2012 Call for TWS Award Nominations

The Wildlife Society's Awards Program honors individuals and groups who have made notable contributions to TWS and wildlife management and/or conservation. Please help us recognize deserving recipients by submitting your nominations for these awards. Please refer to each award description for deadlines and instructions on preparing your nominations.

With the exception of the Wildlife Publication Award, send nomination materials to: The Wildlife Society - Awards Program, 5410 Grosvenor Lane, Bethesda, MD 20814 or by email to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it . All email nominations must be sent as a single PDF file.

Aldo Leopold Memorial Award

The highest honor bestowed by The Wildlife Society is the Aldo Leopold Memorial Award for distinguished service to wildlife conservation. The basic selection criterion is the significance of an individual’s contribution(s) to the wildlife field. Recipients receive a medal, plaque, and honorary membership in The Wildlife Society. The Aldo Leopold Memorial Award Committee needs your help.

This is an opportunity for you to participate in identifying and recognizing an individual who has made an enduring contribution to wildlife conservation. You are encouraged to consider individuals not only from our traditional professional realm, but also those who bring their skills and talents to wildlife conservation from across society and across the world. Each nomination should include a statement emphasizing the basis for determining “distinguished service to wildlife conservation,” a detailed resume, and no more than five supporting letters.Nominations of unsuccessful candidates remain in the candidate pool for a maximum of three years, unless the individual is renominated. The award is not given posthumously.

Please assist this year’s committee by submitting materials via email to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it as a single PDF file. If you send hard copies, please send seven copies of the nomination and complete supporting documentation by March 15, 2012.

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Caesar Kleberg Award for Excellence in Applied Wildlife Research

TWS' newest award recognizes those who have distinguished themselves in applied wildlife research. While the Aldo Leopold Award recognizes individuals for much broader contributions and is truly a lifetime achievement award, the Caesar Kleberg Award is focused on those whose body of work, in both inquiry and discovery, has resulted in application of management and conservation “on the ground.” The award is presented each year at the TWS Annual Conference and in addition to an award plaque and commemorative medal, it includes conference registration, travel expenses, and a small honorarium.

Award Criteria

  1. The nominee must have been a member of The Wildlife Society for much of his or her career.
  2. The nominee must have a sustained record of productivity in applied wildlife research. This award is intended to honor an individual’s record of applied research over a substantial period of time, rather than accomplishments involving a single research endeavor. The research must have had direct context and value for managing or conserving wildlife resources, with a focus on vertebrate species excluding fish. Any intellectual endeavors that result in acquired knowledge about wildlife and physical, biological, or social processes that affect wildlife are eligible for this award.
  3. The nominee’s research responds to or has potential application to high-priority needs in wildlife management and conservation.
  4. Applications from nominee’s research are realizing significant improvements in wildlife management or conservation, on-the-ground management practices, or wildlife policies, either by the researcher, wildlife managers, policy-makers, or other applied scientists or practitioners.
  5. The nominee has a national or international reputation for excellence in applied wildlife research.
  6. Heads of research organizations may be eligible for the award if they were intellectually involved in the research; i.e., contributed to the experimental design, analysis, and/or application of said research.

The award is not intended to honor the outstanding career accomplishments of research administrators or practitioners of wildlife management or conservation, for whom the Leopold Award is a better fit.

A nominee’s eligibility for the Kleberg Award will not be affected by other awards received from The Wildlife Society (e.g., Leopold Award, Honorary Member, and TWS Fellow).

Nominations Procedures
Nomination letters should include:

  1. The nominee’s point of contact with phone numbers and email address,
  2. Name and affiliation of nominee,
  3. Nomination statement,
  4. Nominee’s curriculum vitae, and
  5. Names and contact information for at least five references.

