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Nomination Process

Any active member of AFE or SAFE can submit a nomination. Please see specific requirements below and send nominations by email to AFE Awards Committee Chair, Dr. Brian Oswald.


2018 Nomination Deadline:

Nominations for 2018 are due April 15, 2018. Awards will be presented at the Fire Continuum Conference in Missoula, Montana at the evening event on May 23. 


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. The contribution may be in research, teaching, service, or a combination of these areas. 


Lifetime Achievement Awards are given in three categories: 

  • Biswell Award: Awarded to individuals who primarily work in ecosystems found in  western United States or in similar ecosystems internationally. This award is named after Harold Biswell, longtime faculty member at the University of California-Berkeley.
  • Stoddard Award: Awarded to individuals who primarily work in ecosystems found in the eastern United States or in similar ecosystems internationally. This award is named after the long-time prescribed fire advocate for longleaf pine management Herbert Stoddard, Sr.
  • Wright Award: For those who primarily work in grasslands and shrublands in the United States and internationally. This award is named after Henry Wright of Texas Tech University.


The nominator of a Lifetime Achievement Award must provide:

  • Rationale for the nominee to receive the award (two pages or less) 
  • Biosketch for the nominee (may be included in the rationale letter or separate)  
  • Curriculum vitae for the nominee


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)
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