Awards & Honors: American Astronomical Society (AAS) Awards and Prizes

The American Astronomical Society (AAS) is currently accepting nominations for its 2018 awards program. The AAS presents these awards and prizes for outstanding contributions to astronomical research, education, instrumentation, writing, and service in order to foster and recognize excellence in astronomy.

This announcement highlights awards that are recognized by the National Research Council (NRC) as Prestigious and Highly Prestigious. For a full list of AAS’s prizes and awards, please click here.


Deadline for all awards: June 30, 2017

Beatrice M. Tinsley Prize
Prestigious

  • Link: https://aas.org/grants-and-prizes/beatrice-m-tinsley-prize
  • Description: The Tinsley Prize recognizes an outstanding research contribution to astronomy or astrophysics, of an exceptionally creative or innovative character. The prize is normally awarded every two years, and prize nominations are due by 30 June the preceding year. No restrictions are placed on a candidate’s citizenship or country of residency.
  • Application Materials:
    • The candidate’s/applicant’s curriculum vitae (CV).
    • A bibliography of the candidate’s published articles.
    • Abstracts of three publications illustrative of the candidate’s merit.
    • Three letters of support. Self-nominees may not write letters of support for themselves; all three letters of support must come from other people. To submit a letter of support directly to the AAS Secretary without it being seen by the nominator and/or the candidate, please upload it using our AAS Prize Letter of Support Form.
    • Note: We don’t want the prize-committee members to know which candidates were nominated by others and which candidates nominated themselves. Accordingly, all three letters of support must say something like “I’m writing to support the nomination of [candidate’s name]” rather than “I’m writing to nominate [candidate’s name].” Any letter of support that suggests that the author is directly “nominating” the candidate rather than “supporting the nomination of” the candidate will be returned for a rewrite.
    • The candidate’s birth date and month/year of PhD.
  • Submit a Nomination for the Tinsley Prize

Helen B. Warner Prize for Astronomy
Prestigious

  • Link: https://aas.org/grants-and-prizes/helen-b-warner-prize-astronomy
  • Description: The Warner Prize is normally awarded annually for a significant contribution to observational or theoretical astronomy during the five years preceding the award. It is given to an astronomer who has not attained 36 years of age in the year designated for the award or must be within eight years of receipt of their PhD degree (for the 2016 prize, for example, the recipient must have received their PhD in 2008 or later or must have been born in 1981 or later). The recipient shall be a resident of North America (including Hawaii and Puerto Rico) or a member of a North American institution stationed abroad.
  • Application Materials:
    • The candidate’s/applicant’s curriculum vitae (CV).
    • A bibliography of the candidate’s published articles.
    • Abstracts of three publications illustrative of the candidate’s merit.
    • Three letters of support. Self-nominees may not write letters of support for themselves; all three letters of support must come from other people. To submit a letter of support directly to the AAS Secretary without it being seen by the nominator and/or the candidate, please upload it using our AAS Prize Letter of Support Form.
    • Note: We don’t want the prize-committee members to know which candidates were nominated by others and which candidates nominated themselves. Accordingly, all three letters of support must say something like “I’m writing to support the nomination of [candidate’s name]” rather than “I’m writing to nominate [candidate’s name].” Any letter of support that suggests that the author is directly “nominating” the candidate rather than “supporting the nomination of” the candidate will be returned for a rewrite.
    • The candidate’s birth date and month/year of PhD.
  • Submit a Nomination for the Warner Prize

