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AFE Awards: Nomination Process



Any active member of AFE or SAFE can submit a nomination for an AFE Award. Please see specific requirements below and complete the online nomination from. 


Nominations for 2019 awards are due August 15, 2019; awards will be presented at the 8th International Fire Ecology and Management Congress in Tucson, AZ this November.


Online Nomination Forms

Lifetime Achievement Awards

Student Excellence Awards


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.

Click here to submit a nomination. Please have the following information prepared to submit:  

  • Nominator and nominee contact information
  • Curriculum vitae or resume for the nominee (PDF)
  • Nomination letter with rationale for why the nominee should receive the award (PDF, 2 pages or less)
  • Short biosketch for the nominee (150-200 words)


Student Excellence Awards

The Student Association for Fire Ecology presents Student Excellence awards to recognize undergraduate and graduate students who demonstrate great service and potential as a professional in the field of fire ecology.


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.

Click here to submit a nomination. For both student awards, the following must be submitted with the nomination:

  • Nominator and nominee contact information
  • A current transcript (unofficial is fine)
  • CV/Resume that addresses the award selection criteria, summarizes the student’s background, and describes the objectives of their educational program and career plans (PDF format, 1-2 pages)
  • Nomination letter with rationale for why the nominee should receive the award and describing the individual’s contribution and potential contributions to the field of fire ecology (PDF format, 1 page)
  • Letter of recommendation from a university faculty member or SAFE Chapter Adviser (PDF format, 1 page)
  • Short biosketch for the nominee (150-200 words)
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