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Ellen Swallow Richards Public Service Award

Ellen Swallow RichardsThe purpose of the Board on Human Sciences Ellen Swallow Richards Public Service Award is to honor a nationally recognized leader who has a significant history of promoting and advancing the Human Sciences. It is likely that the nominees for the BoHS Ellen Swallow Richards Public Service Award will be individuals who have supported higher education, and especially the mission of the Human Sciences and other programs in land-grant universities. Although nominees may be Human Science scholars, it is not required.  The award is intended to recognize an outstanding leader who helps to advance the Human Sciences nationally and/or internationally. The award is named in honor of Ellen Swallow Richards, who dedicated her life to applying research to enhance the well-being of individuals, families and communities.  

Eligibility and Nominations

Leaders who have earned recognition as advocates for the Human Sciences are eligible to be nominated for the award. Each BoHS member unit (college or university) is eligible to submit one nominee each year.  Nominators shall compile a letter of nomination with a rationale for the candidate to be considered for the Public Service Award. Former recipients of the Public Service Award are ineligible for this award. The award will be presented at a special breakfast hosted by the Board on Human Sciences at the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities’ annual meeting. The award winner must be available to attend the meeting and speak to the organization. BOHS will provide travel expenses and appropriate recognition. 


Each BoHS affiliated college and university shall implement its own procedure for identifying nominees. Following a review of potential candidates, each BoHS member institution will nominate only ONE candidate for the BoHS Public Service Award. The Nomination Letter for this award shall be submitted electronically to as a single PDF document that includes:

  1. a nomination letter detailing the candidate’s outstanding achievements and contributions to advancing the Human Sciences;
  2. the nominee’s biography or vita; and,
  3. up to three excerpts of relevant supporting materials.  

Examples of supporting materials include: newspaper and journal articles, speeches presented, books and legislation or policy documents. All supporting materials must also be submitted electronically to BoHS Executive Director Eddie G. Gouge as a PDF or web link.  A BoHS review panel will evaluate and rank the nominees and recommend a recipient to the BoHS Board of Directors.  

Public Service Award Recipients

Catherine Woteki
Former Chief Scientist and
Under Secretary for
Research, Education, and

U.S. Department of
Dean Emeritus
College of Agriculture
Iowa State University
Carol Kellett
Executive Director 
Board on Human Sciences 
Dean Emeritus
Kansas State University
Barbara Thompson
Office of Family Policy/
Children & Youth/Special
Needs, Office of the Deputy
Assistant Secretary of
Secretary Tom
U.S. Department of
June Henton
College of Human Sciences, 
Auburn University
Mary McPhail Gray
McPhail Consulting
Services, LLC
Virginia Moxley
College of Human Ecology, 
Kansas State University

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