Selecting the finalists and winner for the Indianapolis Prize is an intense two-step judging structure undertaken by the Prize Nominating Committee and Jury, both committed to honoring a hero in the world of wildlife.
Each committee consists of nine different individuals, from across the globe, who are representative of the scientific and conservation sector, the Indianapolis community and the Indianapolis Zoological Society.
At the close of the application period, all nomination applications are reviewed for completeness and qualification requirements by the Steering Committee. Once the nominee list is final the Nominating Committee begins the first round of discussion.
In closed deliberation, the Nomination Committee members have roughly three months to thoughtfully review the materials and determine the six individuals who will advance to the level of finalist. Once chosen the Jury then analyses the six finalists' work, in a second closed deliberation spanning three months, to select the award recipient.
The Nominating Committee and the Jury utilize the following criteria to give thorough consideration to the nominee's scientific impact and sustainable conservation methods:
- The significance of an achievement or achievements in the conservation of an animal species or multiple species;
- The measurable outcomes resulting from the Nominee's work;
- The quality of science involved;
- The number of years the individual has dedicated to the aspect of conservation work under evaluation;
- The unselfish dedication to conservation work that the individual has shown throughout his or her career;
- The spirit of cooperation the individual has demonstrated with zoological and other like-minded conservation institutions, especially those not directly affiliated with any organization for which the Nominee works.
As the Indianapolis Prize celebrates another year, many of the world’s most distinguished scientists and conservation leaders commit their support to honoring a hero in the world of wildlife.
NOMINATING COMMITTEE MEMBERS
Steve Cagle: Indianapolis Zoo Trustee
Dr. Ahimsa Campos-Arceiz: Associate Professor, School of Environmental and Geographical Sciences, The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus
Dr. Heather DeCaluwe: Society for Conservation Biology
Dr. Peter Etnoyer: Marine Biologist, NOAA National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science
Michael Huber: President and CEO, Indy Chamber
Dr. Lynn Maguire: Professor of the Practice of Environmental Decision Analysis, Nicholas School of Environment, Duke University
Dr. Crickette Sanz: Associate Professor of Anthropology, Washington University
Michele Schilten: Director of Education and Conservation, Indianapolis Zoological Society, Inc.
Dr. Richard Wrangham: Professor of Biological Anthropology, Harvard University [close]
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Dr. Jonathan Baillie: Chief Scientist, National Geographic
Dr. Kamaljit Bawa: Distinguished Professor of Biology, University of Massachusetts Boston
Dr. Paula Kahumbu: CEO, WildlifeDirect
Dr. Mark Penning: Chair, Field Conservation Committee, AZA; Vice President, Animals, Science and Environment, Disney Parks
Dr. Jeff Proudfoot: VP, Veterinary Sciences, Indianapolis Zoological Society, Inc.
Myrta Pulliam: Director, Special Projects, IndyStar
Dr. Jon Paul Rodriguez: Chair, IUCN Species Survival Commission
Cindy Simon Skjodt: Chairman, Samerian Foundation
Dr. Christopher Wemmer: Honorary Fellow, California Academy of Sciences; Scientist Emeritus, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute[close]