Materials for consideration should include a nomination statement that clearly outlines the nominee’s contributions to applied wildlife research, completely covering each of the five selection criteria listed above. The nomination statement must provide an explicit link between the nominee’s career and a cumulative track record relative to wildlife research findings, recognized success, and application of results that have high importance in the field of conservation and/or wildlife management. While a list of publications is useful, that alone will be insufficient.

Submission
Send one PDF file of the complete nomination package to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or mail five copies of the completed nomination package to: The Wildlife Society, Caesar Kleberg Applied Research Award, 5410 Grosvenor Lane, Bethesda, MD 20814. Materials cannot be returned. Deadline: March 15, 2012.

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Chapter and Student Chapter of the Year Awards

The Wildlife Society annually presents the Chapter of the Year and Student Chapter of the Year awards to encourage and recognize exceptional achievements by TWS Chapters. Winning chapters receive a plaque and their names are added to a permanent plaque on display at the Society’s headquarters. Student Chapters also receive a $1,000 travel grant to send a student delegation to the annual conference.

Chapters and student chapters are invited to nominate themselves for the award by completing the application form below. Please assist this year’s committee by submitting materials via email to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it as a single PDF file. If you send hard copies, please send six copies by March 15, 2012 for Chapter of the Year Award and by June 30, 2012 for Student Chapter of the Year Award.

Chapter of the Year Application Form: | Student Chapter of the Year Application Form

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Conservation Education Award

The Wildlife Society is accepting nominations for the 2012 Conservation Education Award in the category of “Audio-Visual Works.” This award gives recognition to an important kind of professional endeavor not covered by other honors of the Society. Conservation education covers a wide diversity of activity. It encompasses particular works of great merit and also programs representing sustained effort that can achieve great significance over the years. Presumably, any kind of effort that influences public opinion in a constructive manner might be honored in this way. The award encompasses the broad field of renewable resources conservation and management, but wildlife is expected to be the focus of nominated works.

This award may be given to an artist, photographer, lecturer, radio commentator, songwriter, film producer, computer programmer, or other creative worker whose accomplishments are outstanding in the dissemination of conservation knowledge to the public. The recipient can also be a group of people.

If you are submitting electronic nominations send materials via email to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it . If you are submitting hardcopies, mail eight copies of your nomination with supporting materials by March 15, 2012 to Yanin Walker, TWS, 5410 Grosvenor Lane, Bethesda, MD 20814. Materials cannot be returned.

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Donald H. Rusch Memorial Game Bird Research Scholarship

The Donald H. Rusch Memorial Game Bird Research Scholarship was established to honor the memory of Don Rusch and to continue his legacy by contributing to studies of game bird biology. Don was an avid hunter and angler with a keen interest in all aspects of game bird biology and conservation. He advocated the wise use of our wildlife resources, and emphasized the importance of scientific research to improve our understanding of wildlife populations and their conservation.

The award is presented annually to a graduate student studying any aspect of upland game bird or waterfowl biology and management. This year only Masters degree candidates in wildlife biology, zoology, ecology, or a related discipline at a university in North America, and must be a member of The Wildlife Society (TWS) are eligible.

Awards are based primarily upon project merit, but also consider the candidate’s academic achievement, field experience, and career interests. Research projects must be endorsed by the candidate’s academic advisor. The award is intended to benefit students who show promise as wildlife educators, researchers, or managers. A $2,000 scholarship will be presented at the 19th Annual Wildlife Society Conference in Hawaii.

Please assist this year’s committee by submitting materials via email to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it as a single PDF file. If you send hard copies, please submit seven copies of your nomination package. The nomination should include:

  • A cover letter indicating what influenced the applicant’s entry into the wildlife field, philosophy of the importance of hunting personally and professionally, and future career interests. Also submit a brief project description addressing the rationale for the study, the experimental methods, other cooperators and support, and estimated term of study (maximum 3 pages double-spaced);
  • A resume, including list of presentations and publications, and grade-point average (maximum 2 pages);
  • A letter of support from the student’s academic advisor. The letter should address the need for and the significance of the research, as well as provide a candid appraisal of the student.

