CSHEMA is Accepting 2024 Award Nominations through March 31, 2024.

CSHEMA bestows the following awards and honors yearly.


Dr. Fay Thompson Scholarship
CSHEMA offers a $3,000 scholarship (and a waiver to attend the CSHEMA annual conference) to encourage the study of environmental and occupational health, safety, and related disciplines. The program is open to all college undergraduate students who

  • Are enrolled in majors geared toward an EHS career (such as, but not limited to, environmental science, fire protection, health physics, industrial engineering, industrial hygiene, occupational health, safety, etc.)
  • Are registered as full-time undergraduate students in a 4-year degree-granting course of study.


Innovation Awards
Recognizes higher education institutions of each constituent type (community colleges, comprehensive and doctoral institutions, research universities, and small institutions) in three areas of business and financial administration: process improvement, resource enhancement, and safety culture.
Submit an application HERE

Marketing & Communications Awards
Recognizes campuses that have implemented comprehensive marketing and communications programs, campaigns, or single media initiatives to promote EHS to their communities.
Submit an application HERE

CSHEMA Laboratory Safety Week Awards
Seek to honor the efforts of higher education institutions in promoting CSHEMA’s laboratory safety week through marketing and engagement initiatives. Awards will be provided for each EHS department size (small, medium and large).  
Submit an application HERE


Honorary Life Award
Granted to retired individuals who have made significant and meaningful contributions to EHS programs for at least 10 years as a member of CSHEMA.

Campus Leaders Who Care
Recognizes outstanding involvement and support of senior administrators for their understanding of how important environmental stewardship and health and safety issues are to their institutions.

Excellence in Volunteerism Award
Honors outstanding volunteer service to CSHEMA based on professionals' commitment and success over the last 12 months within the Association.

Rising Star Award
Recognizes those who are new to the safety field and making measurable change at their institution.

Safety Professional Award
The CSHEMA Safety Professional Award seeks to honor individual CSHEMA members who have made significant contributions in the field of safety.

 Submit applications for Individual Awards HERE

CSHEMA Announces the Recipients of the 2023 Awards 

Innovation Award for Process Improvement:
Small Sized School- Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering (JSNN) for “Nanomaterials Safety”.
Medium Sized School- Oregon State University for “Hazardous Waste Management”.
Large Sized School- Virginia Commonwealth University for “REDCAP Automated Respirator Evaluation”.

Innovation Award for Resource Enhancement Award:
Medium Sized School- University of North Carolina Charlotte for “Refrigerant Management Program”.
Large Sized School- Virginia Commonwealth University for “Pharmaceutical Hazardous Waste Program”.

Innovation Award for Safety Culture Award:
Medium Sized School- Oklahoma State University for “Peroxide Former Testing”.
Large Sized School- Virginia Commonwealth University for “Lab Safety Video Series”.

The Marketing Campaign Award:
Medium Sized School- Princeton University for “50 Years of EHS at Princeton”.
Large Sized School- North Carolina State University for “Back to Basics”.

The Marketing Single Media Award :
Small School- Southern Methodist University for “Avoid, Deny, Defend”.
Medium School- Nova Southeastern University for “Fire Safety While Traveling Abroad”.
Large School-
University of California - Office of the President - Risk and Safety Solutions for “Maximum Allowable Quantities (MAQ)”.

The Comprehensive EHS Marketing and Communications Program Award: Medium School- Oklahoma State University for “EHS Brand Improvement”.

The Lab Safety Awareness Week Award:
Large School- Texas A&M University and University of Tennessee Knoxville.
Medium School- Nova Southeastern University and Oklahoma State University.

The CSHEMA Honorary Life Award - Dennis Terpin 

The CSHEMA Campus Leaders Who Care Award - Treby Williams, Princeton University and John Hall, University of Texas at Arlington  

The Excellence in Volunteerism Award - Jim Crandall, Penn State University and John Feller, Texas A&M University.

Rising Star Award - Kevin Dolge, Carleton College 

The Safety Professional Award -Sandra Prior, University of Tennessee

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