Paul Bond Scholarship

2022 Paul Bond Scholarship

Sponsored by Delaware Valley Paleontological Society and The Philadelphia Foundation


The Paul Bond Scholarship Fund was established by DVPS in 1994 in memory of Paul N. Bond to honor his commitment to paleontological study and to show the respect in which he was held by all that knew him. Paul was a charter member of the Society and served on the board of directors and as a vice-president.


The Delaware Valley Paleontological Society (DVPS) - Paul Bond Scholarship provides funds for tuition or other educational expenses such as field work, research or data analysis to a graduate student in the Delaware Valley region who is actively pursuing a graduate degree in paleontology.


Must be actively pursuing a graduate degree in the field of Paleontology at a college or university within the Delaware Valley


The Fund makes a annual award of $1,500 being awarded in May of 2022. This is a one-time award for each recipient. The recipient is encouraged to give a short presentation to the DVPS membership.

How to Apply:

Click the following link to obtain instructions. Applications must be postmarked by 1 March 2022, All applicants will be notified of the Committee’s decision. The award will be announced at Society’s May 2022 meeting.

To apply for the Scholarship click the following link to obtain the application form (google doc) or here for a pdf.


If you would like to make a donation to the Paul Bond Scholarship Fund by Paypal, please use the Paypal link below.

Here are the recent winners:

2020 Grace Ann Goetcheus

2019 Steve Schulze

2018 Erynn Johnson

2017: Aja Carter University of Pennsylvania

Aja’s doctoral research examines the obstacle crossing ability of basal actinopterygians and testing vertebral column function in stem tetrapods using biomimetic models.

2016: Kristyn Voegele Drexel University.

Kristyn’s doctoral research involves at recovering collagen from a Thoracosaurus specimen found at Rowan Fossil Park.

2014: Zachary Boles – Drexel University

Zachary’s doctoral research focuses on main fossiliferous layer at Inversand.

2012: Joseph Frederickson - Temple University

Joseph’s doctoral research used cladistic analysis of craniofacial characteristics to determine the growth pattern of Centrosaurus apertus.

2010: Eric Morschhauser – University of Pennsylvania

Eric’s doctoral research focuses on phylogenetic placement of Auroraceratops among the basal neocertopsian dinosaurs by studying the similarities and differences between recently found Chinese specimens and other museum specimens.

2008: Emma Schachner – University of Pennsylvania

Emma’s doctoral research focuses on respiratory biology of theropod dinosaurs by examining specimens of Chirostenotes pergracili, a Late Cretaceous oviraptor. She will also examine the anatomy of Poposaurus gracilis and its place in the evolution of rauisuchian archosaurs.

2007: No scholarship awarded

2006: Domenic D’Amore – Rutgers University

Domenic’s doctoral thesis quantitatively assess the functional morphology modern lizard dentition and apply the principles to MesozoicArchosauria in order to recreate their feeding dynamics.

2005: No scholarship awarded

2004: Doreena M. Patrick - University of Pennsylvania

Doreena’s doctoral thesis involved the analyzing the signatures of rare earth elements in fossil vertebrates in order to determinepaleoenvironmental conditions and stratigraphy.

2003: Merrilee F. Geunther – University of Pennsylvania

Her master's thesis research was on embryonic hadrosaurs from the Devil's Coulee in the Oldman Formation of Alberta. She wants to continue her career further exploring the themes of morphological changes throughout ontogeny and how paleohistory reflects these changes.

2002: Matthew C. Lamanna – University of Pennsylvania

Matt used the funds to compile an all-inclusive database of tetrapod occurrence on Southern Hemisphere landmasses in pursuit of his doctoral dissertation. He intends this to be a definitive analysis of Late Cretaceous terrestrial vertebrate paleobiogeography on Gondwana.

2001: William E. Gottobrio – Bryn Mawr College

William’s Master’s thesis examined the morphology, position and size of the septal construction and sutural outline in a successful order of Upper Devonian ammonoids which abruptly went extinct at the end of the Devonian period.

2000: David B. Cassenti – Rutgers University

David’s doctoral research developed a working model of mass extinction incorporating origination and extinction of groups. Then the model was compared to several extinction theories, including periodicity and global warming effects on fauna.

1999: No scholarship awarded

1998: Katherine L. Davis and Allison R. Tumarkin – University of Delaware

Katherine’s doctoral research focused on identifying geochemical features in bivalve shells and distinguishing fossilization influences from natural shell growth variations.

Allison’s doctoral research involved a comparative study of fracture repair in modern versus fossil vertebrates.

1997: Joshua B. Smith – University of Pennsylvania

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