Henry Norris Russell Lectureship
Highly Prestigious

  • Link: https://aas.org/grants-and-prizes/henry-norris-russell-lectureship
  • Description: The Russell Lecturer is normally chosen annually on the basis of a lifetime of eminence in astronomical research. The award includes a suitably engraved certificate, an invitation to deliver a lecture dealing with a broad astronomical field at a meeting designated by the Council, travel expenses to the meeting at which the Russell Lecture is given, and publication of the lecture (or research related to the subject of the prize, though publication of the lecture is strongly preferred) in a Society journal.
  • Application Materials:
    • The candidate’s/applicant’s curriculum vitae (CV).
    • A bibliography of the candidate’s published articles.
    • Abstracts of three publications illustrative of the candidate’s merit.
    • Three letters of support. Self-nominees may not write letters of support for themselves; all three letters of support must come from other people. To submit a letter of support directly to the AAS Secretary without it being seen by the nominator and/or the candidate, please upload it using our AAS Prize Letter of Support Form.
    • Note: We don’t want the prize-committee members to know which candidates were nominated by others and which candidates nominated themselves. Accordingly, all three letters of support must say something like “I’m writing to support the nomination of [candidate’s name]” rather than “I’m writing to nominate [candidate’s name].” Any letter of support that suggests that the author is directly “nominating” the candidate rather than “supporting the nomination of” the candidate will be returned for a rewrite.
    • The candidate’s birth date and month/year of PhD.
  • Submit a Nomination for the Russell Lectureship

Joseph Weber Award for Astronomical Instrumentation
Prestigious

  • Link: https://aas.org/grants-and-prizes/joseph-weber-award-astronomical-instrumentation
  • Description: The Joseph Weber Award for Astronomical Instrumentation is awarded to an individual, of any nationality, for the design, invention, or significant improvement of instrumentation (not software) leading to advances in astronomy. No restrictions are placed on a candidate’s citizenship or country of residency. In order that the scientific impact of the instrumentation may be assessed properly, a considerable period of time may have elapsed between the development of the instrumentation and the granting of the award.
  • Application Materials:
    • The candidate’s/applicant’s curriculum vitae (CV).
    • A bibliography of the candidate’s published articles.
    • Abstracts of three publications illustrative of the candidate’s merit.
    • Three letters of support. Self-nominees may not write letters of support for themselves; all three letters of support must come from other people. To submit a letter of support directly to the AAS Secretary without it being seen by the nominator and/or the candidate, please upload it using our AAS Prize Letter of Support Form.
    • Note: We don’t want the prize-committee members to know which candidates were nominated by others and which candidates nominated themselves. Accordingly, all three letters of support must say something like “I’m writing to support the nomination of [candidate’s name]” rather than “I’m writing to nominate [candidate’s name].” Any letter of support that suggests that the author is directly “nominating” the candidate rather than “supporting the nomination of” the candidate will be returned for a rewrite.
    • The candidate’s birth date and month/year of PhD.
  • Submit a Nomination for the Weber Award

Newton Lacy Pierce Prize in Astronomy
Prestigious

  • Link: https://aas.org/grants-and-prizes/newton-lacy-pierce-prize-astronomy
  • Description: The Pierce Prize is normally awarded annually for outstanding achievement, over the past five years, in observational astronomical research based on measurements of radiation from an astronomical object. It is given to an astronomer who has not attained 36 years of age in the year designated for the award (for the 2016 prize, for example, the recipient must have been born in 1981 or later). The recipient shall be a resident of North America (including Hawaii and Puerto Rico) or a member of a North American institution stationed abroad.
  • Application Materials:
    • The candidate’s/applicant’s curriculum vitae (CV).
    • A bibliography of the candidate’s published articles.
    • Abstracts of three publications illustrative of the candidate’s merit.
    • Three letters of support. Self-nominees may not write letters of support for themselves; all three letters of support must come from other people. To submit a letter of support directly to the AAS Secretary without it being seen by the nominator and/or the candidate, please upload it using our AAS Prize Letter of Support Form.
    • Note: We don’t want the prize-committee members to know which candidates were nominated by others and which candidates nominated themselves. Accordingly, all three letters of support must say something like “I’m writing to support the nomination of [candidate’s name]” rather than “I’m writing to nominate [candidate’s name].” Any letter of support that suggests that the author is directly “nominating” the candidate rather than “supporting the nomination of” the candidate will be returned for a rewrite.
    • The candidate’s birth date and month/year of PhD.
  • Submit a Nomination for the Pierce Prize

Questions?
For more information on these awards, please email the AAS Secretary.