NSF seeks nominations for top awards

The National Science Foundation has issued calls for nominations for major awards to be given in 2011

Alan T. Waterman Award

This award recognizes an outstanding early-career researcher in any field of science or engineering supported by NSF, including the behavioral and social sciences.  The awardee will receive a $500,000 grant for research or advanced study over a three-year period. 

Candidates must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, and they must be 35 years of age or younger or not more than 7 years beyond receipt of the PhD degree by December 31.

More information can be found on the NSF Waterman Award website.  Nomination materials are due on October 30, 2010. 

Vannevar Bush Award

Sponsored by the National Science Board, the governing body of NSF, this award “honors truly exceptional lifelong leaders in science and technology who have made substantial contributions to the welfare of the Nation through public service activities in science, technology, and public policy.” Among the previous awardees is psychologist Richard C. Atkinson (2003), who served as NSF director and president of the University of California.

Details about the award and nomination process can be found at the Vannevar Bush website. The nomination deadline is November 3, 2010.

Public Service Award

Also sponsored by the National Science Board, this award “honors individuals who and groups that have made substantial contributions to increasing public understanding of science and engineering in the United States. These contributions may be in a wide variety of areas that have the potential of contributing to public understanding of and appreciation for science and engineering – including mass media, education and/or training programs,
entertainment, etc.”

See the Public Service Award website for further information.  The nomination deadline is November 3, 2010.