The Joseph A. Cushman Award honors established researchers who have made outstanding contributions in the field of foraminiferology. The Cushman Foundation invites nominations from anyone within the profession of candidates who have excelled in foraminiferology.  All will be considered at the Board of Director's regular business meetings.  More information about nominations and a list of award recipients click on the title above. 

W. Storrs Cole Memorial Research Award

The W. Storrs Cole Memorial Research Award, established to support research in invertebrate micropaleontology, is given each year to a GSA Member or Fellow between 30 and 65 years of age who has published one or more significant papers on micropaleontology. The award is managed by the Geological Society of America and selection of awardees is done by the Cushman Foundation.  For additional information, see GSA Cole Research Grants web page (GSA Grants & Scholarships (  The CFFR does not discriminate in its selection of awardees in any way.

W. Storrs Cole passed away on June 14, 1989, at the age of 86. Dr. Cole had been a Fellow of GSA for 58 years and was one of the Society's leading benefactors. He was also a member of the Cushman Foundation. The first presentation of this award was in 1991.

The Buzas Award for Travel to the Cushman Collection

The Buzas Award for Travel was established in 2017 by Dr. Martin A. Buzas, Past Director and President of the Foundation, and his family to support researchers on foraminifera to visit the world-famous Cushman Collection of foraminifera at the US Natural History Museum, Smithsonian Institution, in Washington, D.C., USA. The award is open to graduate students and professional researchers who need to use the collection and associated facilities.  The CFFR does not discriminate in its selection of awardees in any way.

Marty Buzas, who was a past Director and President of the Cushman Foundation, has been a curator at the Smithsonian since 1963, where he is currently curator emeritus. His research focuses on the quantitative understanding of the distribution of organisms in small and large amounts of space and time. Over his career he has published more than 100 peer-reviewed papers and 15 books, and he is still actively publishing. Among the honors and awards Marty has received are the prestigious Joseph A. Cushman Award for outstanding achievement in foraminiferal research (2004); the Paleontological Society Medal (2004); and the Brady Medal of the Micropalaeontological Society (2015).