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Alan T. Waterman Award

Call for Nominations

The National Science Foundation is now accepting nominations for the 2019 Alan T. Waterman Award. Nominations may be submitted via FastLane until October 22, 2018. Please review the eligibilty and nomination requirements prior to submissions.

NSF Announces Changes to Eligibility Requirements

Scientists 40 years of age or younger, or up to 10 years post Ph.D., may now be nominated for the Alan T. Waterman Award. For more information, please see the press release.

2018 Alan T. Waterman Awardee

Kristina R. Olson
Associate Professor of Psychology, University of Washington

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has bestowed the 2018 Alan T. Waterman Award, the nation's highest honor for early career scientists and engineers, on University of Washington (UW) social and developmental psychologist Kristina R. Olson.

Dr. Olson is recognized for her innovative contributions to understanding children's attitudes toward, and identification with social groups, early prosocial behavior, the development of notions of fairness, morality, inequality and the emergence of social biases.

The Waterman Award Committee, an external panel of distinguished scientists and engineers chaired by Gary May, Chancellor of the University of California, Davis, unanimously recommended Dr. Olson as the Waterman awardee from a large group of highly qualified early career nominees representing all disciplines.

"The history of scientific discovery reveals many examples of the important role the social sciences can play in enhancing our health, security and national prosperity," May said. "Kristina Olson's research on bias has been identified as enlarging our perspective on how people, cultures and nations relate to one another. She was a unanimous choice for this prestigious recognition."

For more information, please see the press release

Background

Congress established the Alan T. Waterman Award in August 1975 to mark the 25th Anniversary of the National Science Foundation and to honor its first Director. The annual award recognizes an outstanding young researcher in any field of science or engineering supported by the National Science Foundation. In addition to a medal, the awardee receives a grant of $1,000,000 over a five year period for scientific research or advanced study in the mathematical, physical, biological, engineering, social, or other sciences at the institution of the recipient's choice.

For more information, please see the Waterman Award fact sheet, prepared by the NSF Office of Legislative and Public Affairs.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

  • A candidate must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. He or she must be 40 years of age or younger, OR not more than 10 years beyond receipt of the Ph.D. degree, by December 31st of the year in which they are nominated (new).

  • A candidate should have demonstrated exceptional individual achievement in scientific or engineering research of sufficient quality, originality, innovation, and significant impact on the field so as to situate him or her as a leader among peers.

Nomination Requirements

  • Nomination packages consist of a nomination and four letters of reference submitted via FastLane https://www.fastlane.nsf.gov/honawards/. NOTE: Reference letters should not exceed two pages.

  • The names of four references are required for each nomination. The references cannot come from the nominee’s home institution. References must be requested by the nominator and submitted by the established FastLane deadline.

  • Nominations will not be reviewed by the Committee unless all the requirements are met.

  • Institutions may nominate an unlimited number of individuals.

Inquiries

Please see the Frequently Asked Questions page for specific questions about the award criteria or the nomination process.

For any other questions, or for additional information, please send e-mail to waterman@nsf.gov or call the NSF Office of Integrative Activities at 703-292-8040.