All nominations must be received no later than March 15, 2012.

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Diversity Award

Are you or is someone you know involved in efforts to positively affect the gender and ethnic diversity of our profession and related fields? If so, TWS wants to recognize these important contributions to the future of wildlife conservation. The diversity award is intended to recognize individuals or organizations for their outstanding efforts in promoting ethnic and gender diversity in the natural resource-related professions, especially wildlife conservation and education. The award recognizes and honors promotion of and support for diversity in the workforce, academic enrollment, or organizational membership.

Nominations should be directed to the current committee chair (Sara Schweitzer, This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it ). Nominations can be submitted by a second party or can be self-nominated. Packages should include a letter of nomination and at least one letter of support from another source. The main letter of nomination should address how the nominee has excelled in one or more of the following pursuits:
  • Demonstrated leadership in promoting diversity;
  • Demonstrated innovation in design and implementation of diversity programs;
  • Achieved tangible results (e.g., recruitment, mentoring, funding, program implementation);
  • And may also include other relevant factors to further describe the impact and contribution of the nominee’s; accomplishments and the value of their efforts towards furthering diversity.

Nominations are due by March 15, 2012 and should include contact information for the primary nominator and for the supporting reference(s).

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Excellence in Wildlife Education Award


Call for Nominations

We are happy to announce new award that will celebrate exemplary teaching and contribute to the improvement of wildlife education by honoring individual faculty members. Eligible faculty should be actively engaged in undergraduate and/or graduate, wildlife-related education.

Criteria:
Nominees will be evaluated on the basis of a dossier documenting outstanding contributions to wildlife education. The dossier should provide specific evidence of outstanding performance in one or more—not necessarily all—of the 5 categories listed below:

  1. Teaching: direct contact with students in courses and programs and in co-curricular activities. Teaching activities include instructing groups of students in classes, seminars, and laboratories; and supervising individual activities, such as practicums, internships, field-learning experiences, tutorials, performances, exhibitions, and independent study - including supervision of undergraduate and graduate research projects. Evidence of, at least, campus-level recognition of teaching excellence is desirable.
  2. Advising: activities that aid individual students with course and major selection, career plans, and personal development, especially in ways that go beyond formal curricular advising; and those that provide guidance to student organizations or groups. Documentation should include information about accessibility to students, which ordinarily includes but is not limited to office availability. Evidence of recognition by the individual’s institution of the nominees advising excellence is desirable.
  3. Research Activities related to teaching and learning: such activities should be documented and discussed in terms of the relationship between these activities and the nominee's contributions to wildlife education. Peer-refereed publications related to education are desirable.
  4. Academic Program Development: such activities that contribute to the planning, design, or development of improvements in wildlife education. Contributions in this area might include new courses or a cluster of courses, and valuable programmatic innovations of any kind.
  5. Educational Leadership: extra-programmatic activities of any kind and at any level that constitute leadership and contribute substantially to wildlife education. Examples may include presenting papers, holding a position such as national or regional officer or program chair in a professional association, or being a member of a college committee which impacts the student educational experience.

Nomination Procedure

An electronic copy of nomination dossiers should be emailed to the Yanin Walker, the Awards Program Coordinator, at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it as a single PDF file by March 15, 2012. The primary responsibility for the success of this awards program rests with the nominator who solicits the assistance of the nominee and support-letter writers to complete the dossier.

