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 (BAT) was established in 2017 by Dr. Martin A. Buzas and his family to support foraminiferal researchers wishing to use the world-famous Cushman Collection of foraminifera at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., USA. The award is open to graduate students and professional researchers who can demonstrate a need to use the collection and associated facilities. The CFFR does not discriminate in its selection of awardees in any way.


Marty Buzas, a past Director and President of the Cushman Foundation, was a curator at the Smithsonian from 1963 until 2022. His research focused on the “quantitative understanding of the distribution of organisms in small and large amounts of space and time”. Over his career Marty published more than 100 peer-reviewed papers and 15 books. The BAT was established to emphasize the importance of verifying taxonomy in foraminiferal research.