National Science Foundation Seeks Nominations for National Medals of Science

March 14, 2012

by Paula Skedsvold

The National Medal of Science was established by Congress in 1959 and is awarded by the U.S. President to "individuals deserving of special recognition by reason of their outstanding cumulative contributions to knowledge in the physical, biological, mathematical, engineering, or behavioral or social sciences, in service to the nation." The ideal nominations should convey cumulative scientific achievement; broader impacts in promoting the progress of science; advancing the national health, prosperity, or welfare; securing the national defense; and similar accomplishments.

NSF is especially interested in identifying women, members of minority groups, and persons with disabilities for the award. Self-nominations, nominations from family members, and teams are not eligible, but professional societies may submit nominations. All nominations are due on March 31, 2012, and should be submitted through FastLane.

The Committee will consider a range of criteria including whether the individual's achievements are of an unusually significant nature, whether the nominee has demonstrated unusually distinguished service, whether the contributions have created significant positive impact for the Nation, and whether the nominee is recognized by peers for substantial impact in their discipline and beyond.

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