Public Service Award

Honoring Service in Public Understanding of Science and Engineering

NOMINATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED – 2015 PUBLIC SERVICE AWARD

The National Science Board is pleased to accept nominations for the Public Service Award, which honors individuals and groups that have made substantial contributions to increasing public understanding of science and engineering in the United States. These contributions may be in a wide variety of areas that have the potential of contributing to public understanding of and appreciation for science and engineering – including mass media, education and/or training programs, and entertainment.

NOMINATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED DEADLINE OCTOBER 1, 2014

Public Service Award Recipients

ELIGIBILITY AND SELECTION CRITERIA

The NSB Public Service Award is usually given to one individual and one group (company, corporation, or organization) each year. Members of the U.S. Government are not eligible to receive the award.

Candidates for the NSB Public Service Award should have demonstrated outstanding leadership and accomplishment in meeting the following selection 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.
  • Fostered awareness of science and technology among broad segments of the population.

NOMINATION GUIDELINES

Individual award nominations must include:

  1. A current curriculum vita without publications (approximately 3 pages).
  2. A narrative statement (approximately 5 pages) addressing the following:
    1. the candidate's public service activities in science and engineering, and
    2. the candidate's contributions to public understanding of science and engineering, as they relate to the selection criteria.
  3. Contact information of candidate and nominator (mailing address, email address, phone number).

Group award nominations must include:

  1. A narrative statement (approximately 5 pages) addressing the following:
    1. the group's activities, and how it accomplishes the selection criteria for the award,
    2. length of years of the program,
    3. number and type of individuals served by the group's activities; and
    4. data on the success of the program (if available).
  2. Contact information of candidate and nominator (mailing address, email address, phone number).

Reference letters are optional, and up to 3 letters (limit to 2 pages each) may be submitted. Letters can be submitted via FastLane (if used to submit nomination), email (in PDF form on letterhead), or postal mail.

SUBMIT A NOMINATION

Nominations for the NSB Public Service Award may be submitted through the National Science Foundation's FastLane at https://www.fastlane.nsf.gov/honawards/. The website contains detailed information concerning nomination procedures. Nominations remain active for three years, including the year of nomination.

Note for first-time FastLane users: Create an account on the FastLane website using the link found in the upper right-hand corner above the "Log In" box.

Nominations may also be submitted by email or postal mail:

Nadine Lymn
National Science Board Office
National Science Foundation
4201 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 1220
Arlington, VA 22230
nlymn@nsf.gov

INQUIRIES

For questions concerning the award, please contact Nadine Lymn nlymn@nsf.gov
703-292-2490.