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Soil Science Industry and Professional Leadership Award

Award, Fellow, and Scholarship nominations initiated by April 09, 2013
Reference Letters and Final Nomination submission by April 17, 2013

This award is presented in recognition of excellence in creating programs, practices, technology, or products which contribute to the significant enhancement of soil, through soil, environmental, natural resource, agricultural, and related sciences by a practicing private or governmental sector individuals (excluding university and extension sectors). Emphasis on the individuals’ furtherance of SSSA goals, community service, professionalism, integrity, and public service will be evaluated. The aim is to recognize the creation of outstanding service and leadership outside of SSSA by industrial, private, and governmental employees. The award consists of a certificate and $1000 honorarium.

  1. Nominators are required to be SSSA members.
  2. Nominees must be living at the time of their nomination.
  3. Nominees are to be soil scientists but membership in SSSA is not a requirement.
  4. Nominees must be active within the industrial, private, or governmental sectors. Individuals employed by any colleges or universities are not eligible for this award.
  5. The nomination must be based in context to the nominee’s contributions within the past 10 years.
  6. Teams are eligible if the following qualifications are met:
    • At least one member of the team is a soil scientist.
    • Where other disciplines are represented on the team, the soil scientist must have contributed 50% or more to the team effort.
    • Only publications where all team members are authors, or honors and awards received by the team, may be listed. Individual efforts must be omitted.
    • Only publications dates within, or relevant honors and award received within the last ten years may be included on the nomination form.


Creation of programs and technology that extends beyond SSSA and to the development, advancement, and application of programs and technologies applied to improving environmental quality; agricultural productivity and profitability; or promotion and support of the soil, environmental, and agricultural science professions.

  1. Includes the candidate’s professional activities’ impact on communities; and magnitude of influence on the success of related organizations or company programs in their field.
  2. Exceptional candidates will demonstrate creativity in professional service and support of the goals of SSSA.
  3. Creation of unique new relationships, rather than the variety of activities, is the major consideration.
  4. Leadership, innovativeness and excellent citizenship as evidenced by community service; effectiveness in public relations, educational or administrative activities designed to promote the effective use of soil science by the public; service and excellence in communications to the public concerning the application of soil science; and leadership and service in the advancement of sound practices in soil science and the standing of the profession also will be taken into consideration.

Nominator Qualifications:

  1. Current Position Title
    (Character Limit: 100)
  2. Membership
    ASA Membership Number (Character Limit: 6)

Nominee Qualifications:

  1. Team Members
    Enter additional team members for team nominations only. (Character Limit: 1000)
  2. Current Position Title
    (Character Limit: 250)
  3. Degrees Received
  4. Professional Positions Held
    (Character Limit: 2000)
  5. Membership
    List membership in professional, honorary, and academic societies. (Character Limit: 1500)
  6. Honors and Awards
    List honors and awards received (Character Limit: 3000)
  7. Service and Extension-type Contributions
    List service and extension-type contributions (Character Limit: 3000)
  8. Professional Contributions
    Describe the nominee's technical or nontechnical publications, patents, and efforts to develop or improve programs, practices, and products. List up to 12 of the most significant professional contributions of the nominee. (Character Limit: 4500)
  9. Contributions and Service to the Profession
    List contributions and describe service to the profession (Character Limit: 3000)
  10. Evaluation
    Summarize in this section the primary contributions on which the nomination is based. Give the nominees contributions and their impact in one or more of the evaluation criteria given in the Award Description and criteria sections, clearly and explicitly (Character Limit: 3000)

Add References To Nomination

Provide contact information (name, full mailing address, phone, and email) for three individuals who will submit online reference letters.

Note: Monitor these three letters online under "Nominations" as you will need to log in and submit the completed nomination containing the three reference letters.

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