21 March 2014

Last Call! 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 Monday, 30 June 2014. Members may obtain the prize-nomination instructions on our Prize Nominations page.

We've made it easier than ever to submit a prize nomination. Submissions are welcome using our online form or by downloading our PDF form, filling it out, and mailing it with supporting materials to G. F. Benedict, McDonald Observatory, 1 University Station, Austin, TX 78712. Shortly after the 30 June deadline the nominations are distributed to the various prize committees, so 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 and the Cannon award: for these (but no others) self-nominations are allowed.

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.