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Lester W. Milbrath Award Fund

Professor Milbrath joined the University at Buffalo faculty in 1965, where he enjoyed a successful 26 year career. During his tenure at UB Dr. 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. Dr. 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.

The Milbrath Award is awarded to hard-working students who have demonstrated a commitment to our environment.  Applicants must be of at least sophomore standing, and studying in one of the disciplines taught by Dr. Milbrath – Political Science, Sociology, and Environmental Studies – or studying Environmental Geological Studies, a similar discipline not in existence during Dr. Milbrath’s tenure.  Applicants will submit an essay for review by the Undergraduate Awards Committee; selected recipients should demonstrate a commitment to environmental advocacy, and a desire to further their studies in the environmental arena.  Preference will be given to College of Arts and Sciences majors.

Application Procedure

The application must include all of the following:

  1. The application form, given below.
  2. 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.
  3. A letter of support from a faculty member or your advisor.

Download Application:  Application Form

Deadline and Date of Award:

Deadline Submission:  September 15 of each year

Please submit completed application, including letter of support, as a Word document or in PDF form to:  stbeatty@buffalo.edu

For questions, please contact:
Claire Schen
Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education
Chair, CAS Undergraduate Awards Committee
College of Arts and Sciences
University at Buffalo
cschen@buffalo.edu