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Alfred M. Dufty, Jr. Award

Graduate Services Staff Alfred M. Dufty

The Alfred M. Dufty, Jr. Award was created to honor the memory of Dr. Al Dufty, much-loved friend and mentor to many at Boise State University. The funds made available through this award are used to pay the travel expenses of one or two outstanding graduate students each year, enabling them to present their research results at a professional meeting.

About Dr. Al Dufty

Al grew up on Grippen Hill in Vestal, New York, where he was president and valedictorian of his high school class and an outstanding athlete. He attended Princeton University where he earned a degree in biology while playing baseball and basketball, serving as captain of the nationally ranked basketball team in his senior year. After a year of professional basketball in Europe, Al returned to the United States to pursue graduate study, earning M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in biological sciences from the State University of New York (Binghamton). Al joined the Boise State University biology faculty in 1988, became a full professor in 1996, and was appointed Associate Dean of the Graduate College in 2005. Among his many scholarly achievements are more than 60 published papers, appointment as Fellow of the American Ornithologists’ Union, and numerous awards, including the Boise State University Foundation Scholar Award for research. Beyond these professional accomplishments, Al’s memory endures at the university because of his devotion to students. In his roles as professor of biological sciences and Associate Dean of the Graduate College, Al was particularly supportive of students as they prepared their results for presentation at professional meetings. Al believed strongly that graduate students need to experience the national stage to aid in their development as researchers and academicians, and to help build the scholarly reputation of the university. It is this deeply held belief that inspired the creation of the award named in his honor. 

Award Selection Criteria

Award recipients are selected based on exceptional academic ability and achievement, innovative research, and a keen desire to make significant contributions to their discipline. Each award is presented by the Dean of the Graduate College in the spring at a small luncheon that includes the student, the student’s faculty advisor, and Al’s wife, Bonnie Dufty, who continues to reside in the Boise area.

Ways to Give

Support graduate students as they reach higher and strive to further Boise State University as a research institution. Use the Fund ID #FE018 to donate to the Alfred M. Dufty, Jr. Award.

Previous Award Recipients

The 2016-2017 award recipients are Rebekah Lee (faculty advisor Dr. Dylan Mikesell) and Tara Fouts (faculty advisors Dr. Sarah Toevs and Michelle Arnett). Rebekah Lee (Geophysics, M.S.) attended the American Geophysical Union (AGU) annual meeting in December 2016 in San Francisco, CA.  Tara Fouts (Health Promotion, M.H.S) is planning to attend the American Society on Aging in San Francisco, CA in March 2018.

The 2015-2016 award recipients are Audrey Coon (faculty advisors Dr. Nicole Bolter and Dr. Shelley Lucas) and Kevin Tolman (faculty advisor Dr. Rick Ubic). Audrey (Kinesiology, M.S.) attended the Western Society for Physical Education of College Women Conference, held in November 2015 in Pacific Grove, CA. Kevin (Materials Science and Engineering, Ph.D.) will attend the Materials Science & Technology Conference, this coming October in Salt Lake City, UT.

The 2014-2015 award recipients are Marcella Fremgen (faculty advisor Dr. Jennifer Forbey) and Michael Poulous (faculty advisor Dr. Jen Pierce). Marcella (Biology, M.S.) attended the 13th International Grouse Symposium in September 2015, held in Iceland. Michael (Geosciences, Ph.D.) presented his research at the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting in December 2015, held in San Francisco, CA.

  • Rebekah Lee's research presentation poster

  • student with presentation poster

    Audrey Coon's research presentation poster

  • Material Science students in labcoats

    Kevin Tolman performing lab work (pictured right)

  • Woman giving presentation

    Marcella Fremgen presenting at the International Grouse Symposium

  • Mike Poulos in the field