The Evaluation Panel members have been carefully chosen for their knowledge and experience. Each member scores and comments on the applications assigned to them. While our judges are well-connected experts in the field, applications are reviewed only by judges who have no ties to the applicants or proposed project to avoid any potential conflicts of interest. Each valid application will receive five sets of reviews that have been statistically normalized. Informed by the resulting rank order of applications, the finalists will be named. Initial Evaluation Panel members include:
Finalists will participate in a pitch event in September 2020. The Selection Committee will be present for the finalists’ pitches and will designate the winner of the $100,000 award. Determination of the winner rests solely with the Selection Committee and the CSU Salazar Center for North American Conservation.