NSS Awards

At the awards banqet during each annual NSS Convention, the NSS recognizes exceptional people both in and outside of the Society by presenting awards for outstanding accomplishment.


See below for more information on the individual awards and how to submit nominations.

USED - Classic Hellhole - Ryan Maurer
Classic Hellhole - Ryan Maurer

One of the highest awards for outstanding service to the NSS and its goals.

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Recognizes members dedicated to thorough cave exploration and mapping.

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For those who have exhibited outstanding dedication to the scientific study of caves.

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Presented for a recent accomplishment in cave exploration, study, or conservation.

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For individuals engaged in an outstanding spelean history research project.

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Recognizes a person or persons who have made contributions to cave rescue.

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Recognizes the conservation efforts of an NSS Group or Internal Organization.

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For people who have made significant contributions to speleology broadly defined.

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Recognizes members who have demonstrated outstanding dedication to cave conservation.

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Artwork including painting, sketching, pottery & sculpture, and more. 

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Members who have exemplified by their actions their dedication to the NSS.

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Includes a cash award for the best scientific paper presented at the NSS Convention.

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Landowners or land managers whose efforts have been exemplary in supporting cavers.

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