OBFS Human Diversity Committee
The OBFS Human Diversity Committee promotes and encourages activities, programs and approaches that increase the involvement and engagement of underrepresented groups in field science.
OBFS Human Diversity Award
Founded in 2007, The OBFS Human Diversity Award provides recognition for unique activities, programs, or approaches (funded or unfunded) that increases the involvement, engagement, and sustainability of underrepresented groups in field science.
Broadly speaking, underrepresented groups in field science may include, but are not limited to, ethnic minorities (blacks, Hispanics, Asians, Native Americans, etc.), women, inner-city youth, disadvantaged rural communities, K-12 groups, tribal colleges, community colleges, undergraduate institutions with small programs, and citizen monitoring programs. Promoting Human Diversity may be accomplished by disseminating materials and using, rearranging, or creating infrastructure to facilitate transitions between the field and classroom. Activities should stimulate both applied and individualized approaches to experiential scientific learning.
We will also recognize stations that demonstrate how retention and application of new scientific concepts are promoted to facilitate further discovery and increase scientific dialog among diverse user groups. This may include a pedagogy for the basic knowledge needed by underrepresented groups to address the current challenges in environmental and natural resources management and research at all educational levels (K-12, undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education).
The winning station receives a permanent plaque, an award letter that can be included in proposals, promotional materials, etc., and a second traveling OBFS plaque that notes the annual winning stations.
The nomination deadline is April 24, 2016. We are looking for self-nominations from stations as well as nominations of activities, programs, and stations that have impressed you regarding their human diversity impact. We strongly encourage resubmissions from past applicants who have not won.
Application deadline is May 15, 2016. Send nominations and application materials to email@example.com.
2015 Powdermill Nature Reserve
2014 Harvard Forest
2013 Hawai'i Experimental Tropical Forest (HETF)
2012 Grace Grossman Youth Collaborative, University of Massachusetts Boston Nantucket Field Station
2011 Sagehen Creek Field Station's Adventure Risk Challenge Summer Literacy & Leadership Program