AESS Best Student Paper Award

The Award

  • A plaque with inscription
  • AESS Conference travel grant/scholarship


This award recognizes the potential in graduate student research to create new insights and impact in environmental science and studies, and to engage with environmental policy and practice.  Empirical, theoretical, qualitative, or quantitative work is welcomed, and papers that use mixed methods are particularly welcomed.  The paper may be a work in progress, but must have methods/results, analysis and some conclusions, even if preliminary.


  • Graduate and post-graduate level students in any discipline.

Submission Guidelines

  • Students must submit a 5000 word research paper (maximum word count strictly enforced), authored by one or more students, by February 1st, to be awarded at the conference of the same year. Papers co-authored with advisors or other faculty and professionals will be considered if the student is the lead author with two or fewer co-authors. Submissions should include a cv and one letter of reference.
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  • Drew F. Bush
    Ph.D. Candidate
    Department of Geography & School of Environment

    McGill University

    A guest scientist at the United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in New York, NY, Drew Bush is working to complete his McGill University doctoral dissertation in the Department of Geography and School of Environment. His research examines how inquiry-based teaching using a classroom adapted NASA-GISS global climate model (GCM) impacts student learning of climate change science. He has started the Be A Climate Modeler For A Week summer camp at McGill, conducted educational research at John Abbott College in Montreal, QC, and taught environmental studies students at New York University in New York, NY.

  • N.K. Chung
    Environmental Outreach Organizer

    N.K. Chung is an Environmental Outreach Organizer where she grows and diversifies grassroots coalitions in raising awareness to a variety of environmental issues alongside the Hudson River in New York. Her research and experience includes water resource management, development, project evaluation, and analytical chemistry. Chung’s academic background in Analytical Chemistry (BS, Marist College, NY) and Environmental Science (MS, Pace University, NY) set the groundwork for her interest in the water crisis.  In 2014, she was a recipient of the US Fulbright award, where she spent some time in Sub-Saharan Africa studying water development and implementation of rural water services. From her thesis research, “Who is Empowering Whom? Divergent Perceptions of Water Empowerment in Swaziland’s Hhohho Region”, Chung identified a disconnect between development agency goals in creating empowerment and how rural communities perceive it. Her efforts continue to concentrate on engaging and connecting communities to environmental issues, specifically on the scarcity and quality of preserving and conserving our water resources.