The William E. Bennett Award for Extraordinary Contributions to Citizen Science
About the Award
The William E. Bennett Award for Extraordinary Contributions to Citizen Science was established by NCSCE and named in honor of its first recipient for his lifetime contributions to citizen science. The first award was presented to its namesake at a ceremony on Capitol Hill on March 31, 2009. The William E. Bennett Award is awarded annually to an individual or team whose SENCER and other related activities have made exemplary and extraordinary contributions to citizen science.
In 2012, awards were given to a team of faculty from Roosevelt University and Dr. Marion Field Fass (pictured with William E. Bennett) of Beloit College. Full details of the work these faculty were honored for is available here.
The 2010 Bennett Award was given to a team of educators from Butler University who have been leaders on campus and in the SENCER community. Joseph Kirsch, professor of chemistry, accepted the award on behalf of his colleagues during the 2010 Capitol Hill Poster Session. His co-honorees are Donald Braid, Director of the Center for Citizenship and Community; Margaret Brabant, Professor of Political Science; and Robert Holm, Director of the Butler Institute for Research and Scholarship.
In 2011, awards were given to both an individual and a team. The individual honored was Dr. Catherine Hurt Middlecamp, the director of the Chemistry Learning Center and the chair of the Integrated Liberal Studies Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Cathy has been with SENCER since its inception in 2000, serving as a senior associate, a member of the National Fellowship Board, and a member of the board of advisers for GLISTEN. With Omie Baldwin, she developed the 2004 SENCER Model course, Chemistry and Ethnicity: Uranium and American Indians. In 2007, Cathy was appointed as the editor-in-chief of Chemistry in Context, a project of the American Chemical Society that teaches chemistry in the context of real-world issues. As a member of the author team, she has been the lead author for the chapters on air quality, acid rain, ozone depletion, nuclear energy, and sustainability. In addition, Cathy has received numerous teaching awards, including the University of Wisconsin System-wide Underkofler Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2004. She is a fellow of the Association for Women in AAAS, and in the inaugural class of fellows at the American Chemical Society.
Dr. Jim Speer and the SENCER Student Leadership Team of Indiana State University have done tremendous work on Indiana State’s campus. The Team includes Lauren Adams, M. Ross Alexander, Dustin Blaszcyk, Chase DuPont, Elise Hobbs, Adriahnna Lehman, Emily Pugh, Dorothy Rosene, Peter Rosene, and Julie Whitaker. Jim has encouraged student involvement in all aspects of applying the SENCER approach at Indiana State. Students were recruited and joined to share their expertise with the team, from science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to public relations, political science, and law. The students have accomplished much in just one year, and continue to provide a substantive contribution to Indiana State. SENCER efforts across campus, including the Leadership Team, have benefitted from support provided by the University’s strategic plan.
Photograph of Marion Field Fass and William E. Bennett from http://www.beloit.edu/campus/news/?story_id=356086
Nomination Process and Deadlines
Awards are given to both individuals and teams. To nominate an individual or team, please send a letter that will allow the review committee to assess the individual’s contributions to citizen science. A CV for the nominated individual should be included, and up to two supporting letters of support may be submitted but are not required.
The recipients of the Bennett Award will be invited to the Washington Symposium and Capitol Hill Poster Session, during which the recipients will be recognized for their achievements.