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Media Advisory 06-029

National Medal of Science Committee Seeks Nominations for 2007 National Medal of Science

U.S. president to bestow nation's highest science and engineering honor

November 1, 2006

The President's Committee on the National Medal of Science and the National Science Foundation invite nominations for the National Medal of Science, which will be presented in 2007 by the president of the United States.

The honor recognizes individuals for their outstanding contributions to knowledge in the biological, engineering, mathematical, physical or social and behavioral sciences. Nominations are due before midnight on Dec. 29, 2006.

Candidates must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents who have applied for citizenship within the past 12 months. Details about nomination guidelines and eligibility criteria are available on

The National Medal of Science was established by Congress in 1959 as a Presidential Award. The president's committee consists of 12 scientists and engineers appointed by the President to evaluate the nominees for the award. The National Medal of Science has been awarded to 425 distinguished scientists and engineers whose careers spanned decades of research and development.


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Dana Topousis, National Science Foundation, (703) 292-7750,

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Mayra N. Montrose, National Science Foundation, (703) 292-8040,

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