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Barry Richmond Scholarship Award

Systems Thinking

The Barry Richmond Scholarship Award was established in 2007 by isee systems to honor and continue the legacy of its founder, Barry Richmond. Barry was devoted to helping others become better “Systems Citizens”. It was his mission to make Systems Thinking and System Dynamics accessible to people in all fields and professions.

The award is presented annually to a deserving Systems Thinking/System Dynamics practitioner whose work demonstrates a desire to expand the field or to apply it to current social issues. Applicants are considered based on quality of work as well as financial need and how well we believe the applicant can further Barry's mission of bringing Systems Thinking to everyone. The recipient receives a $1,000 cash scholarship to help offset the cost of attending the Annual International System Dynamics Conference in Bergen, Norway.

To Apply:

Email all three of the following to

  1. Completed Application Form
  2. A recent example of your work. Submissions may include but are not limited to the following:
    1. Executive summary or case study of an application using Systems Thinking/System Dynamics
    2. Paper or article with an accompanying model
    3. Course curriculum or lesson plans that incorporate teaching of Systems Thinking skills or concepts
  3. Letter of reference

Applications that do not include all three documents will not be considered.

Deadline: May 6, 2025

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Past Recipients


Using System Dynamics modeling to forecast China’s population

Junlai Zhang
Presented in Chicago, Illinois


2021 Virtual Conference

No recipients—funds donated to the System Dynamics Society for student scholarships
Hosted in Chicago, IL


2020 Virtual Conference

Valentina Ghinea, Carmen Stayton, Sarah Tolch
Hosted in Bergen, Norway


The Dynamics of Social Movements

Rachel Matsumoto
Dartmouth College
Presented in Albuquerque, NM


Progress in Education for Sustainable Development: Improving Learning Using System Dynamics

Conor Meehan, Therese Bennich, David Collste
Presented in Cambridge, MA


Using Group Model Building to teach student teams systems thinking for more sustainable Engineers Without Borders USA projects

Jeffrey Walters
Universidad Diego Portales, Santiago, Chile
Presented in Delft, Netherlands


Exploring Degrowth Pathways Using System Dynamics

Therese Bennich, Tom Bongers, David Collste
Presented in Cambridge, MA


A Stock and Flow Based Framework for Indicator Identification for Evaluation of Crop Production System

Siva Muthuprakash Kottakarar Murugan
Indian Institute of Technology Bombay
Presented in Delft, Netherlands


Unintended Effects of Changes in NIH Appropriations: Challenges for Biomedical Research Workforce Development

Mauricio Gomez Diaz
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
St. Gallen, Switzerland


Beliefs About Teaching and Learning

Sarah Boyar
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Presented in Washington, D.C.


Effect of Conditional Feedback on Learning

Navid Ghaffarzadegan
State University of New York
Athens, Greece


Evaluating System Dynamics as a Tool for Teaching History

Margarita Cruz
University of Bergen
Presented in Boston, MA

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