News and Announcements

Accessibility, Inclusion, Diversity, Equity (AIDE), and Ethics Statement

The Cushman Foundation for Foraminiferal Research (CFFR) is dedicated to providing a safe and inclusive environment for all our members and those within the larger community studying foraminifera and allied organisms. We encourage the exchange of scientific ideas, data, endeavors, and international collaborations. The mission and vision of CFFR is to welcome and support our international community and diverse members. The CFFR does not discriminate in its activities and services to our members or those within the broader community based on but not limited to race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, socioeconomic status, and parental/caregiver status. The CFFR continues to ensure that all activities related to and sponsored by the Foundation are conducted professionally, with all participants treated with respect and dignity.

CFFR’s privilege and duty is to serve our community and members and to broaden participation in the sciences related to foraminifera and allied organisms. We have and will continue to increase accessibility, equity, and inclusion for our community members through our grants, fellowships, and awards; continued financial support to our members to participate in foraminiferal-centric meetings and workshops; and through our reduced membership rates for students and those in developing nations.

CFFR’s goal is to determine how we can continue to best support our members and increase access to and diversity within the geosciences. Together, our Board continues to have conversations about AIDE and invites input on the best ways to further our mission and vision.

CFFR is an affiliated society of the Geological Society of America and as such applies and abides by the code of The Geological Society of America Code of Ethics & Professional Conduct.

The Cushman Foundation Celebrates 70 Years!

2020 is the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the Cushman Foundation by curators at the US National Museum.  

The event was commemorated by an historic symposium at GSA 2020 Connects Online, with presentations on the latest foraminiferal research as well as historical accounts of the society. Registered participants may view the pre-recorded symposium talks for the next year at  

Aspects of our 70th anniversary will also be celebrated at GSA 2021 in Portland, Oregon. 

New Cushman Foundation Special Publication! 

No. 48. Atlas of Shallow-Water Tropical Benthic Foraminifera from Moorea (Society Islands, French Polynesia). Fajemila, O.T., Langer, M.R., and Lipps, J.H, 2020, 107 p., 33 pls.

This beautiful volume documents the diversity, structure, and composition of faunal assemblages from reef, lagoon, inlet, marsh and mangrove habitats on Moorea. Located 18 km east of Tahiti, Moorea is a young volcanic island that is a key spot for trans-Pacific faunal exchange. Valuable indicators of water quality and reef health, the foraminifera of Moorea provide a means for comparison to biogeographic regions across the Pacific. With 515 species illustrated on 33 plates, the atlas will be a classic reference for many years. Orders:

Cushman Foundation Grants and Awards

The Buzas Award for Travel

Due to current COVID-19 travel restrictions and closures, recipient selection for the 2020 Buzas Award for Travel (BAT) will be delayed until 2021.

The Joseph A. Cushman Award for Excellence in Foraminiferal Research

Nominations are sought for the Joseph A. Cushman Award, which was established to honor living researchers who have made outstanding contributions in the field of foraminiferology. Nominations are considered at the Cushman Foundation Board of Director's annual business meeting, which occurs each year in conjunction with the Geological Society of America Annual Meeting. A nomination letter and up to three support letters should each be a maximum of two pages. The nomination letter must include a 300-word summary of the reason for nomination. The nominator of the awardee will have primary responsibility for writing the citation to be read at the Cushman Foundation Annual Reception. Nominations and supporting letters received by 1 September will be considered during the subsequent CF Board of Director's business meeting. Nominations received after 1 September will be considered during the following calendar year. Nominations may remain active for up to three years. For more details visit:

Johanna M. Resig Foraminiferal Research Fellowship

The Cushman Foundation seeks applications in January‒February each year for the Johanna M. Resig Foraminiferal Research Fellowship. This fellowship is made possible by a gift from the estate of Johanna M. Resig, a lifelong specialist on Foraminifera and former editor of the
Journal of Foraminiferal Research. The US dollar value of the fellowship in 2020 is anticipated to be $25,000. The purpose of the fellowship is to recognize and forward the careers of outstanding doctoral candidates committed to the advancement of foraminiferal research. The fellowship is restricted to advanced doctoral candidates and is intended to provide major support for the awardee’s last 1–2 years of graduate research. Proposals are judged upon scientific merit and financial need. Application materials must be merged into a single pdf document and submitted to with “Resig Award application” in the subject line. Application materials must be received by 1 March of the application year, with decisions to be announced in April. Details are available at: