21 March 2014

AAS 2015 Prize Nominations Are Due 30 June

George Benedict

The AAS needs your help in getting due recognition for our most outstanding colleagues. Nominations and letters of support for the AAS prizes for 2015 must arrive in the Secretary's office by 30 June 2014. Members may obtain the prize-nomination instructions on our Prize Nominations page.

Submissions are welcome electronically (http://aas.org/about/grants-and-prizes/prize-nomination-form) or by mail (G. F. Benedict, McDonald Observatory, 1 University Station, Austin, TX 78712). Shortly after that date, they are distributed to the several prize committees. Consequently, late submissions cannot be accommodated.

In recent years the AAS prize committees have noted the small slates of worthy candidates from whom they may choose. This particularly applies to the junior prizes. To address this dwindling number of nominations your Council approved a change to the ground-rules for the Warner and Pierce Prizes. For these prizes (but no others) self-nominations are allowed, with a nomination package consisting of a CV, publication list, and three letters of support. The Warner and Pierce Prize Committee will be blind regarding self-nominations versus outside nominations. Please note: letters of support for the Warner and Pierce Prizes must not include any language indicating that the letter author is nominating the person.

Bear in mind that it is not only the monetary prize but also the honor and distinction that can mean so much to a young astronomer’s career. The award of a prize also adds luster to her/his department or institution in the eyes of the academic community.

Please address any questions regarding prizes to the AAS Secretary.