposals.

- Winner must agree to submit a short paper as a status update/synopsis of the research enabled by this grant.

- Winner must agree to include SWCHR as a sponsor in the acknowledgments of any presentations/papers resulting from the research, to include our logo where appropriate.


Good luck!



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