History: Established 2010. The first award was made in 2011.
Members: The three Vice Presidents of the Society and the editor-in-chief of the Astrophysical Journal and Astronomical Journal.
Chair: The senior Vice President.
Charge: Nominating candidates for the Lancelot M. Berkeley - New York Community Trust Prize for Meritorious Work in Astronomy.
About the Prize: The Lancelot M. Berkeley - New York Community Trust Prize for Meritorious Work in Astronomy (the Lancelot Berkeley Prize) is awarded annually for highly meritorious work in advancing the science of astronomy during the previous year. The prize amount for 2013 and 2014 will be $7500 (split equally among the recipients) plus travel expenses to attend an AAS meeting in the next twelve months to present a prize lecture. The award shall be given without distinction as to nationality. The work being recognized must have been published in a peer-reviewed journal in the calendar year prior to the AAS prize nomination deadline. The award may be shared by up to three people as appropriate. Individuals are eligible to receive the award more than once.