Buell & Braun Awards

Murray F. Buell Award and E. Lucy Braun Award

Murray F. Buell had a long and distinguished record of service and accomplishment in the Ecological Society of America. Among other things, he ascribed great importance to the participation of students in meetings and to excellence in the presentation of papers. To honor his selfless dedication to the younger generation of ecologists, the Murray F. Buell Award for Excellence in Ecology is given to a student for the outstanding oral paper presented at the ESA Annual Meeting. Lucy Braun, an eminent plant ecologist and one of the charter members of the Society, studied and mapped the deciduous forest regions of eastern North America and described them in her classic book, The Deciduous Forests of Eastern North America. To honor her, the E. Lucy Braun Award for Excellence in Ecology is given to a student for the outstanding poster presentation at the ESA Annual Meeting.

A candidate for these awards must be an undergraduate, a graduate student, or a recent doctorate not more than 9 months past graduation at the time of the meeting. The paper or poster must be presented as part of the program sponsored by the Ecological Society of America, but the student need not be an ESA member. To be eligible for these awards the student must be the sole or senior author of a contributed talk or poster. Papers and posters will be judged on the significance of ideas, creativity, quality of methodology, validity of conclusions drawn from results, and clarity of presentation. While all students presenting a contributed talk or poster are encouraged to participate, winning papers and posters typically describe fully completed projects. The students selected for these awards will be announced in the ESA Bulletin following the Annual Meeting. A certificate and a check for $500 will be presented to each recipient at the following ESA Annual Meeting. The student will also receive up to $700 for travel expenses to the Annual Meeting.

 

How To Apply – Updated February, 2019

Download application

To apply, download and complete the application form and email it to awards@esa.org.  Award applications are due on Thursday, April 18, 2019 by 5:00 PM Eastern (2:00 PM Pacific).

Buell/Braun who cancel their presentation should also notify the Buell Braun coordinator at awards@esa.org.

Request for Judges for the Murray F. Buell Award and E. Lucy Braun Award

Judges are needed to evaluate candidates for the Murray F. Buell Award and the E. Lucy Braun Award at every Annual Meeting. Each candidate will be assigned at least four judges with expertise in the specific subject of the presentation. Each judge is asked to evaluate 3-5 papers and/or posters. Current students are not eligible to judge. This is a great way to become involved in an important ESA activity. We need your help to make sure all of the candidates are fairly evaluated! If you would be willing to judge presentations please let us know by sending an email to buellbraun@esa.org.

See instructions at the top of the page for how to prepare nomination, with further queries directed to Phoebe Zarnetske, plz@msu.edu, Chair, Murray F. Buell Award and E. Lucy Braun Award Subcommittee.