Tuesday, July 27, 2010

New $5,000 award for early-career scientists who engage public audiences

The American Association for the Advancement of Science, my former employer and current client, is inviting nominations for a new $5,000 award for early career scientists and engineers who carry out activities "that promote interactive dialogue with a non-scientific, public audience."  Activities might include "informal science education, public outreach, public policy, and/or science communication activities, such as mass media, public dialogue, radio, TV and film, science cafĂ©, science exhibit, science fair, and social and online media."

AAAS affiliate organizations--many of them major scientific societies--universities, government agencies, media, research organizations, and individuals may submit nominations now through October 15, 2010. The award will include a $5000 prize and support to attend the 2011 AAAS Annual Meeting next February. The award is open to individual "early career" scientists and engineers who have been working in their current field for less than seven years (at a pre-tenure or equivalent level); post-doctoral students are eligible for nomination.  Read more about the award eligibility and nomination procedures, and a related announcement that details judges, donors for the endowed award, and more.

The award's a great opportunity to recognize and reward young scientists who are making an effort to engage in discussion with non-scientists, so pass this new opportunity on.

2 comments:

Grant said...

You may wish to state explicitly if applicants (a) have to be residents or citizens of the USA and/or (a) members of the AAAS. It’s not clear to me if these are requirements or not.

Denise Graveline said...

Grant, there's a link in the post to the AAAS website, the authoritative source for your question and all of the requirements. Let me encourage you to explore it and pose your question to the award organizers directly! Feel free to report back, too.