The Buzas Award for Travel to the Cushman Collection

The Cushman Foundation is pleased to offer the Buzas Award for Travel to support graduate students and professional researchers studying foraminifera who wish to visit the Cushman Collection and associated facilities in the Department of Paleobiology, Natural History Museum, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D. C., USA.  

To apply, please provide a short (1-3 pages) summary of your research including a title, why it is important, how the Cushman Collection will be utilized, and a detailed travel budget (travel, accommodations in or near Washington, D.C.). Also include a curriculum vitae with your name and address, affiliation, email, and phone number. Graduate students should supply a letter of support from their faculty advisor. These should be sent by email to No award will be made for more than $2000. The Board of Directors reserves the right to make no awards or to make awards that differ from the requested budget.

Proposals must be submitted by 1 March. Decisions will be made by the Board of Directors in late April. The first award was made in 2018.

A letter reporting the progress of the awardee and use of the Foundation's funds is expected within two years after the award. The Board of Directors encourages awardees to submit their results to one of the Foundation's publications and requests that acknowledgment of the award be included in any thesis, dissertation or publication that results from work supported by an award of the Foundation.

Award winners:


·         Maria Sider; research compares benthic assemblages from fossil and modern Caribbean reefs. Florida International University, USA

·         Seth Sutton; “The Influence of the mid-Miocene Climatic Optimum and Middle Miocene Transition on Benthic Foraminiferal Communities. East Carolina University, USA


·         Jenny Rashall; research updates the benthic and planktic foraminiferal taxonomy for the Cretaceous Washita Group in North Texas. University of Texas at Arlington, USA