The Marion Jenkinson Service Award is given to an individual who has performed continued extensive service to the AOS, including holding elected offices but emphasizing volunteered contributions and committee participation. The award honors Marion Jenkinson Mengel, who served the AOU as Treasurer and in other capacities for many years. Past recipients who are at this meeting include Jim Herkert, Spencer Sealy, John Fitzpatrick, Ross Lien, and Jay Sheppard. The officers of the AOS select the awardee on behalf of the society. The award consists of a framed certificate and an honorarium.
The 2018 award is presented to Nick Mason. Nick recently completed his Ph.D. at Cornell University and is a postdoc at UC Berkeley. So all of his extensive service to the societies occurred while he was a student member. Nick’s contributions at such an early stage of his career are extraordinary, and have benefitted both student and non-student members alike. Beginning with service on the Student Affairs committee in 2012, Nick has been responsible for a number of popular innovations at AOS meetings, and for the overall success of this committee’s work. Moreover, Nick has contributed to the Collections Committee, Student Systematics Group, Checklist Committee, Meetings Committee and the Membership Committee.
In recognition of his outstanding and diverse service to the AOS and earlier ornithological societies, the society is proud to name Dr. Nicholas A. Mason as the recipient of the 2018 Marion Jenkinson Service Award.