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Honors & Recognition

Honor Societies:

  • Phi Eta Sigma, National Honor Society.

  • Beta Beta Beta, National Honorary Biological Society.

  • Phi Sigma, National Honorary Biological Society.

  • Sigma Xi, Scientific Research Society.

  • Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.

  • Phi Beta Delta, International Honor Society.

  • Golden Key National Honor Society (Honorary Member).


  • Distinguished Alumnus, Texas Tech University, 2012.

  • Alumni Achievement Award, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, University of Illinois. 2012.

  • Mayor of Albuquerque Executive Order 12-28 proclaiming April 12, 2012, as Dr. David J. Schmidly day.

  • Honorary Letterman, UNM Letterman Association, 2011.

  • New Mexico Anti-Defamation League, Distinguished Leadership Award, 2008.

  • Energy Leadership Award, New Mexico Chapter Association of Energy Engineers, 2008.

  • Resolution commending David Schmidly for service to Oklahoma State University, Student Government Association, 2007.

  • Maestro Emerito (Professor Emeritus), Universidad Popular Autonoma del Estado de Puebla (UPAEP), Mexico (4th person to receive this honor), 2005.

  • Vistante Distinguido, Pueblo, Mexico, 2005.

  • Distinguished Public Service Award, Oklahoma Osteopathic Medical School, 2003.

  • State of Oklahoma Executive Department Proclamation, “David and Janet Schmidly Day,” 6 March 2003.

  • Oklahoma State University Foundation honors David Schmidly for securing ita largest private foundation grant from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation for the constructional and renovation of the OSU School of Architecture, 2005.

  • City of Stillwater Welcome Proclamation to David Schmidly, 9 March 2003.

  • Small Business Advocate of the Year, U.S. Small Business Administration, Lubbock Area, 2001.

  • Proclamation of the State of Texas commending David Schmidly’s service on the Governor’s Task Force on Conservation, 17 May 2000.

  • Diploma of Recognition, La Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara, 1989.

  • Diploma of Recognition, La Universidad Autonoma de Tamaulipas, 1990.

  • Who's Who in American Education, 4th Edition, 1994/1995.

  • American Men and Women of Science, 13th Edition. Who's Who in the South and Southwest, 17th Edition.

Special Recognition:

  • Volume 12, numera 2 of the journal Therya dedicated to David J. Schmidly, Ph.D., in recognition of his contributions to mammalogy in Mexico, 2021.

  • Elected, National Fellow, Explorers Club, 2018.

  • Honorary Member, American Society of Mammalogists, 2012.

  • Ticul Alvarez Award from the Mexican Society of Mammalogists for career contributions to the Science of Mammalogy in Mexico, 2010.

  • The John Tanner Lectureship Award, Brigham Young University, 2005.

  • Native Plant Society of Texas – Donovan Stewart Correll Memorial Award for scientific writing in the field of native flora of Texas for the book “Texas Natural History: A Century of Change,” 2004.

  • The Joseph Grinnell Award for Excellence in Education in Mammalogy, 2003.

  • 2003 Citation Award, San Antonio Conservation Society, 2003.

  • Inaugural Recipient of the Harvey Weil Professional Conservationist Award, Corpus Christi, Texas, 2003.

  • Texas Hall of Fame for Science, Mathematics, and Technology Inductee, 2003.                     

  • Meritorious Service Award, Southwest Association of Naturalists, 2001.

  • Honorary Member, Texas Mammal Society, 1999.

  • Sigma Xi Distinguished Scientist Award, Texas A&M University, 1991.

  • Distinguished Alumnus, College of Arts and Sciences, Texas Tech University, 1991.

  • Award in Excellence for Administration, Texas A&M University System, 1990.

  • Donald W. Tinkle Research Excellence Award, Southwestern Association of Naturalists.  1988, (first award).

  • Fellow, Texas Academy of Science, 1979.

  • Distinguished Professor Award, Association of Graduate Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences, 1985.

  • Outstanding Professor, Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences, 1986/87.

  • Professor of the Year, Association of Graduate Student Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences, 1974/75.

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