The Great Plains Natural Science Society has established a student research award in honor of Kevin Honness, who's remarkable outlook on life and passion for wildlife was an inspiration to everyone who knew him. The Honness Scholarship will be awarded each year (30 April) to a student member of the Great Plains Natural Science Society. Two awards, one for graduate students and one for undergraduate students ($250 each), are currently available for the 2015-2016 academic year; preference will be given to students conducting research in the Great Plains. Applications will be accepted each year from 1 November until 31 March.
Kevin Honness worked professionally for 20 years in federal and non-governmental roles in Africa and throughout the United States on bighorn sheep, wolves, and as a fisheries biologist. From 1998 to 2008, Kevin worked for the Turner Endangered Species Fund as a field biologist focused on restoring a self-sustaining population of swift fox to the mixed-grass prairies of South Dakota. His most recent endeavor was working toward a Ph.D. in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences at South Dakota State University. Kevin was devoted to the conservation of imperiled wildlife species and his tireless contribution to the swift fox recovery was his life's work.
Students interested in applying should fill out an Application Form and return it along with an unofficial copy of transcripts, CV, and one letter of recommendation to:
Dr. Jonathan Jenks
The Great Plains Natural Science Society
410 Sunset Lane
Brookings, SD 57006
Scholarship application materials can returned by email to Dr. Jenks.
Graduate Student Award
2015 - Lily Sweikert. Research: Human dimensions of habitat loss in the Plains and Prairie Pothole Ecoregion.
2014 - Shubham Datta. Research: Breeding ecology of ferruginous hawks and golden eagles in north-central and western South Dakota.
2013 - Cari-Ann Hayer. Research: Fish assemblage structure, trophic ecology, and potential effects of invading Asian carps in Missouri River tributaries, South Dakota.
Undergraduate Student Award
2015 - Austin Wieseler. Research: Prevalence of mycoplasma ovipneumoniae antibody titers and genetic diversity of Bighorn sheep populations with known pathogen shedding histories.