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Senior Awards

The AOU makes four annual awards recognizing outstanding contributions to ornithological science and one annual award recognizing outstanding service to the AOU.

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Brewster Medal
Brewster Medal

The William Brewster Memorial Award

This award is given annually to the author or co-authors (not previously so honored) of an exceptional body of work on birds of the Western Hemisphere. The award consists of a medal and an honorarium provided through the endowed William Brewster Memorial Fund of the American Ornithologists' Union. The award is in honor of William Brewster, one of the founding members of the AOU.

2013 Awardee: J. Van Remsen
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Coues Medal
Coues Medal

The Elliott Coues Award

This award recognizes outstanding and innovative contributions to ornithological research. The award consists of a medal and an honorarium. The award is named in honor of Elliott Coues, a pioneering ornithologist of the western United States and a founding member of the AOU.

2013 Awardee: Russell Greenberg
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Ned K. Johnson
Ned K. Johnson

The Ned K. Johnson Young Investigator Award

This award recognizes work by an ornithologist early in his/her career who shows distinct promise for future leadership in the profession. The award consists of a framed certificate and an honorarium provided through a gift to the endowment of the American Ornithologists' Union honoring Ned K. Johnson, a lifelong supporter and former President (1996-1998) of the AOU.

2013 Awardee: Corey Tarwater
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Ralph W. Schreiber
Ralph W. Schreiber

The Ralph W. Schreiber Conservation Award

This award, consisting of a framed certificate and honorarium, honors extraordinary scientific contributions to the conservation, restoration, or preservation of birds and/or their habitats by an individual or small team. Schreiber was a prominent figure in the AOU, known for his enthusiasm, energy and dedication to research and conservation, particularly of seabirds.

2013 Awardee: Sheila Conant
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Marion Jenkinson Mengel
Marion Jenkinson Mengel

The Marion Jenkinson AOU Service Award

This award is given to an individual who has performed continued extensive service to the AOU, including holding elected offices but emphasizing volunteered contributions and committee participation. Recipients are selected by the AOU Executive Committee. The award consists of a framed certificate and honors Marion Jenkinson Mengel, who served the AOU as Treasurer and in other capacities for many years.

2012 Awardee: Alan Brush
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