Applications for the 2020 ISAZ Penny L. Bernstein Human-Cat Interaction Student Travel Award are 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 2020 award will grant $250 to one student in support of his/her travel to the 2020 ISAZ Conference in Liverpool.

Applications due:  February 21, 2020

Award announced after abstract acceptance

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

  1. Students must be current ISAZ student members.
  2. Students must not be fully supported from another source for ISAZ conference travel.
  3. Preference will be given to students who have not received previous support from ISAZ in the past 2 years.
  4. Students must be the presenting author on a 2020 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, quality of presentation or poster abstract, and statement of need.

Application Procedure

Application Submission, a pdf file including both the below letter and the submitted abstract to the 2020 ISAZ Conference, must be submitted to by 5:00pm (PST) on February 21, 2020.

Applicants will submit a letter (1 page maximum, 12 pt. font, 1 inch margins, saved as a pdf file) with separate paragraphs using the following headings:

Personal information: name, contact information, name of college/university, degree program and area of study (e.g., Master’s Degree in Social Work), interest in anthrozoology.

Involvement in ISAZ: student membership, ISAZ involvement, title of presentation and/or poster submitted (attach copy of abstract), other involvement activities in ISAZ.

Confirmation statement: current ISAZ student membership, no grant or other full travel support for attending the ISAZ Conference.

Statement of need: need for conference travel assistance.


Kris Hill

University of Exeter