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.


  • 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

  • Log in to buffalo.academicworks.com using your UBIT name and password.
  • Fill out one general application each term.
  • If you are eligible for this scholarship, it will appear in your list. 

With questions, please contact: ubscholarships@buffalo.edu