Oak Tree Prize


The Oak Tree Prize is funded by retired Adjunct Professor Jack Eichenbaum. It is a competitive prize awarded annually to support studies in Geography and especially qualitative field work and the collection of original data. The Oak Tree Prize is open to Graduate Geography and GeoInformatics, Undergraduate Geography and Environmental Studies students at Hunter College for the best research using original field work completed within one or more of the five boroughs of New York City.

Field work must be conducted between Spring 2023 and Spring 2024. Self-nominations as well as nominations supported by faculty members are encouraged to apply. Students can submit their research papers as a .doc file to geog@hunter.cuny.edu no later than April 15, 2024 at 5 PM. Prize to be awarded at the Department of Geography and Environmental Science’s Annual Awards Presentation.

A committee will be assembled to read any submissions for this award. “The Oak Tree prize will be adjudicated by three Department of Geography and Environmental Science faculty and/or staff members, Dr. Jack Eichenbaum (for as long as is he willing and able to serve), and at least one student (either undergraduate or graduate), except for the year of the fund’s inception. Ideally the student member(s) will be the winner of the prior year’s award. The winner of the Oak Tree Award will be decided by a majority vote of the award’s committee members.” The prize is $500.