AAG E. Willard and Ruby S. Miller Award

American Association of Geographers (AAG)

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Grant amount: US $1,000

Deadline: Dec 31, 2020

Applicant type: Individuals

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Research, Project / Program

Membership: Applicants must be a member of this organization to apply. Become a member.

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: Anywhere in the world

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This annual award recognizes members of the Association who have made truly outstanding contributions to the geographic field due to their special competence in teaching or research. Funding for the award comes from the estate of Ruby S. Miller.

About Ruby and Will Miller

Ruby S. Skinner and E. Willard "Will" Miller were married for more than sixty years and collaborated in life and work.  When World War II broke out, they both went to work in Washington, DC. At the end of the war, they went to Pennsylvania State University where Dr. Miller started the Geography Department and Ruby became the maps librarian. Ruby established and developed the map collection, and taught classes on the use of maps until her retirement. After retirement in 1977, she and her husband co-authored more than 20 books and continued to travel in Europe, Asia, Africa, and South America. Ruby graduated from Kittanning High School and Chatham College in Pittsburgh, attended Clarion University, and did graduate work at the University of Pittsburgh.  Will was also founder of the Pennsylvania Geographical Society and played important leadership roles in the Association of American Geographers, American Geographical Society, and the National Council for Geographic Education.  Will and Ruby Miller received countless awards and in turn were generous with their time, talent, energy, and funds to a wide range of professional and community organizations.

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  • Members from all fields of geography are eligible for the award.
  • Nominations (including self-nominations) are welcome.
  • Special competence in teaching or research may include cases of outstanding mentoring, informal education, basic or applied research.

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