2021 Randolph W. “Bill” and Cecile T. Bromery Award

Presented to Hendratta N. Ali

Hendratta N. Ali

Hendratta N. Ali
Fort Hays State University


Citation by Erika Marin-Spiotta

Dr. Hendratta Ali is an award-winning professor, research scientist, and mentor who leads a dynamic program in aqueous geochemistry and exploration geology at Fort Hays State University, where she also developed a brand-new degree program. Dr. Ali is advancing environmental justice and racial equity in the geosciences through engaged scholarship, bringing together students from Cameroon and the U.S. into the field to investigate sources of water pollution in urbanized watersheds, for example, and through meritorious leadership across multiple geoscience societies. She is a formidable advocate for Black students and early career scientists, organizing the National Association of Black Geoscientists’ COVID support fund for students and co-leading the National Association of Geoscience Teachers’ Early Career Geoscience Faculty workshop. Dr Ali co-created Black in Geoscience Week, led a petition for anti-racist action by the geoscience community with over 26,000 signatures, and co-created a plan for cultural transformation in geoscience organizations.


Response by Hendratta N. Ali

Dear colleagues, friends and family,

I am honored to receive the 2021 Bromery Award. The Bromerys contributed fundamentally to shape the future of Geoscience. That they saw the need to sponsor this award should inspire us to appreciate their vision, and go further to make geoscience inclusive.

The selection committee had other candidates to choose from. I am grateful I was selected. But, this does not and should not in any way erase the contributions of fellow nominees.

Thank you to my nominators and letter writers for your confidence, time and effort to collect, organize and write letters on my behalf. To those who also offered to nominate me, I appreciate you.

I dedicate this award to my family, and people enduring prejudice, resisting and chipping away at systemic discrimination and racism. We do work striving for the same cause. Progress in geoscience will be our greatest award.

Thank you.