Lester W. Milbrath Award Fund

Lester W. Milbrath, PhD, joined the University at Buffalo faculty in 1965, where he enjoyed a successful 26-year career. During his tenure at UB, Professor Milbrath became extremely devoted to the study of environmental issues. His research focused on the relationship between environment and society, specifically on environmental attitudes, perceptions, beliefs, and values, as well as the characteristics of a sustainable society. He also studied citizen participation in environmental policy decisions, on conceptualizing and measuring quality of environment and quality of life, and on foresight and planning for a sustainable future.

Professor Milbrath’s passion for the environment led him, in 1976, to become the Director of the UB Environmental Studies Center. He wrote six books related to both environmental issues and political science. As the result of his life’s work, he was the recipient of many awards, including the Lifetime Environmental Achievement Award from the UB Environment and Society Institute. He also served on the Town of Amherst Conservation Committee.

Eligibility

  • Applicants must demonstrate both academic achievement and a commitment to our environment.
  • Applicants must be either a sophomore, junior, or senior.
  • Applicants must study in one of the disciplines taught by Professor Milbrath: Political Science, Sociology, and Environmental Studies; or studying Environmental Geological Studies, a similar discipline not in existence during Professor Milbrath’s tenure.
  • Preference will be given to College of Arts and Sciences majors.

Application Procedure

Applications for assistance are submitted to the College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Office. All information will be kept confidential. Before beginning the application form below, please gather the following documents:

  1. A two-page typed statement explaining your commitment to the environment, your goals for the future, and why you should be considered for this award.
  2. A letter of support from a faculty member or your advisor. Please ask the recommender to submit their letter to stbeatty@buffalo.edu by the submission deadline with the subject heading "Recommendation for [your name]."

Submission Deadline: October 6

Application Form

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Personal Information

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Of what country are you a citizen?

Academic Information

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e.g. BA; Double Major in Linguistics and Spanish
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Please describe (briefly) your plans for the future. (Expand on these ideas in your essay.)

Supplemental Materials

Please submit the following materials as either a Word document or PDF form.

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With questions, please contact:

Claire Schen 
Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education
Chair, CAS Undergraduate Awards Committee
cschen@buffalo.edu