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Emerging Leader Award

The Emerging Leader Award recognizes outstanding service to the organization by an AIC member in the early stage of their career, which encompasses the years from pre-program to Professional Membership eligibility.

Deadline: January 15

Nominate Edit Nomination


  • Write a letter outlining why the nominee deserves this award.
  • Collect letters from at least two additional co-sponsors.


Nominees may be pre-program members, student members, post-graduate members, or early career members, defined as up to five years following completion of training.

Outstanding service to the organization may include such activities as the following:

  • Publication of articles (such as in the AIC newsletter or AIC Wiki) and presenting of research at meetings
  • Leadership in specialty groups, networks, committees, task forces, and working groups.
  • Fundraising for conservation programming, such as contributing to or a co-authoring grant proposal
  • Outreach to the public and allied professionals
  • Advocacy for the importance of conservation and the work of the organization



  • 2023: Sally Gunhee Kim and Héctor Berdecía-Hernández
  • 2022: LaStarsha McGarity