Student Excellence Awards

Austin Award For Graduate Student Excellence in Natural Science Research at the Florida Museum of Natural History

The Austin Award honors long-time Florida Museum of Natural History curator of ornithology, Oliver Austin. The award recognizes a University of Florida graduate student for excellence in research in the natural sciences. The student must be or must have been guided by a curator, collection manager, or research scientist at the Florida Museum of Natural History, and preference is given to those students who have spent a significant portion of their scholastic career doing research in the Florida Museum's programs and collections. Current students as well as former graduate students within one year of receiving their degree are eligible.

Applications are evaluated by the Florida Museum of Natural History University Teaching Committee. Preference is given to a student involved in whole organism, population, and ecosystem studies based on substantial research in the field and in the Florida Museum. The nomination should include the following:

  1. A letter from a Florida Museum sponsor (faculty/collection manager/research scientist) which clearly describes: a) the research completed while under the guidance of the Museum sponsor and its significance; b) the nominee’s contribution to and use of Museum collections/programs; c) any other meritorious activities of the nominee in association with the Florida Museum.
  2. The nominee's curriculum vitae and an optional, short (<1 page) statement from the nominee addressing the issues listed above.
  3. Copies of one to three publications that show evidence of research excellence and that are based at least in part on research conducted during the nominee’s time at the Florida Museum. Acceptable alternatives include a thesis or dissertation, or a paper that has been submitted or is in press.

Nominations for these awards are generally solicited from Florida Museum faculty and staff supervisors early in the Spring semester and nomations should be sent to the chair of the University Teaching Committee. All documents should be included as electronic attachments if possible.

 

Bullen Award For Student Excellence In Florida/Circum-Caribbean Anthropology Research at the Florida Museum of Natural History

The Bullen Award honors long-time Florida Museum of Natural History curator in archaeology, Ripley P. Bullen. The award recognizes a University of Florida undergraduate or graduate student for excellence in research in theanthropology of Florida or the Caribbean Basin, including the Caribbean islands, Mexico, Central America, and northern South America. The student must be or must have been guided by a curator, collection manager, or research scientist at the Florida Museum of Natural History, and preference is given to those students who have spent a significant portion of their scholastic career doing research in the Florida Museum's programs and collections. Current students as well as former students within one year of receiving their degree are eligible.

Applications are evaluated by the Florida Museum of Natural History University Teaching Committee. The nomination should include the following:

  1. A letter from a Florida Museum sponsor (faculty/collection manager/research scientist) which clearly describes: a) the research completed while under the guidance of the Museum sponsor and its significance; b) the nominee’s contribution to and use of Museum collections/programs; c) any other meritorious activities of the nominee in association with the Florida Museum.
  2. The nominee's curriculum vitae and an optional, short (<1 page) statement from the nominee addressing the issues listed above.
  3. Copies of one to three publications that show evidence of research excellence and that are based at least in part on research conducted during the nominee’s time at the Florida Museum. Acceptable alternatives include a thesis or dissertation, or a paper that has been submitted or is in press.

Nominations for these awards are generally solicited from Florida Museum faculty and staff supervisors early in the Spring semester and nomations should be sent to the chair of the University Teaching Committee. All documents should be included as electronic attachments if possible.