The Joseph A. Cushman Award for Student Travel

This award from the Cushman Foundation for Foraminiferal Research supports current undergraduate, masters’ and doctoral students, and those who have been awarded the Ph.D. no more than one year past the application deadline. The award funds those who wish to present the results of their theses or dissertations at Foundation-approved professional meetings or workshops in either an oral or poster session. The research projects or workshops should address microfossils or the organisms that make them. Applicants may receive one travel award per calendar year.


The currently approved meetings* (sponsored by the Foundation) include:


  • Annual meeting of the Cushman Foundation, Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, 
  • Paleontological Society meetings co-sponsored by the Foundation, and the
  • Forams Meetings (approx. every 4 years at international venues)

*Note that other scientific meetings/workshops recommended by the student’s faculty advisor will be considered.
Student awardees will be notified after the abstract acceptance date. For meetings, they are expected to attend Foundation events (receptions, award ceremonies, and technical and poster sessions). For workshops, they are expected to attend the entire workshop. Awardees should acknowledge the Foundation’s funding in their presentations and publications on the research. 

To apply:

Applicants must be Cushman Foundation members at the time of application. Please provide these five items: 1) a statement of no more than two pages, including the abstract of your presentation, the workshop description (if applicable), the name and dates of the meeting/workshop you wish to attend, why this is an appropriate event; 2) an itemized estimate of expenses for airfare/vehicle between the home institution and city of venue, shared room at a moderately priced hotel, abstract fee, and registration or meeting fee at the members’ early registration rate (if applicable); 3) an itemization of all other sources and amounts of travel funds available (e.g., dept. or college student travel funds); 4)  a one-page curriculum vitae; 5) A signed letter of support sent by your faculty advisor that certifies your work as worthy of presentation, and explains why. In the case of a recent Ph.D., the advisor's letter must verify the date that the degree was awarded. No award will be made for more than $2000. The number of applicants may affect award amounts. The Board of Directors reserves the right to make no awards or to make awards that differ from the requested budget. Application materials should be sent to the Cushman Foundation by email in the form of one pdf file of the entire application. For fall and winter meetings please send the materials to be received by August 15th, and for spring and summer meetings by February 15th. If, by the deadline, an application is missing any of the five required items, it will not be considered for funding. Submit items to cushmanfoundation@gmail.com.

2018 Joseph A. Cushman Awards for Student Travel

Bayrón-Arcelay, Margarette, “Contrasting the spatial distribution of dead and live foraminiferal assemblages: applying geostatistics” and “Morphological response of benthic foraminifera to sediment composition: applying geometric morphometric for potential bio-monitoring.” Florida A&M University, USA.

Bukenberger, Patrick, “Living inside a sponge: Foraminifera at the Karasik Seamount (Central Arctic Ocean).” University of Vienna, Austria.

Burke, Janet, “Factors influencing porosity in planktonic foraminifera.” Yale University, USA.

Chernihovsky, Natalie, “Seasonal flux patterns of planktonic foraminifera in a deep, oligotrophic, marginal sea: sediment trap time series from the Gulf of Aqaba, north Red Sea.” Hebrew University, Israel.

Deldicq, Noémie, “Benthic foraminfera to assess ecological quality status in the salmon farm of the “Rade de Cherbourg” (France),” and “Is the foraminiferal species resembling Nonionella stella a non-indigenous species (NIS) in the Oslofjord (Norway)?.” University Lille, France.


El bani Altuna, Naima
, “The morphotypes of Neogloboquadrina pachyderma: isotopic signature and distribution patterns in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago and adjacent regions.” Arctic University of Norway.


Gamboa Sojo, Viviana Maria
, “Last decades’ warming evidence in the NW Barent Sea (Arctic).”
Firenze University, Italy.


Glaubke, Ryan
, “Utilizing individual foraminiferal analysis to investigate the history of the El Niño – Southern Oscillation.” Old Dominion University, USA.


Kenigsberg, Chen
, “The effect of brine discharge by desalination plants on shallow marine ecosystems: benthic foraminifera as a case study.” Ben-Gurion University, Israel.


Lam, Adriane
, “A new high-resolution Late Neogene mid-latitude planktic foraminiferal biostratigraphy, Shatsky Rise, Northwest Pacific.” University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA.


Lis, Michael
, “Glacial-interglacial changes in the thermocline structure of the Makassar Straits: implications for changes in the Indonesian Through Flow.” University of South Carolina, USA.

Livsey, Caitlin, “Investigating ontogenetic calcite δ180 and Mg/Ca variability in Neogloboquadrina pachyderma.” University of California, Davis, USA.


Nagai, Yukiko
, “Formation process of organic membrane within calcareous test and early calcium carbonate deposition of benthic foraminifera Ammonia.” Yokohama National University, Japan.


Scheiner, Filip,
“Temperature and isotopic composition of seawater in the epicontinental sea (Central Paratethys) during the Middle Miocene Climate Transition, based on foraminiferal Mg/Ca, δ18O and δ13C.” Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic.


