The Boone and Crockett Club has established an award to formally acknowledge the most outstanding achievements of Boone and Crockett Fellows. The award highlights and strengthens the connection between students and the Boone and Crockett Club that supports them. The Club hopes the award will motivate new Boone and Crockett Fellows to achieve the highest standards as they aspire to match or exceed the accomplishments of students who have come before them. The award is complimentary to other efforts initiated by the Club to help students see a broader purpose for their research and instill a deeper understanding of the Club’s mission and strategic vision.
Background:The Boone and Crockett Club promotes a system of governance in North America where natural resource policy decisions are informed by strong, credible science. As part of achieving this broad-based goal, the Club has invested considerable resources in its University Programs to generate credible science on important natural resource issues and train future conservation leaders. The success of this important work hinges on the efforts of Boone and Crockett Endowed Professors and other Professional Members within academia to invest in selecting, mentoring and training graduate students. These graduate students in turn devote countless hours to research and education that furthers the Club’s mission and helps the Club be more effective in advocating sound natural resource policy.
The Award:One award will be presented annually to the Fellow judged to have made the most significant contribution to the Boone and Crockett Club through conduct of their graduate research. The award shall be presented at the annual Boone and Crockett Club Meeting and the recipient will be expected to deliver a presentation on the major findings and implications of their research to Club membership during a luncheon. The award itself shall comprise a befitting plaque, a letter of commendation from the Club President, a $500 cash award, and sponsored travel to the annual meeting.
- Applicants must be Boone and Crockett Club Fellows pursing either M.S. or Ph.D. programs of study
- Applicants shall be in the final stages of graduate research such that the body of work can be satisfactorily judged and interpreted
- Applicants must have the explicit support of the Boone and Crockett Professor or Professional Member who is advising them in their graduate program
- Relevance - How does the research align with the Boone and Crockett Club’s mission and Strategic Plan?
- Significance - To what extent does the research have implications for informing key natural resource management and policy decisions in North America?
- Quality - What is the quality of the research in terms of scientific and academic rigor?
- Leadership, Communication, and Outreach - To what extent has the Fellow served as a role model for other Fellows and exhibited leadership in wildlife conservation?
- How effectively has the Fellow communicated findings to other scientists, Club members, and stakeholders?
Award Selection Committee:
- The award selection committee shall comprise three Regular Members and three Professional Members of the Boone and Crockett Club.
- Regular and Professional Members may nominate themselves or other members and selection committee membership will be determined by the University Programs Committee.
- Award selection committee members may serve up to 5 years.
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You will need to include the following information with your submission:
- Your full legal name
- Trophy ID number, which can be find on your acceptance letter.
- Final score
- Location of kill, which can be found on your acceptance certificate.
If this information is not included your photo will not be processed.
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NOTE: Only field photographs from trophies that have been entered and accepted in the Boone and Crockett Club's Big Game Awards Program will be reviewed.
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