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Nominations Sought for 2014 NSF Alan T. Waterman Award

Friday, September 13, 2013 - 14:38

This item was received from Cora B. Marrett, Acting Director of the National Science Foundation:

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is pleased to accept nominations for the 2014 Alan T. Waterman Award. Each year, the Foundation bestows the Waterman Award in recognition of the talent, creativity, and influence of a singular young researcher. Established in 1975 to commemorate the Foundation's first director, the Waterman Award is NSF's highest honor for promising early-career researchers.

Nominees are accepted from all sources, from any field of science and engineering that NSF supports. The award recipient will receive a medal and an invitation to the formal awards ceremony in Washington, DC. In addition, the recipient will receive a grant of $1,000,000 over a five-year period for scientific research or advanced study in any field of science or engineering supported by the National Science Foundation, at any institution of the recipient's choice. We are especially interested in nominations for women, members of underrepresented minority groups, and persons with disabilities.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

Candidates must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. They must be 35 years of age or younger, or not more than 7 years beyond receipt of their Ph.D. degree, by 31 December of the year in which they are nominated.

Candidates should have demonstrated exceptional individual achievements in scientific or engineering research of sufficient quality, originality, innovation, and significant impact on the field to place them at the forefront of their peers.

Complete nomination packages, consisting of nominations and four letters of reference, are due by 25 October 2013. The nominations and letters must be received through the FastLane system.

Please contact the Program Manager for the Alan T. Waterman Award at or 703-292-8040 if you have any questions, or visit A PDF version of the call for nominations is also available.

The nomination of deserving colleagues is one of the most important and gratifying aspects of service in the scientific community. Please help celebrate the contributions of a promising young researcher by submitting a nomination for the Alan T. Waterman award.

Richard Tresch Fienberg
Press Officer
American Astronomical Society (AAS)