2 December 2019

Be FAMOUS on #GivingTuesday!

Diane Frendak, American Astronomical Society (AAS)

Be FAMOUS on #GivingTuesday!


#GivingTuesday is a global generosity movement that encourages people to do good. To increase the number of astronomers from historically underrepresented groups, the AAS will be fundraising for the FAMOUS (Funds for Astronomical Meetings: Outreach to Underrepresented Scientists) Travel Grants Program today and all week.

In 2019, the AAS provided travel support to 37 scientists for the winter and summer meetings. For the upcoming meeting in Hawaii, the AAS received 136 grant applications but could only fully fund travel for 20 scientists. Help us and our future FAMOUS grantees by making a donation to the program.

Support the AAS on #GivingTuesday

Attending the upcoming 235th AAS meeting in Honolulu? Look for those with the FAMOUS ribbon, given to grantees and donors alike, and don’t hesitate to introduce yourself.

The FAMOUS Travel Grant program was established in 2014 by the AAS Council (now Board of Trustees) to offer opportunities for our colleagues from historically underrepresented groups to attend AAS meetings. FAMOUS Travel Grants allow these members, such as scientists at small colleges, minority, LGBTQIA+, non-traditional, and veteran students and astronomers, to overcome financial challenges so that they can join us at our semiannual gatherings. Stipends of up to $1,000 are awarded to offset expenses for travel, meals, and lodging.

The AAS is a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation, and all donations by US taxpayers are deductible under section 170 of the IRS Code. The AAS will automatically issue letters for donations of $100 or more. Federal Tax ID# 21-0735173.