The National Science Foundation is accepting nominations for the 2012 Alan T. Waterman Award. Each year, the Foundation bestows the Waterman Award to recognize the talent, creativity, and influence of a singular young researcher. 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 $500,000 over a three 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.
Eligibility and selection criteria include the following:
- Candidates must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and must be 35 years of age or younger or not more than 7 years beyond receipt of the Ph.D. degree by December 31 of the year in which they are nominated. For example, candidates eligible for the 2011 award must be born on or after 1975, or received their Ph.D. on or after 2003; and,
- Candidates should have demonstrated exceptional individual achievements in scientific or engineering research of sufficient quality to place them at the forefront of their peers. Criteria include originality, innovation, and significant impact on the field.
Nomination requirements include:
- Nomination packages consist of a nomination and four letters of reference submitted via FastLane https://www.fastlane.nsf.gov/
- 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; and,
- Institutions may nominate an unlimited number of individuals.
Nominees are accepted from any field of science or engineering that NSF supports. The deadline for accepting nominations is October 31, 2011.
The Waterman Award fact sheet is available at: http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_
A PDF version of the call for nominations is available at: http://www.nsf.gov/od/
Source: ASME Capitol Update – August 29, 2011