Summary of grant

WAC offers up to three student research grants per year, in accordance with the availability of WAC funds, with each award up to US$1,000. This grant-in-aid aims to facilitate copepod research, including – but not limited to – research supplies, field work, course/workshop attendance, visiting collections, etc.

We successfully ran the first student grant program in 2023. We had twelve outstanding applications from all over the world and funded three projects. The winners are listed below.  We hope to make this an annual program.

2023 student grant winners

Aarón García Bernal, Posgrado en Ciencias del Mar y Limnologia, UNAM
Epigenetics adaptations to hypoxia in the harpacticoid copepod Amphiascoides atopus.

Alexander Dindial, University of Stirling
Modulation of the transcriptome of an Atlantic salmon epithelial cell line by the secretory and excretory products of the copepod ectoparasite Lepeophtheirus salmonis.

Alexandra Hahn, GEOMAR Helmholtz Center for Ocean Research Kiel
Interspecies Transcriptomics Facilitate the Understanding of Salinity Tolerance in Baltic Sea Copepods.

Application requirements

  • Applicant must be a WAC member at the time of application.
  • Applicant must be enrolled in an undergraduate, Masters, or PhD program.
  • Applications are due November 1st (recipients will be notified by November 30th).

Grant recipient requirements

  • Submit a short (1-2 paragraph) statement introducing the student and their proposed project, which may be featured on WAC social media and website.
  • Submit a brief final report (up to 2 pages) at the completion of the project (no later than one year after the award is made). This report should include notable outcomes, major findings, interpretation of any new results, and a list of any presentations and publications resulting from the award. The report will also include a budget reconciliation with receipts for expended funds.
  • Acknowledge “The World Association of Copepodologists” in presentations and publications arising from the funded work. Publications should be submitted to the Virtual Copepod Library.
  • PDFs and links to any publications resulting from this award should be sent to so we may showcase your work on our website and social media pages (e.g., WAC Twitter account @copepodology).
  • Give a presentation, if possible, at the next International Conference on Copepoda (ICOC) meeting.