Donald H. Rusch Memorial Game Bird Research Scholarship

The Wildlife Society

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Grant amount: US $2,000

Anticipated deadline: May 1, 2020 8:59pm PDT

Applicant type: Graduate Student

Funding uses: Research

Membership: Applicants must be a member of this organization to apply. Become a member.

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: North America

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The Donald H. Rusch Memorial Game Bird Scholarship was established to honor the memory of Don Rusch, who died unexpectedly in 1999, and to continue his legacy by contributing to studies of game bird biology. The award is presented annually to a graduate student studying any aspect of upland game bird or waterfowl biology and management.

Dr. Donald H. Rusch was an avid hunter and angler, with a keen interest in all aspects of game bird biology and conservation. His career in the wildlife profession included research on game birds in Canada, the United States, and South America, and contributed greatly to our understanding of ruffed grouse and Canada goose population ecology in particular.

As a teacher, Don imparted great enthusiasm to his students, encouraged them to think critically, and always maintained an open mind toward new ideas.

As a scientist, Don believed in the value of long-term research over the entire geographic range of a species to provide comprehensive understanding of population ecology.

As a manager, he advocated the wise use of our wildlife resources, and emphasized the importance of scientific research to improve our understanding of wildlife populations and their conservation.

The first scholarship was announced during The Wildlife Society’s 7th Annual Conference in 2000.

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  • The award is to be presented annually to a graduate student studying any aspect of upland game bird or waterfowl biology and management.
  • Applicants must be registered in a master’s degree program (in even numbered years) or doctoral degree program (in odd numbered years) in wildlife biology, zoology, ecology or a related discipline at a university in North America.
    •  As a result, for 2019, only Doctoral Degree candidates are eligible.
  • Applicants must be a member of The Wildlife Society.
  • Research projects must be endorsed by the applicant’s academic supervisor.
  • The award is intended to benefit students who show promise as wildlife educators, researchers, and managers.

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  • Awards are based on the applicant’s academic achievements, field experience, appreciation of hunting (personally and professionally), and career interests.
  • Project merit also will be considered, but may be weighted to reflect the involvement of the candidate in the development and design.