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Awards

Below are the descriptions, procedures, and deadlines for our Section Awards. If you have questions, please contact the chair of the respective award.

Marvin E. Olsen Student Paper Award

The Marvin E. Olsen Student Paper Award recognizes outstanding papers presented by graduate students at the annual American Sociological meetings. In addition to recognition, recipients will receive a modest monetary award to help defray expenses associated with attending the ASA meetings. Nominees are limited to graduate students who are giving presentations at the year’s annual meetings. All members of the Section are invited to submit nominations for the award, together with supporting documentation. All members, including potential recipients, are encouraged to submit nominations. (The paper can be presented at any session or roundtable at ASA). The deadline for submitting papers is March 1, 2015. For more information, contact the chair of the award committee, Rachael Shwom-Evelich at shwomrac@rci.rutgers.edu.

Allan Schnaiberg Outstanding Publication Award

The Allan Schnaiberg Outstanding Publication Award is given in alternate years for publications of special noteworthiness in the field of environmental sociology. In alternate years publications are considered in either book or article form. This year the committee will consider books published within the period, January 1, 2012, through December 31, 2014. All members of the Section are encouraged to submit nominations; self-nominations are welcome. To nominate an article, please send a PDF copy along with a nomination letter by March 1, 2015. to Rachael Shwom-Evelich at shwomrac@rci.rutgers.edu.

Fred Buttel Distinguished Contribution Award

The Fred Buttel Distinguished Contribution Award is to recognize individuals for outstanding service, innovation, or publication in environmental sociology or sociology of technology. It is intended to be an expression of appreciation, to be awarded when an individual is deemed extraordinarily meritorious by the Section. All members of the Section are invited to submit nominations for the award, together with supporting documentation. Nominations for this award must be received by March 1, 2015.. To nominate an individual for this award, please send a letter of nomination describing the nominee's contribution to environmental sociology and/or the sociology of technology, accompanied by a copy of the nominee's CV, to the chair of the award committee, Richard York, at rfyork@uoregon.edu.

Robert Boguslaw Award for Technology and Humanism

The Robert Boguslaw Award for Technology and Humanism is conferred bi-yearly (every odd year) to a doctoral student or other young investigator who has obtained a Ph.D. in the past five years. The purpose of the award is to recognize work that investigates the relationship between technology and humanism or otherwise proposes innovative solutions to emerging social issues associated with technology. Unpublished papers or articles published within the period January 1, 2013, through December 31, 2014, are eligible. All members of the ASA and ETS Section are encouraged to submit nominations; self-nominations are welcome. To submit a nomination, please send the article and a nomination letter by March 1, 2015 to Kenneth Gould at kgould@brooklyn.cuny.edu.

The Environmental Sociology Teaching And Mentorship Award

The biennial Environmental Sociology Practice and Outreach Award, which is given in odd years, honors faculty members and other professional practitioners in the field of Environmental Sociology. The award recognizes the outstanding practice and outreach contributions of professionals not only in college and university positions, but also positions in journalism, government, service agencies, private sector environmental organizations, and non-profit environmental organizations. All members of the ASA and Section members are encouraged to submit nominations; self-nominations are welcome. Note that the Practice and Outreach Award is not necessarily a "lifetime achievement" award, so people with innovative projects/programs should consider submitting a nomination packet. Nomination packets should be scanned into a single PDF and submitted by email to Shannon Bell at shannon.eliz.bell@uky.edu by March 1, 2015.

Nomination packets should include the following:

  1. Letter of Nomination (If self-nomination, this should include description of the service project/program and should be limited to a maximum of 4 pages)

  2. Description of practice/outreach project/program (3 pages maximum, included ONLY if this is not a self-nomination)

  3. CV (with practice/outreach projects/programs highlighted, including related publications)

  4. Maximum of 5 letters of support (any mix of students, colleagues, community partners, including letter of nomination if not self-nominated)


Previous Award Winners


Marvin E. Olsen Student Paper Certificate Outstanding Publication Award Fred Buttel Distinguished Contribution Award

Note: Established in 1983 as the "Distinguished Contribution Award," the award was renamed to honor Fred Buttel in 2005

Robert Boguslaw Award for Technology and Humanism (given bi-yearly) ETS Teaching and Mentorship Award (given bi-yearly)