Applications for the 2021 ISAZ Penny L. Bernstein Human-Cat Interaction Student Abstract Award are now closed.

Penny L. Bernstein was a beloved member of ISAZ since its inception in 1991. Sadly, she passed away shortly before the annual conference in 2012.  Penny was an associate professor at Kent State University where she taught biology and animal behavior for over 20 years.  She was a longtime member and coordinator for the Animal Behavior Society in addition to her involvement in ISAZ.

As an anthrozoologist and animal behaviorist, Penny’s primary interest was in relationships with domestic cats.  She is fondly remembered for her kindness, good humor, as well as her love of the feline species.

This award will be given in memory of Penny for a student project on human relationships with domestic cats to be given at the ISAZ conference.

The 2021 award will reimburse the cost of registration ($35) and annual membership ($75) to support the presentation of a student’s human-cat interaction related research at the 2021 ISAZ Conference.

Applications due:  February 21, 2021 at 5:00 PM (PST)

Award announced at the end of the conference

Criteria for Penny L. Bernstein Human-Cat Interaction Student Abstract Award:

  1. Students must be current ISAZ student members.
  2. Preference will be given to students who have not received previous support from ISAZ in the past 2 years.
  3. Students must be the presenting author on a 2021 conference presentation or poster focusing on human-domestic cat interactions.

As this is a merit award, recipients will be selected based on extent of ISAZ involvement and quality of their abstracts.

Please direct questions to


Takumi Nagasawa

Tokyo University of Agriculture


Kris Hill

University of Exeter