Awards & Honors: National Academy of Sciences (NAS) Awards

The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) is currently accepting nominations for its annual awards program. These prestigious awards honor outstanding achievement in the physical, biological, and social sciences.

The NAS is a private, non-profit society of distinguished scholars, and is charged with providing independent, objective advice to the nation on matters related to science and technology. Scientists are elected by their peers to membership in the NAS for outstanding contributions to research.

The following awards are considered Highly Prestigious or Prestigious by the National Research Council (NRC). To view all of the NAS’s awards, click here.

Deadline: October 2, 2017
Link: http://www.nasonline.org/programs/awards/2018-awards.html


List of Awards

  • Alexander Agassiz Medal
    • http://www.nasonline.org/programs/awards/alexander-agassiz-medal.html
    • Highly Prestigious
    • Oceanography
    • Endowed in 1911 by one of the leading scientists of the Challenger Expedition, Sir John Murray, the Agassiz Medal has been awarded to some of the most outstanding oceanographers in all fields since 1913. Murray established the award to honor his friend, Alexander Agassiz, who served as president of the National Academy of Sciences from 1901 to 1907. The Alexander Agassiz Medal is awarded for an original contribution in the science of oceanography. The medal is presented every five years and carries with it a prize of $15,000.
  • Daniel Giraud Elloit Medal
    • http://www.nasonline.org/programs/awards/daniel-giraud-elliot-medal.html
    • Highly Prestigious
    • Zoology or Paleontology
    • Awarded for meritorious work in zoology or paleontology published no earlier than the last presentation of the medal (2012). The medal is presented with a $20,000 prize.
    • Nomination Requirements: The following materials must be submitted online.
      • A letter from the nominator describing the candidate’s work and why he or she should be selected for the award.
      • Curriculum vitae. No more than two (2) pages (similar to CVs included with NSF proposals).
      • Two letters of support by individuals from institutions outside both the nominator and the nominee’s institution.
      • Suggested citation. A 50-word summary stating why the nominee should be considered for this award.
  • Gilbert Morgan Smith Medal
    • http://www.nasonline.org/programs/awards/gilbert-morgan-smith-medal.html
    • Prestigious
    • Marine or Freshwater Algae
    • The Gilbert Morgan Smith Medal recognizes excellence in published research on marine or freshwater algae. The award is presented every three years and consists of a gold-plated bronze medal and a $50,000 prize. The Smith Medal was established in March 1968 at the bequest of Helen P. Smith in memory of her husband, Gilbert Morgan Smith. Smith was a renowned botanist, a member of the National Academy of Sciences, and the first President of the Phycological Society of America.
  • J Lawrence Smith Medal
    • http://www.nasonline.org/programs/awards/j-lawrence-smith-medal.html
    • Highly Prestigious
    • Meteoric Bodies
    • The J. Lawrence Smith Medal is awarded every three years for investigations of meteoric bodies. The award includes a $50,000 prize. The award was established as a gift from Sarah Julia Smith in memory of her husband and has been presented since 1888.
  • James Craig Watson Medal
    • http://www.nasonline.org/programs/awards/james-craig-watson-medal.html
    • Highly Prestigious
    • Astronomy
    • The James Craig Watson Medal is presented every two years for outstanding contributions to the science of astronomy and carries with it a gold-plated bronze medal, a $25,000 prize, and $50,000 to support the recipient’s research. The Watson Medal was established by NAS Member and prolific Canadian-American astronomer, James Craig Watson. Watson is credited with discovering twenty-two asteroids in his lifetime. He published many articles and wrote A Popular Treatise on Comets (1861) and Theoretical Astronomy (1868).
  • Jessie Stevenson Kovalenko Medal
    • http://www.nasonline.org/programs/awards/kovalenko-medal.html
    • Highly Prestigious
    • Medical Sciences
    • The Jessie Stevenson Kovalenko Medal is awarded every two years for outstanding research in the medical sciences. The medal carries with it a $25,000 award, and an additional $50,000 for research. The Kovalenko Fund, gifted by Michael S. Kovalenko in 1949 to the National Academy of Science in memory of his wife, Jessie Stevenson Kovalenko, was specifically designed to recognize the achievements made to the medical sciences and, over the past 63 years, has honored many outstanding contributors.
  • John J Carty Award for the Advancement of Science
    • http://www.nasonline.org/programs/awards/john-j-carty-award.html
    • Highly Prestigious
    • Economics
    • The John J. Carty Award for the Advancement of Science is awarded every two years, to recognize noteworthy and distinguished accomplishments in any field of science within the National Academy of Science’s charter. The award is presented with a medal and a $25,000 prize. The American Telephone and Telegraph Company established the award to honor the memory of their Chief Engineer, Vice President, and general telecommunications innovator, John J. Carty. The Carty Award will be presented in 2018 in the field of economics.
  • Members/Foreign Associates
    • http://www.nasonline.org/membership/
    • Highly Prestigious
    • Members are elected to the National Academy of Sciences in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. Membership is a widely accepted mark of excellence in science and is considered one of the highest honors that a scientist can receive. The NAS membership totals approximately 2,250 members and nearly 440 foreign associates, of whom approximately 200 have received Nobel prizes.
    • Becoming a Member: Because membership is achieved by election, there is no membership application process. Although many names are suggested informally, only Academy members may submit formal nominations. Consideration of a candidate begins with his or her nomination, followed by an extensive and careful vetting process that results in a final ballot at the Academy’s annual meeting in April each year. Currently, a maximum of 84 members may be elected annually. Members must be U.S. citizens; non-citizens are elected as foreign associates, with a maximum of 21 elected annually.
  • NAS Award for Scientific Reviewing
    • http://www.nasonline.org/programs/awards/scientific-reviewing.html
    • Highly Prestigious
    • Structural Biology
    • The NAS Award for Scientific Reviewing has been presented annually since 1979 to recognize authors, whose reviews have synthesized extensive and difficult material, rendering a significant service to science and influencing the course of scientific thought. The field rotates among biological, physical, and social sciences and carries with it a $20,000 prize. The NAS Award for Scientific Reviewing was established in 1977 by the gift of Annual Reviews and the Institute for Scientific Information in honor of J. Murray Luck. The award is currently sponsored entirely by Annual Reviews.

