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Different AAS prizes and awards have different requirements for their nomination/application packages. Most prize nominations are due in the AAS Secretary's office by 30 June each year. For these, we provide the following checklists to help ensure that the materials you submit are correct and complete. Click on the prize/awardname to jump to the relevant checklist:

*Self-nominations are now allowed for all AAS prizes and awards that have a 30 June nomination deadline.

Cannon Award

  1. Verify eligibility by reading the description and reviewing the recipient list to confirm that your proposed candidate is eligible for the Cannon Award and has not already received it.
  2. A nomination form.
  3. The candidate's/applicant's curriculum vitae (CV).
  4. A bibliography of the candidate's published articles.
  5. Abstracts of three publications illustrative of the candidate's merit.
  6. 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 (see Related below). 
    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 "nominating" the candidate rather than "supporting the nomination of" the candidate will be returned for a rewrite.
  7. The candidate's birth date and month/year of PhD.
  8. A five-year research plan of no more than three pages in language broadly accessible to astronomers whose expertise may lie in areas outside that of the candidate.
  9. Prize nominations generally remain valid for a period of three years, including the original year in which the candidate was nominated. For example, a person's 2016 nomination package remains in effect for 2016, 2017, and 2018. Note, however, that the three-year validity period may not apply to the Cannon Award, for example, when a candidate becomes ineligible by exceeding the age and/or time-since-PhD limit(s).

Submitting Your Nomination

Pierce & Warner Prizes

  1. Verify eligibility by reading the description and reviewing the recipient list to confirm that your proposed candidate is eligible for the Pierce Prize or Warner Prize and has not already received it.
  2. A nomination form.
  3. The candidate's/applicant's curriculum vitae (CV).
  4. bibliography of the candidate's published articles.
  5. Abstracts of three publications illustrative of the candidate's merit.
  6. 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 (see Related below).
    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.
  7. The candidate's birth date and month/year of PhD.
  8. Prize nominations generally remain valid for a period of three years, including the original year in which the candidate was nominated. For example, a person's 2016 nomination package remains in effect for 2016, 2017, and 2018. Note, however, that the three-year validity period may not apply to the Pierce or Warner Prize, for example, when a candidate becomes ineligible by exceeding the age and/or time-since-PhD limit(s).

Submitting Your Nomination

Chambliss Amateur Achievement Award

  1. Verify eligibility by reading the description and reviewing the recipient list to confirm that your proposed candidate is eligible for the award and has not already received it.
  2. nomination form.
  3. The candidate's/applicant's curriculum vitae (CV).
  4. Optional: If possible, in lieu of a bibliography, please submit the candidate's/applicant's website URL and/or pointers to any other documents or publications that provide evidence of the candidate's/applicant's contributions.
  5. 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 (see Related below).
    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.
  6. Prize nominations generally remain valid for a period of three years, including the original year in which the candidate was nominated. For example, a person's 2016 nomination package remains in effect for 2016, 2017, and 2018.

Submitting Your Nomination

Chambliss Writing & Weber Awards; Education, Heineman, Tinsley & Van Biesbroeck Prizes; Russell Lectureship

  1. Verify eligibility by reading the description and reviewing the recipient list to confirm that your proposed candidate is eligible for the Chambliss Writing Award, Education Prize, Heineman Prize, Russell Lectureship, Tinsley Prize, Van Biesebroeck Prize, or Weber Award and has not already received it.
  2. nomination form.
  3. The candidate's curriculum vitae (CV).
  4. bibliography of the candidate's published articles.
  5. Abstracts of three publications illustrative of the candidate's merit.
  6. 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 (see Related below).
    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.
  7. Prize nominations generally remain valid for a period of three years, including the original year in which the candidate was nominated. For example, a person's 2016 nomination package remains in effect for 2016, 2017, and 2018.

Submitting Your Nomination

  • We strongly prefer that nominations be submitted electronically via our online form (see Related below).
  • Alternatively, you may fill out the attached PDF (see Resources below), add the other materials requested below, and mail the packet to the AAS Secretary: G. F. Benedict, McDonald Observatory, 1 University Station, Austin, TX 78712.
  • Again, the deadline for all nomination materials for the prizes and awards mentioned on this page is 30 June each year.

Please see our main Prize Nominations page for more information. Questions? Comments? Please email the AAS Secretary.

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