Call for Nominations

The Mary Fran Myers Award recognizes disaster professionals who continue Myers’ goal of promoting research on gender issues in disasters and emergency management.

As co-director of the Natural Hazards Center, Myers recognized that disaster vulnerability is influenced by social, cultural, and economic structures that marginalize women and girls. The Natural Hazards Center and the Gender and Disaster Network established the award in 2002 to honor women and men whose advocacy, research, or management efforts have had a lasting, positive impact on reducing disaster vulnerability. 

Individuals and organizations eligible for the award will have added to the body of knowledge on gender and disasters or furthered opportunities for women to succeed in the field. The selection committee is especially interested in nominations from outside the United States. Previously nominated individuals who have not won the Mary Fran Myers award are still eligible.

Award winners are invited to participate in the Natural Hazards Research and Applications Workshop and will be acknowledged in the Workshop program. Workshop fees will be covered. Travel to and accommodations at the Workshop are the winner's responsibility. The winner is also invited to serve on the Mary Fran Myers Award selection committee.

To Submit a Nomination:

Write a letter of nomination explaining how the nominee's work has furthered knowledge, created opportunities, or otherwise had a lasting impact in the field of gender-related disaster risk reduction. Nominations in English are preferred, however nominations in other languages may be accommodated. Please contact the selection committee before submitting an nomination in a language other than English.

Attach the nominee's current resume or curriculum vitae (maximum three pages).

Include your full name and contact information (mailing address, e-mail, telephone, and fax) on the nomination, as well as that of the nominee.

Optional: You may also include an additional one-page letter of support from another person or organization.

E-mail all materials to by April 17, 2015. Nominations will be forwarded to the Selection Committee for review and selection.

Questions can be forwarded to Cheney Shreve Liu or Maureen Fordham.