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PARC Increasing Profession Advancement (PIPA) Award
PIPA Award Description: To recruit and support members from all backgrounds, particularly those from historically minoritized and intersectional backgrounds, PARC DEITT created the PARC Increasing Professional Advancement (PIPA) award in 2020. Each year, PARC DEITT reassesses the status of DEI in the field of conservation and herpetology and adjusts the PIPA eligibility requirements accordingly. In 2022, the award will focus on applicants who self-identify as a member of a racialized minority group. All eligible applicants (see Eligibility Criteria below) for a given region will be entered into a lottery for determining awardees.

Award Benefits: Recipients of the award will be provided up to $500 to attend a regional PARC meeting of their choice. The awardee will also be provided with personalized mentorship and networking support before and at the meeting they attend. Mentor-mentee discussions will include discussing awardees’ goals for attending PARC meetings, expanding their career networks, etc. Depending on the regional budget, multiple recipients may be selected. If awarded, a current mailing address will be requested and award money will be sent to applicants after the meeting (exceptions can be made for awardees who demonstrate a need to obtain award money prior to the meeting). Awardees will have full discretion over what portions of their application will or will not be publicly shared (e.g. announcements at the meeting, on social media, or on PARC’s website).

Eligibility Criteria:  Applicants must 1) be interested in the conservation of amphibians and/or reptiles, 2) self-identify as a member of a racialized minority group, and 3) a United States citizen or resident alien. Individuals cannot apply if they have already received the PIPA.  If you have any questions, please contact Marilyn Sobel or Grover Brown at  The deadline for applying is August 10, 2022.
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Applicants must self-identify as a member of a racialized minority group. Please list aspect(s) of your identity that make you eligible for this award. NOTE - this information will remain confidential within the selection panel. *
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