      The 2018 award recognizes authors who, through their conceptual consideration and review of the field, have both rendered a significant service to science and had a profound influence on the course of scientific thought. This year’s selection committee seeks nominations of those who have written reviews or technical concept pieces that have led to revolutionary advances to the development of methods in the field of structural biology. These areas include, but are not necessarily limited to: X-ray crystallography, electron microscopy, nuclear magnetic spectroscopy, small angle x-ray scattering, mass spectrometry, light microscopy, computation, and single molecule studies.

  • NAS Award in Chemical Sciences
    • http://www.nasonline.org/programs/awards/chemical-sciences.html
    • Highly Prestigious
    • Physical and Applied Sciences
    • The NAS Award in Chemical Sciences is presented annually to honor innovative research in the chemical sciences that contributes to a better understanding of the natural sciences and to the benefit of humanity. The NAS Award in Chemical Sciences was established in 1978 and supported by Occidental Petroleum Corporation from 1978 to 1996. The Merck Company Foundation assumed sponsorship in 1999. The award is presented with a medal and a $15,000 cash prize.
  • NAS Award in Molecular Biology
    • http://www.nasonline.org/programs/awards/molecular-biology.html
    • Highly Prestigious
    • Young Investigator
    • The NAS Award in Molecular Biology is supported by Pfizer Inc. and recognizes a recent notable discovery by a young scientist (defined as no older than 45) who is a citizen of the United States. The award is presented with a medal and a $25,000 prize.
  • NAS Public Welfare Medal

How to Nominate

Unless otherwise stated, the following materials must be submitted at https://awards.nasonline.org/:

  1. A letter from the nominator describing the candidate’s work and why he or she should be selected for the award. No more than three (3) pages.
  2. Curriculum vitaeNo more than two (2) pages (similar to CVs included with NSF proposals).
  3. Bibliography listing no more than twelve (12) of the nominee’s most significant publications.
  4. Suggested citationA 50-word summary stating why the nominee should be considered for this award. Citation examples
  5. Two letters of supportSupport letters must be written by individuals from institutions outside both the nominator’s and the nominee’s institution.

Important Dates

  • Nomination Deadline:Monday, October 2, 2017
  • Recipients Announced:Mid-January 2018
  • 2018 NAS Awards Ceremony:Sunday, April 29, 2018

Restrictions

  • Self-nominationsare not accepted.
  • Joint nominations are discouraged and will only be considered when nominees have collaborated closely — usually in the same laboratory — on the work to be recognized by the award.
  • NAS membership is not required to nominate or to be nominated.
  • International nominees are eligible for nomination unless explicitly stated otherwise.
  • If the award has an age restriction, nominees are considered eligible if they are no older than the restricted age on October 2, 2017.

Questions?

For questions or more information, contact the NAS at awards@asce.org.

If you would like assistance with assembling an application for these awards, please contact Lauren Sisko in the Office of Research at lsisko@uga.edu.