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Society Awards

The SWS awards program strives to acknowledge outstanding contributors in wetland science and service and looks to honor those who have made a major impact in the field. This award program not only honors award recipients, but also creates awareness of the progress and leadership that takes place within the field. Awards are presented each year at the SWS Annual Meeting. Interested in recognizing a fellow colleague for their work? Check out the awards below! 

We will be accepting nominations for the following awards for 2017:  

  • The Fellow Award
  • The Lifetime Achievement Award
  • The Merit Award
  • The International Travel Award
  • Journalism Fellow Award

All 2017 award nominations were due February 12, 2017 and the application site is now closed. Please return next year to apply.

All nominations and questions should be directed to the SWS Award Committee Chair, Mal Gilbert.

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Fellow Award

The Fellow Award is the highest recognition of membership bestowed by the Society. Nominees must be active SWS members who have been nominated by other active members to receive the honor, recommended by the Fellows Committee and elected by the SWS Board of Directors. Please refer to the procedures for nominating SWS Fellows, which are available by clicking here.

Past Winners

Lifetime Achievement Award

The Lifetime Achievement Award honors individuals who have achieved special distinction in their career through contributions to wetland science and management, specific to research, education or policy. The award also comes with a Lifetime membership in the Society. A nomination letter, two supporting letters, and a resume are required for each nomination.

2017 Lifetime Achievement Award Nomination Form

Past Winners

Merit Award

The Merit Award recognizes individuals for specific accomplishments in any field of wetland science and management in order to inspire future efforts. The award comes with a three-year membership in the Society. A letter outlining the specific achievement, two supporting letters, and a resume are required for each nomination.

Past Winners

International Travel Award

The International Travel Awards are provided for financial assistance to wetland scientists, who are disadvantaged through regional economic conditions, to enhance their participation in Society activities. The goal of this award is to foster participation of the international membership through a travel grant to an annual meeting and free membership for three years in SWS. Two letters of recommendation, a CV, a submitted abstract and a proposed itinerary and budget are required at the time of application.

Past Winners

Journalism Fellow Award

The Journalism Fellow Award will be granted to one print, broadcast or multimedia journalist from around the country, who is passionate about the correlation between water, wetlands and environmental news. It will assist with travel, lodging and field trip expenses for the duration of the meeting, up to $1,000. The recipient will also receive a $1,000 stipend upon publication or broadcast of a major fellowship project. Nominations for this award will open again in 2018.

Past Winners

International Fellow Award

The International Fellow Award is presented to an internationally outstanding wetland scientist for distinguished contributions to the field of wetland science and for fostering the aims of the SWS within their own country and abroad. Except for extraordinary circumstances, candidates should live and work outside of the United States. A nomination letter, two supporting letters and a resume are required for each nomination. Nominations for this award will open again in 2018.

Past Winners

President’s Service Award

The President's Service Award recognizes those members who have made significant contributions by serving the Society and its members. Recipients of the Service Award have promoted the goals of the Society in their efforts that extend above and beyond their duties as teachers, researchers, and administrators.

Past Winners

Doug Wilcox Award

The Doug Wilcox Award for Outstanding Associate Editor of Wetlands is awarded each year based on the recommendation of the Editor-in-Chief of Wetlands.

Past Winners

Sponsors and Endowment Award

The Sponsors and Endowment Award is presented to individuals, organizations, or corporations in recognition of financial sponsorship or endowment of Society activities.

Past Winners

Best Student Paper and Presentation

The Best Student Paper and Poster Presentation Award is given to promote student participation at the Society's meetings and to recognize excellence in the presentation of posters and papers.

Past Winners

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