Sponsored by Delaware Valley Paleontological Society and The Philadelphia Foundation
History: The Paul Bond Scholarship Fund was established by DVPS in 1994 in memory of
Paul N. Bond to honor his commitment to paleontological study and to show the
respect in which he was held by all that knew him. Paul was a charter
member of the Society and served on the board of directors and as a
The Delaware Valley Paleontological Society (DVPS) - Paul Bond Scholarship
provides funds for tuition or other educational expenses such as field work,
research or data analysis to a graduate student in the Delaware Valley region
who is actively pursuing a graduate degree in paleontology.
Eligibility: Must be
actively pursuing a graduate degree in the field of Paleontology at a college
or university within the Delaware Valley.
Award: The Fund makes a biennial award of $2,000. This is a
one-time award for each recipient. The recipient is encouraged to give a short
presentation to the DVPS membership.
to Apply: Click the
following link to obtain instructions
or by contacting the Scholarship Chair at the address below. Applications must
be postmarked by 31 March 2014 All applicants will be notified of the
Committee’s decision. The award will be announced at Society’s June 2014
Delaware Valley Paleontological Society
Scholarship Committee Chair
18 Saratoga Ln
Harleysville, PA 19438-2977
Here are the recent winners: 2014: Zachary Boles– Drexel University
Zachary’s doctoral research focuses on main fossiliferous layer at Inversand.
2010:Eric Morschhauser– University of
Eric’s doctoral research focuses on phylogenetic placement of Auroraceratops
among the basal neocertopsian dinosaurs by studying
the similarities and differences between recently found Chinese specimens and
other museum specimens.
2008: Emma Schachner – University of
Emma’s doctoral research focuses on respiratory biology
of theropod dinosaurs by examining specimens ofChirostenotespergracili,
a Late Cretaceous oviraptor. She will also
examine the anatomy ofPoposaurusgracilis and its place in the evolution of rauisuchianarchosaurs.
2007: No scholarship
2006: Domenic D’Amore –
Domenic’s doctoral thesis
quantitatively assess the functional morphology modern lizard
dentition and apply the principles to Mesozoic Archosauria
in order to recreate their feeding dynamics.
2005: No scholarship awarded
2004: Doreena M.
Patrick - University of Pennsylvania
Doreena’s doctoral thesis
involved the analyzing the signatures of rare earth elements in fossil
vertebrates in order to determine paleoenvironmental
conditions and stratigraphy.
2003: Merrilee F. Geunther – University of Pennsylvania
Her master's thesis research was on embryonic hadrosaurs from the Devil's Coulee in the Oldman Formation of Alberta. She wants to
continue her career further exploring the themes of morphological changes
throughout ontogeny and how paleohistory
reflects these changes.
2002: Matthew C. Lamanna
– University of Pennsylvania
used the funds to compile an all-inclusive database of tetrapod
occurrence on Southern Hemisphere landmasses in pursuit of his doctoral
dissertation. He intends this to be a definitive analysis of Late
Cretaceous terrestrial vertebrate paleobiogeography
2001: William E. Gottobrio
– Bryn Mawr College
William’s Master’s thesis examined the morphology,
position and size of the septal construction and
sutural outline in a successful order of Upper
Devonian ammonoids which abruptly went extinct
at the end of the Devonian period.
2000: David B. Cassenti –
David’s doctoral research developed a working model of
mass extinction incorporating origination and extinction of groups.
Then the model was compared to several extinction theories, including
periodicity and global warming effects on fauna.
1999: No scholarship awarded
1998: Katherine L. Davis and Allison R. Tumarkin – University of Delaware
Katherine’s doctoral research focused on identifying geochemical
features in bivalve shells and distinguishing fossilization influences
from natural shell growth variations.
Allison’s doctoral research involved a comparative
study of fracture repair in modern versus fossil vertebrates.
1997: Joshua B. Smith – University of Pennsylvania
DVPS awards grants at the discretion of the Officers. Since 1999,
over $8500 has been awarded. Past recipients of these grants are:
2013: Dr. David Broussard, Lycoming College: Research fish scales found at the Red Hill site 2012:
Dr. Kenneth Lacovara, Drexel University: Inversand Project
– Cretaceous-aged marl pit located in Mantua township, NJ 2011:
Friends of the NJ State Museum: Inversand Project –
Cretaceous-aged marl pit located in Mantua township, NJ 2010: Doug Rowe, Red Hill Museum, North Bend, PA: Purchase of camera equipment for the museum 2009: Hamburg Natural History Society, Hamburg NY: Donation to their building fund 2002: Aurora Fossil Museum, Aurora, NC: Purchase materials for museum renovation 2001: Doug Rowe, Red Hill Museum, North Bend, PA: Purchase materials for museum ceiling 1999:
Matt Lamanna and Josh Smith, University of Pennsylvania:
Support a group from UPenn searching for dinosaurs in the
Egyptian desert. 1983:
Dr. Peter Dodson, University of Pennsylvania: Recovery of the type species of Avaceratopsis lammersi in Montana