The Kaufman Award was established with a substantial gift by anonymous patrons with the goal of supporting field-based ecological research, conducted in the grasslands of the Great Plains states and/or Canada Prairie Provinces by graduate student (MS or PhD) members of the American Society of Mammalogists (ASM), focusing on native mammals with a preference given to research focused on rodents and/or shrews. See “Grants & Awards” tab for further details. A single $2,500 award is available annually to qualified students enrolled in a MS or PhD program. The nationality of the applicant is not considered in reviewing applications, and students do not need to be enrolled in graduate programs in the United States.