Nomination Process

Any active member of AFE or SAFE can submit a nomination.  Nominations for all awards should be sent by email to AFE Board of Directors President Dr. Brian Oswald

Lifetime Achievement Awards

Nominations for the Biswell, Stoddard, and Wright Awards should be for people who have made a significant, lifetime contribution to the field of fire ecology and management in the United States. The contribution may be in research, teaching, service, or a combination of these areas.  The award for individuals whose primary work environment was in the western United States is named after Harold Biswell, longtime faculty member at the University of California-Berkeley. For those in the eastern United States, the award is named after the long-time prescribed fire advocate for longleaf pine management Herbert Stoddard, Sr.  For the grasslands and shrublands, the award is named after Henry Wright of Texas Tech University.

The nominator of a Lifetime Achievement Award must provide the rationale for the nominee to receive the award in two pages or less.   A Biosketch is also required, which may be included in the letter or separate.  As well, please submit a Curriculum Vitae with your nomination.

Student Excellence Awards

Criteria for the Graduate Award:

  • Academics: Must have 3.5 or better G.P.A. in all graduate work
  •  Research: The individual must demonstrate a contribution to the field of fire ecology such as papers/articles which have been written/published, presentation/speeches given at conferences, etc. in ongoing or completed research in the field of fire ecology, fire behavior, or fire effects.
  •  Education and Activities in Fire Ecology: This includes involvement in fire ecology organization/activities (fire crew member, nominated/elected SAFE officer, active member in other fire ecology related organizations) and academic course work related to fire ecology and fire behavior (examples include S-Classes and university level fire ecology or fire science classes)
  •  Leadership: An active member who is involved in their local SAFE chapter with a desire for further education in the field of fire ecology and promotes the involvement of others.

Criteria for the Undergraduate Award:

  • Academics: Must have 3.0 or better cumulative G.P.A.
  •  Education and Activities in Fire Ecology: This includes involvement in fire ecology organization/activities (fire crew member, nominated/elected SAFE officer, active member in other fire ecology related organizations) and academic course work related to fire ecology and fire behavior (examples include S-Classes and university level fire ecology or fire science classes)
  •  Leadership: An active member who is involved in their local SAFE chapter with a desire for further education in the field of fire ecology and promotes the involvement of others.

For both student awards, the following must be submitted with the nomination:

  • Two letters of recommendation. One must be from a university faculty member or SAFE Chapter adviser.
  •  A letter from the nominating person stating why the student deserves this recognition and what the individual’s contribution and potential contributions to the field of fire ecology are. The letter must be between 300 and 500 words.
  •  A concise, 1-2 page resume that addresses the award selection criteria and summarizes the student’s background and the objectives of their educational program and career plans.
  •  A current transcript (unofficial is fine).