Sider, Maria
, “Benthic foraminiferal response to anthropogenic coastal change: Almirante Bay, Bocas del Toro, Panama.” Florida International University, USA.


Smith, Christopher
, “Effects of selected heavy metals on shallow-water benthic foraminiferal assemblages from Sapelo Island, Georgia and Little Duck Key, Florida (USA): An investigation using the propagule method.” University of Georgia, Athens, USA.


Tadir, Roni
, “Evolutionary trends of Late Cretaceous planktonic foraminifera species Pseudotextularia nuttalli.” Ben-Gurion University, Israel.


Titelboim, Danna
, “Temperature sensitivity of benthic foraminifera as a limiting factor of biogeographic invasion and expansion of species.” Ben-Gurion University, Israel.


Woodhouse, Adam
, “Death in the oceans: extinction risk in the marine realm.” University of Leeds, United Kingdom.



 2017 Joseph A. Cushman Awards for Student Travel


Megan Fung, “Exploring Early Eocene Hyperthermals from three onshore coreholes on the New Jersey Paleo-Continental Shelf (ODP 174AX).” Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA.

Krystyna Kornecki, “Microfossils in Lake George, NY sediments: Calibrating paleo-biomonitors with modern measurements.” Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA.

Thomas Kosciuch, "Sedimentological and micropaleontological characteristics of the 2015 Hurricane Joaquin deposit: implications for long-term records of storms and tsunamis impacting the Caribbean." University of Southern Mississippi, USA.

Adriane Lam
, “Late Neogene History of the Kuroshio Current Extension, ODP Sites 1207, 1208, and 1209, Shatsky Rise, Northwest Pacific Ocean.” University of Massachusetts, USA.


Philip Lamela
, “Foraminifera of the Cannonball Formation of North Dakota: Evidence of the Last Marine Incursion of the Western Interior Seaway.” Florida International University, USA.

Hannah Palmer, "Utilizing microfossil community ecology to understand spatial and temporal changes in the San Diego margin oxygen minimum zone." University of California at Davis, USA.


Maria Sider
, “Benthic Foraminiferal Facies of a Caribbean, mid-Holocene Coral Reef in Panama: Baseline Data for Identifying Changes in Water Quality.” Florida International University, USA.

Christopher Smith, "Effect of selected heavy metal elements on shallow-water benthic foraminiferal assemblages from Sapelo Island, Georgia and Little Duck Key, Florida: an investigation using the propagule method." University of Georgia, USA.

Elizabeth Tedder Wood, "Holocene benthic foraminiferal assemblages of tidal-inlet deposits along Cedar Island, VA, USA: insights into storm impacts, breach dynamics, and inlet evolution." George Mason University, USA.



Zoe Verlaak
, “Influence of the Benthic Foraminiferal Biocoenosis on Fossil Assemblages in the Southwestern Everglades.” Florida International University, USA.


2016 Joseph A. Cushman Award for Student Travel


Anieke Brombacher
, “Biogeographic range shifts in three species of planktonic foraminifera during the intensification of Northern Hemisphere glaciation.” University of South Hampton, UK.


Imogen Browne
, “Late Holocene ocean temperatures and hydrography of the Western Antarctic Peninsula shelf.” University of South Florida, USA.


Laurie Charrieau
, “Drivers and Impact of Coastal Ocean Acidification.” Lund University, Sweden.


Serena Dameron
, “Surface ocean acidification prior to K/Pg boundary, a volcanic-induced event.” UMASS – Amherst, USA.


John Doherty
, “The foraminiferan Baculogypsina sphaerulata as an indicator of water quality in Guam.” American University, USA.


Christian Gfatter
, “Utilizing Image Recognition Technology for Foraminiferal Assemblage Analysis.” University of South Florida, USA.


Caitlin Hanley
, “Observed Assemblage Patterns of Foraminifera on the southeast Florida reef tract; Implications of a Species Preferred Substrate.” University of Georgia, USA.


Caitlin Keating-Bitonti
, “Patterns of benthic foraminiferal embryo and adult size variations across modern North American environmental gradients.” Stanford University, USA.


Benjamin Ross
, “Observations of the symbiont-bearing foraminifer Amphistegina gibbosa utilizing CellTracker Green and epifluorescent microscopy.” University of South Florida, USA.


Maria Sider
, “Benthic Foraminiferal Facies of a Caribbean, mid-Holocene Coral Reef, Isla Colon, Bocas del Toro, Panama.” Florida International University, USA.


Christopher Smith
, “The Characteristics and Distribution of Encrusting Foraminifera at Cat Island, Bahamas.” University of Georgia, USA.


Paris Stefanoudis
, "Ice-rafted dropstones on hills enhance mesoscale benthic formainiferal diversity at abyssal depths" AND "Hills and plains: the influence of topography on deep-sea benthic foraminiferal assemblages." Southampton University, UK.