The Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies (F&ES) this week announced the creation of a new student award, the William R. Burch Prize
, which is named in honor of the founder of the School’s influential Tropical Resources Institute. Beginning in 2015, the $1,000 cash prize will be awarded annually to the best paper written by a TRI Fellow.
The Tropical Resources Institute
, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, is an interdisciplinary center that promotes student research in the world's tropical environments. Since its inception in 1984, TRI has sponsored more than 600 TRI Fellows and their student research projects, and helped them publish their scholarly work in the TRI Bulletin and other academic journals.
William “Bill” Burch, the Frederick C. Hixon Professor Emeritus of Natural Resources Management at F&ES, conducted some of the earliest work on community and social forestry systems, which continues with work in Nepal, Thailand, China, and inner cities of the United States. He retired in 2008 after four decades on the F&ES faculty.
“In addition to Bill’s own research contributions, he had much to do with mentoring these students, a great many of whom have gone on to become top researchers, teachers and professionals,” said F&ES Dean Peter Crane
, who announced the new award on Oct. 11 during the School’s Reunion Weekend. “It is an honor to establish this new Prize to recognize Bill's longstanding contributions to TRI, and to create a lasting legacy of scholarly excellence.”