Organization and Presentation of Dossiers:

To maintain a similar format among dossiers and facilitate efficient review, brevity is encouraged in assembling materials. Use 12-point font, one-inch margins, and 1.5 line spacing in preparing materials. Each dossier should be organized according to the following guidelines:

  1. Cover page with the nominee's name and college, name of nominator, and note that the nomination is for the EXCELLENCE IN WILDLIFE EDUCATION AWARD.
  2. A statement by the nominator of no more than three pages, presenting the full case for the nomination as well as summarizing the dossier, with specific reference to the criteria listed in these guidelines. This statement forms the basis of the nomination and is extremely important for the review process. The nominator should describe the nominee's qualifications and other relevant criteria, focusing on specific details. The aim of this statement is to set out a convincing case for the nominee's outstanding contributions to wildlife education.
  3. Personal statement by the candidate of no more than two pages addressing the criteria of the award and their impact on student learning.
  4. The candidate's curriculum vitae of no more than three pages organized according to the following rubric:
    Education
    Courses Taught
    Course, Program, and Curricular Development
    Service/Outreach/Engagement activities (related to teaching and learning)
    Publications and Grants (related to teaching and learning)
    Awards and Recognitions (related to teaching and learning)
  5. A numerical overview of student evaluations from courses taught in the last 5 years. Up to 1 additional page of assessment of student learning can be included.
  6. Four supporting letters; one from the nominee’s supervisor (if the supervisor is also the nominator, an additional letter can be included from either a colleague or student), one from a colleague, and two from former students. In all cases, authors are encouraged to cite specific examples in support of the case.

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Fellows Program

The Fellows Program recognizes members who have distinguished themselves through exceptional service to our profession. A maximum of two TWS Fellows per Section may be appointed annually, with an annual Society-wide total not to exceed 10, by vote of Council at the March meeting. Nominations can come from Sections, Chapters, or individual TWS members. Nominations must use the Fellows Program application form.

The nominees must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a TWS member (current) for at least 10 years;
  • Be active in TWS at Chapter, Section, or international level;
  • Have a distinguished professional record that includes significant contributions to wildlife resources and the profession.

TWS Fellows will be appointed for life and will be encouraged to engage in outreach and other activities that will benefit and promote TWS and the wildlife profession. Fellow appointments will be announced at the Society’s Annual Conference, and recipients will be presented with a pin and a certificate. Please assist this year’s committee by submitting materials via email to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it as a single PDF file. Nominations must be received by February 15, 2012.

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Group Achievement Award

The Wildlife Society’s Group Achievement Award recognizes an organization or group that accomplishes outstanding achievements to benefit wildlife consistent with advancing the objectives of The Wildlife Society. The organization or group selected for the award can be a private, state, or federal institution. Past award winners have included: the Quality Deer Management Association, the Wisconsin Sharp-tailed Grouse Society, the Wyoming Chapter of the Foundation for North American Wild Sheep, Oregon’s 4-H Wildlife Stewards Program, and the U.S. Furbearer Conservation Technical Working Group of the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies.

Nominations, with no more thanthree  letters of support attached, should describe the group, its objectives, number of members, and provide a concise statement of accomplishments within the past three years. Please assist this year’s committee by submitting materials via email to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it as a single PDF file. If you send hard copies, please send ten copies of the nomination by February 15, 2012.

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Honorary Membership

Honorary Membership in The Wildlife Society is intended to recognize continuous outstanding service in any area or areas of concern to the Society. Any practicing or retired wildlife professional who is a member of TWS and has made continuous valuable contributions to the wildlife profession over a long period of time is eligible for nomination.

Nominations should include:

  • Nominee’s full name, present position, address, and phone number;
  • Nominator’s and endorser’s names, addresses, and phone numbers;
  • A clear and concise statement justifying the nomination, including the specific nature, time, and place of the nominee’s outstanding service and accomplishments (address such criteria as difficulty, insight, scope, importance, acceptance, application, value, impact, and geographic scope of contributions);
  • At least three signed statements of endorsement.

Please assist this year’s committee by submitting materials via email to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it as a single PDF file. If you send hard copies, please send five copies of all nomination materials by March 15, 2012.

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Jim McDonough Award

Do you know a hard-working biologist who has made a significant contribution to the wildlife profession? Has that person received little recognition for his/her contribution? If so, you need to nominate him/her for the Jim McDonough Award. This award was created to recognize Certified Wildlife Biologists who are members of The Wildlife Society at chapter, section, and Society levels. Nominees for the Jim McDonough Award are biologists recognized by fellow workers as solid contributors to wildlife management, but who so far may have eluded receipt of major awards, citations, or prominent recognition.

