Call for applications: 2016 Boyd N. Lyon Scholarship

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The Ocean Foundation and The Boyd Lyon Sea Turtle Fund seek applicants for the Boyd N. Lyon Scholarship, for the academic year 2015-2016. This Scholarship was created in honor of the late Boyd N. Lyon, a true friend and respected researcher who had a unique passion for the study and preservation of the majestic sea turtle. In his effort to research and protect these creatures, he implemented a hand capturing method for tagging and studying turtles without using nets. This method, while not commonly used by other researchers, was the one Boyd preferred, since it enabled the capture of the rarely studied male sea turtles.

Applications are invited from Masters and PhD. level students that work and/or research in an area consistent with the Boyd Lyon Sea Turtle Fund’s mission to support field research projects that further our knowledge of sea turtle behavior and habitat use in the marine environment, as well as those projects that promote their management and conservation in coastal ecosystems. Applications to be considered must address questions from a wide range of fields in sea turtle research and conservation including, but not limited to, life history studies, oceanography, marine affairs, environmental sciences, public policy, community planning and natural resources. One merit-based award of $2,500 will be made to a student at the Masters level, or at the PhD. level in 2015.

Eligibility Criteria:

• Be a student enrolled in an accredited College or University (in the U.S. or internationally) during 2016. Graduate students (minimum 9 credits completed) are eligible. Both full and part time students are welcome to apply.

• Clearly demonstrate interest in enhancing our understanding of sea turtle behavior and conservation, habitat needs, abundance, spatial and temporal distribution, as well as contribution(s) to advancing the public interest in such issues, as evidenced by both of the following.

1. A major field of study pertaining to oceanography, marine affairs, environmental sciences, public policy, community planning or natural resources.

2. Participation in cooperative or independent research, environmental activities or work experience related to the above mentioned disciplines.

Recipient responsibilities:

• Write a letter to The Ocean Foundation Board of Directors explaining how this scholarship assisted your professional / personal growth; and document how the funds were utilized.

• Have your "Profile" (an article about you and your studies/research etc. as it pertains to sea turtles) published on the Ocean Foundation/Boyd Lyon Sea Turtle Fund website.

• Acknowledge The Ocean Foundation/ Boyd Lyon Sea Turtle Fund in any publication(s) or presentations that may result from research that the scholarship assisted in funding, and provide a copy of said article(s) to The Ocean Foundation.

The Ocean Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit public foundation and is the host of the Boyd Lyon Sea Turtle Fund dedicated to the those projects that enhance our understanding of sea turtle behavior and conservation, habitat needs, abundance, spatial and temporal distribution, and research diving safety.

For more information about the Boyd Lyon Sea Turtle Fund, and to download an application form please visit

Questions regarding the Boyd N. Lyon Scholarship should be addressed to

For more information about The Ocean Foundation, please see

(please go to to download the application)

Name: ____________________________________________________________
Affiliation: __________________________________________________
Social Security # _______________________ (does not pertain to non-US applicants)
E-mail address: __________________________________________
Mailing address: _____________________________________________________
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State: ________________________________ Zip Code: _______________
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Class standing in 2016 __ Masters __ PhD.
Major area of study: ______________________________________________
Names of references: Sponsor _______________________ Other __________________________________
Where did you hear about the Boyd N. Lyon Scholarship? _________________________________________

I certify that I meet the application qualifications for The Boyd N. Lyon Scholarship as described in the guidelines. Included with or following this application under separate cover are copies of my academic transcripts and 2 letters of reference.


Include in your application:

1. A completed application form (above)
2. A copy of your resume or CV
3. A research proposal (max 3 pages single spaced 12pt. font).  See below for more details:
4. Two (2) letters of reference; one from a sponsoring faculty member

Research Proposal Contents:

Your 3-page proposal should include project description, personal statement of career goals, and budget table). A literature cited section can be included, but does not need to be in the 3-page proposal.
• A project description (2 pages) should state the background of the particular research question being addressed, the goals of your research, methodologies pertaining to your research (please include proper safe capture and handling protocols into the methodology where relevant), expected outcomes, and plans for how results will be disseminated.
• A brief (1 paragraph) personal statement should describe your career goals as they pertain to marine environment issues.

• A budget describing specifically how the $2,500 will be used to support your research.

Completed application materials must be received by 15 January 2016; please submit applications electronically to and have your letters of reference sent to: The Ocean Foundation, 1320 19th Street NW, Suite 500, Washington, DC 20036.  Award announcements will be made by April 2016.
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