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Department of Natural Resource Management Distinguished Alumni Award

Section - Department of Natural Resource Management

The purpose of this award is to recognize an alumna or alumnus who has made significant contributions to society, and whose accomplishments, affiliations and whose career has honored the legacy of excellence of the Department. Nominees should be graduates of at least one of the Department's programs, either undergraduate or graduate, and have maintained ties to the Department. The selected alumna or alumnus will be invited to attend the Department's Spring Awards Banquet in Brookings, SD where he or she will receive the award. The Department Head will appoint four faculty and three former students to an anonymous selection committee who will determine the recipient.

The following are the primary criteria upon which the selection will be based:

Professional accomplishments

  • Support of the Department
  • Involvement and service to professional societies
  • Other contributions to the natural resource disciplines

The individual submitting the nomination is responsible for obtaining all associated material and is encouraged to forward all information at one time. Each nomination should support selection criteria by including the following:

  • A two-page description of the contributions by which your nominee has distinguished her- or himself
  • A minimum of two letters of support.
  • A recent resume, curriculum vitae or biographical sketch.
  • Additional supporting materials (newspaper clippings, magazine articles, etc.)

If you wish to nominate one of our alums, please mail or email a nomination packet including all information. Also, include a cover sheet with your name, contact information and affiliation with the Department along with the nominee's name, contact information, current employment information and graduation year, degree and major if known. Deadlines to receive nominations will be January 31 annually.

Please mail or email application materials to: 

Terri Symens
Department of Natural Resource Management
Box 2140B, SNP 138
South Dakota State University
Brookings, SD 57007

Thank you for recognizing your colleague's contributions and supporting the Department of Natural Resource Management. We look forward to receiving many nominations!