Nominees for this award must be:

  • A member of The Wildlife Society, including active membership status in the respective Section and Chapter, if any, in which that individual resides;
  • A Certified Wildlife Biologist; and
  • A person who has made or is making a significant contribution to the wildlife profession. The individual must have made, or still be making, contributions that reflect well on professional wildlife biologists through program implementation and/or development of new techniques, procedures, or approaches.

A plaque and monetary award of up to $500 will be presented at the TWS annual conference. Nominations should include the nominee’s full name, present position, address, and phone number, plus nominator’s and endorser’s names, addresses, phone numbers, and a clear and concise statement justifying each nomination. Please assist this year’s committee by submitting materials via email to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it as a single PDF file. If you send hard copies, please send six copies of the nomination materials by March 15, 2012.

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Special Recognition Service Award

The Special Recognition Service Award honors any person (doesn’t have to be a member of TWS) or group that has made an outstanding contribution to the wildlife profession; the general areas of wildlife conservation, management, or science; or a specific area of endeavor, species, community, ecosystem, region, etc. Contributions over the short or long term are eligible for nomination for a Special Recognition Service Award.

Nominations should include:

  • Nominee’s full name, present position, address, and phone number;
  • Nominator’s and endorser’s names, addresses, and phone numbers;
  • A clear and concise statement justifying the nomination, including the specific nature, time, and place of the nominee’s outstanding service and accomplishments. Address such criteria as difficulty, insight, scope, importance, acceptance, application, value, impact, and geographic scope of contributions;
  • At least three signed statements of endorsement.

Please assist this year’s committee by submitting materials via email to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it as a single PDF file. If you send hard copies, please send eight copies of all nomination materials by March 15, 2012.

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Student Chapter Advisor of the Year Award

The Student Chapter Advisor of the Year Award recognizes exceptional mentorship by TWS student chapter advisors. Active and effective student chapters are needed to achieve The Wildlife Society’s goals and the advisor is the backbone of the chapter. Recipients receive a plaque. The award is presented annually to one student chapter advisor for exemplary contributions to the development of young professionals. Student chapters are invited to nominate their advisor for the award by completing the application form. Please assist this year’s committee by submitting materials via email to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it as a single PDF file. If you send hard copies, please submit eight copies by March 15, 2012.

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TWS Wildlife Publication Awards

The Wildlife Society’s Publication Awards Committee is now accepting nominations for the 2012 Wildlife Publication Awards. Works recognized by this award of excellence are scientific writing characterized by originality of research or thought and a high scholastic standard in the manner of presentation. Awards are given in the following categories: article, monograph, book, and editorship. Works published in 2009, 2010, and 2011 are eligible.

Research or management topics will be considered, but fisheries papers, compilations of selected articles, commentaries, and popular articles will not be considered. Publications from any scientific journal are eligible for the awards. Authors are encouraged to contact their publishers who usually are willing to provide books for nomination.

To submit a nomination, send a cover letter explaining why the work deserves an award along with a copy of the publication to each committee member by March 1, 2012:

Randy DeYoung, Chair
CKWRI
Texas A&M – Kingsville, MSC 218
700 University Blvd.
Kingsville, TX  78363

Melanie E. Bucci
9385 E. Star Water Drive
Tucson, AZ 85749

Jocelyn Aycrigg
1451 Magee Road
Genesee, ID 83832-9771

David Howerter
Ducks Unlimited Canada
PO Box 1160
Stonewall, MB R0C 2Z0
CANADA

Clayton (Clay) K. Nielsen
Kinetic Conservation Group
PO Box 330907
Nashville, TN 37203

Daniel Price
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
228 Fairview Street
Rusk, TX 75785

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