Call for Applications for Student/Early Career Directors of the Cushman Foundation

The Cushman Foundation’s board of directors seeks applications from doctoral student and early career members of the Cushman Foundation to join the Board as a Student/Early Career Director for a two-year term, Jan. 1, 2025–Dec. 31, 2026. Student Directors must have completed the first year of a PhD program. Early Career Directors must be within the first four years of having completed a PhD degree from the time of graduation to the start of the term of office.

The two Student/Early Career Directors have full voting rights and participation in the control and management of the property and affairs of the Foundation. One Student/Early Career Director is elected each year, and the term of office is two calendar years. Student Directors are expected to attend the Cushman Foundation’s annual business meeting, held on the day before the annual meeting of the Geological Society of America. This year, the Foundation’s board meeting will be on Saturday, September 21 from 1:00–5:00 pm in Anaheim, CA, and we would like the newly elected Student/Early Career Director to attend. Travel and hotel costs for the Student/Early Career Directors’ participation in Board Meetings is paid by the Cushman Foundation. Note that Directors are not eligible to apply for research or travel grants from the Foundation.

If you wish to apply, please send: 1) your curriculum vitae; 2) letter of recommendation from your PhD advisor; and 3) a statement of your professional goals, your interest in the study of foraminifera, and why you would like to join the Board of Directors. Please email your application package to Brian Huber at by July 15, 2024.

TMS-CFFR Foraminifera Spring Meeting

The Micropalaeontological Society and the Cushman Foundation of Foraminiferal Research invite you to register for the TMS-CFFR Foraminifera Spring Meeting, held in Cologne (Germany) on May 21–24, 2024. Six scientific sessions and one workshop will address an exciting range of current topics in foraminiferal research and will reflect the meeting’s theme “Foraminifera & the Evolving Earth System”.

The full-day pre-conference field trip on May 21 will visit the historical Maastrichtian type section at Mount Saint Peter and the Cretaceous/Paleogene boundary in the spectacular man-made caves of Geulhemmerberg (Netherlands). Two full days of scientific sessions and keynote lectures will be at the core of the conference on May 22 and May 23. The conference dinner on May 22 will take you to the Cologne brewery house. An open workshop on biomonitoring will be hosted by the FOBIMO working group on May 24. A meeting of the Working Group on Neogene Planktonic Foraminifera will be hosted on May 24.

Registration for the meeting is now open. Cologne is easy to reach by train and by air for those meeting in person on-site. To facilitate participation from abroad, particularly from outside Europe, the scientific sessions will be offered in full hybrid mode. For more details, please visit the conference website at

The Joseph A. Cushman Award for Excellence in Foraminiferal Research

Nominations are sought for the Joseph A. Cushman Award, which was established to honor living researchers who have made outstanding contributions in the field of foraminiferology. Nominations are considered at the Cushman Foundation Board of Director’s annual business meeting, which occurs each year in conjunction with the Geological Society of America Annual Meeting. A nomination letter and up to three support letters should each be a maximum of two pages. The nomination letter must include a 300-word summary of the reason for nomination. The nominator of the awardee will have primary responsibility for writing the citation to be read at the Cushman Foundation Annual Reception. Nominations and supporting letters received by 15 September will be considered during the subsequent Cushman Foundation Board of Director’s business meeting. Nominations received after 15 September will be considered during the following calendar year. Nominations may remain active for up to three years. Details are available on our website at under the Awards tab.

Become a Member of the Cushman Foundation for Foraminiferal Research

The Cushman Foundation for Foraminiferal Research welcomes continuing and new members. With over 73 years of stewardship of foraminiferal studies and publications, our mission is to promote research on foraminifera and allied organisms. Memberships, private and corporate donations, and the work of Cushman Foundation volunteers are essential to raising the profile of foraminiferal studies and encouraging the next generation of foraminiferal researchers. Along with publication of the Journal of Foraminiferal Research, we support student and professional travel and research grants, our Special Publications series, and social and professional activities during national and international meetings. The many benefits of membership include:

  • Supporting the advancement of the science of foraminifera, micropaleontology, and the history of life on Earth

  • Learning about the most recent advances in foraminifera and micropaleontology and interacting and exchanging ideas with the worldwide micropaleontological community through our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter discussion portals

  • Supporting accessibility, inclusion, diversity, and equity in exchanging scientific ideas, data, endeavors, and international collaborations related to foraminiferal studies and micropaleontology

  • Publishing in and online access to two outstanding publications—Journal of Foraminiferal Research and Special Publications of the Cushman Foundation

  • Participating in micropaleontological topical sessions and the Cushman exhibit booth for professional interactions and comradery at GSA meetings, the FORAMS international meeting, and other paleontological meetings

  • Supporting the Foundation’s programs, awards, and grants that provide numerous opportunities, including those focused on students and early-career researchers as well as retirees

  • Participating in educational outreach to K-12 children and to the general public.

Join or renew today by visiting our website at and clicking on the Membership tab.

Free Membership in 2024 for Students

The Cushman Foundation for Foraminiferal Research is offering free membership in 2024 to undergraduate and graduate students. In order to obtain free membership, simply provide the name of your institution, name, and email address of your advisor/supervisor. This information should be emailed to the Cushman Foundation at Additional information can be found on our website at under the Membership tab.