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The Annie Jump Cannon Award is for outstanding research and promise for future research by a postdoctoral woman researcher. It is given to a North American female astronomer within five years of receiving her PhD in the year designated for the award. For example, the recipient of a PhD in 2011 would be eligible for the 2016 award (which must be applied for in calendar year 2015), but not for the 2017 award (which would be applied for in calendar year 2016). The Cannon Award includes an honorarium of $1,500 and an invitation to give an invited talk at a meeting of the AAS, for which travel expenses will be paid.

Self nominations are allowed, and all award requirements must be met at the time of nomination. Prize nominations are due by 30 June each year.

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Annie Jump Cannon Award Committee

2018 – Lauren Ilsedore Cleeves
For her groundbreaking work on planet formation and protoplanetary disks. She has established herself as an expert in astrochemical signatures in circumstellar disks.
2017 – Rebekah Dawson
For her work modeling the dynamical interactions of exoplanets in multiplanet systems. Her studies help explain exoplanets’ mutual orbital inclinations and eccentricities as well as their migration toward and away from each other and their host star.
2016 – Laura A. Lopez
For her contributions to understanding the birth-to-death cycle of stars in our galaxy. Lopez’s work on supernova remnants, young massive stars, and the interstellar medium spans radio through X-ray wavelengths and bridges the gap between theory and observation.
Photo of Smadar Naoz2015 – Smadar Naoz
For her pathbreaking contributions in cosmology and planetary dynamics.
Photo of Emily Levesque2014 – Emily Levesque
For her innovative work using gamma-ray bursts (GRBs) to explore fundamental questions of stellar astrophysics and cosmology.


Year Recipient(s) Citation
Awarded by the AAS
2013 Sarah Dodson-Robinson For her outstanding contributions to the study of the formation of planetary systems.
2012 Heather Knutson For her pioneering work on the characterization of exoplanetary atmospheres.
2011 Rachel Mandelbaum For her ground-breaking contributions to the field of weak gravitational lensing of galaxies.
2010 Anna Frebel For her pioneering work in advancing our understanding of the earliest epochs of the Milky Way Galaxy through the study of its oldest stars.
2009 Alicia M. Soderberg For her exploration of the physics of gamma ray bursts and supernovae and the connections between these two phenomena.
2008 Jenny E. Greene For her studies of massive black holes and their relation to galaxy formation.
2007 Ann Hornschemeier For her X-ray investigations of distant galaxies.
2006 Lisa J. Kewley For her powerful work on theoretical modeling and analysis of galaxy spectra.
Awarded by the AAUW with advice from the AAS
2004 Sara Ellison
2003 Annette Ferguson
2002 Vassiliki Kalogera
2001 Amy J. Barger
2000 Alycia J. Weinberger
1999 Sally Oey
1998 Victoria M. Kaspi
1997 Chung-Pei Ma
1996 Joan Najita
1995 Suzanne Madden
1994 Andrea Mia Ghez
1993 Stefi Baum
1992 Elizabeth Lada
1991 Jane Luu
1990 C. Megan Urry
1989 Jacqueline N. Hewitt
1988 Karen J. Meech
1986 Rosemary F. Wyse
1984 Harriet L. Dinerstein
1982 Judith S. Young
1980 Lee Anne M. Willson
1978 Paula Szkody
1976 Catharine D. Garmany
1974 Beatrice M. Tinsley
Awarded by the AAS
1968 Henrietta H. Swope
1965 Erika Böhm-Vitense
1962 Margaret Harwood
1958 Margaret W. Mayall
1955 Helen Dodson Prince
1952 Ida Barney
1949 Helen S. Hogg
1946 Emma W. Vyssotsky
1943 Antonia C. Maury
1940 Julie M. Vinter-Hansen
1937 Charlotte M. Sitterly
1934 Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin