National Science Board Seeks Nominations for Science Leadership and Public Service Awards

October 18, 2011

by Paula Skedsvold

The National Science Board (NSB) is seeking nominations for the Vannevar Bush Award which is given annually to leaders in science and technology who have made substantial contributions to the welfare of the Nation through public service activities in science, technology and public policy.  Candidates must be U.S. citizens and meet at least two of the selection criteria:

  • Distinguished him/herself through public service activities in science and technology;
  • Pioneered the exploration, charting, and settlement of new frontiers in science, technology, education and public service;
  • Demonstrated leadership and creativity that have inspired others to distinguished careers in science and technology;
  • Contributed to the welfare of the Nation and mankind through activities in science and technology; and/or
  • Demonstrated leadership and creativity that has helped mold the history of advancements in the Nation’s science, technology, and education.

Nominations are also sought for the 2012 National Science Board Public Service Award. The award typically honors one individual and one group that have made substantial contributions to increasing public understanding of science and engineering in the U.S.  Candidates should be leaders who have met the following criteria:

  • Increased the public’s understanding of the processes of science and engineering through scientific discovery, innovation and its communication to the public;
  • Encouraged others to help raise the public understanding of science and technology;
  • Promoted the engagement of scientists and engineers in public outreach and scientific literacy;
  • Contributed to the development of broad science and engineering policy and its support;
  • Influenced and encouraged the next generation of scientists and engineers;
  • Achieved broad recognition outside of the candidate’s area of specialization; and
  • Fostered awareness of science and technology among broad segments of the population.

Nominations are due by November 2, 2011.

Learn more about these National Science Board awards »