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Alf Award

Raymond M. Alf (painting by Blair Maffris)

Raymond M. Alf (painting by Blair Maffris)

The Raymond M. Alf Award for Excellence in Paleontological Research and Education honors a paleontologist who exhibits excellence both in original scientific research as well as in education and outreach at the primary and secondary school (K-12) levels. Award nominations (information below) are due by April 10 of each year.

Previous Recipients


  • Research
    • The award recipient should have a strong, recent publication record within the science of paleontology (as senior or junior author).
    • Research may be within any discipline of paleontology, including but not exclusive to vertebrate paleontology, invertebrate paleontology, paleobotany, paleopalynology, micropaleontology, and paleoecology.
  • Education
    • The award recipient should have a strong record of contributions to education and outreach at the K-12 level.
    • Preference is given to those candidates who have significant personal involvement, whether as a classroom teacher, lecturer, museum educator, fieldwork leader, or other role.


  • The award consists of:
    • Honorarium of $1,000
    • Award plaque
    • All travel costs for the recipient to attend the Alf Museum Peccary Dinner (usually held in October of each year) to receive the award

Nomination Process

  • A nomination shall consist of a one-page letter explaining how the nominee fits the criteria of the award.
  • Nominations may be submitted via email or physical mail, by external parties or members of the Alf Museum staff and board of trustees, and shall be due by April 10 of each year.
  • Nominations are reviewed by an award committee comprising members of the Alf Museum board of trustees, Alf Museum staff, the head of The Webb Schools, and Webb faculty.
  • Award nominations are due by April 10, submitted via mail or email to:
    • Dr. Donald L. Lofgren, Director
      Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology
      1175 West Baseline Road
      Claremont, California 91711
    • Email: