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Closing Aug 15: AAAS Award for Public Engagement with Science

The AAAS Award for Public Engagement with Science, formerly “AAAS Award for Public Understanding of Science and Technology” established in 1987, recognizes scientists and engineers who make outstanding contributions to the “popularization of science.” The recipient receives a monetary prize of $5,000, a commemorative plaque, complimentary registration, and reimbursement for reasonable travel and hotel expenses to attend the AAAS Annual Meeting to receive the prize.

Note:  Nominees considered “early career,” which is defined as an individual who has been in his/her current field for less than seven years and pre-tenure or job equivalent, including post-doctoral fellows (meaning the nominee is typically within 7 years of receiving a PhD) may be eligible for the AAAS Early Career Award for Public Engagement with Science.


  • Eligible nominees include active or retired scientists and engineers from all disciplines, who have contributed substantially to the public’s engagement with science or technology.
  • Materials to be considered include websites, books, magazines, and newspaper articles; video, film, and broadcasting; lecturing; museum presentation and exhibit design; and other public outreach activities, local, national, and/or international.
  • Only materials produced for general audiences, as opposed to professional or trade audiences, will be considered.
  • Employees of the AAAS are not eligible.
  • Nominations of individuals whose contributions reach broad audiences that include women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and senior citizens, are encouraged.


All information must be submitted electronically by August 15, 2016.

Inquiries may be directed to:Rebekah Corlew, PhD,

Click here for more information and application form