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  • Candidate must be an individual scientist. mathematician, or engineer. Groups or institutions will not be considered for this award. AAAS employees are ineligible. One candidate will be chosen to receive the award each year.
  • Candidate must represent a field of science, technology, engineering and/or math (STEM) and be actively conducting research in any scientific discipline (including social sciences, mathematics, engineering and medicine). They may be based in academia, government or industry. Public engagement activities must be above and beyond job responsibilities. 
  • Candidate must be “early career” which is defined as an individual who has completed their terminal degree within seven years of the deadline for nominations.
  • Candidate will have demonstrated excellence in their contributions to public engagement with science activities, with a focus on interactive dialogue between the individual and a non-scientific, public audience(s).
    • Types of public engagement activities might include: informal science education, public outreach, public policy, and/or interactive science communication activities, such as mass media, public dialogue, radio, TV and film, science cafés, science fairs, and social and online media.


  • All nominations must be submitted and complete on or before 11:59pm ET on June 30.
  • Nominations may be made by individuals, universities, government agencies, media, research organizations, and AAAS affiliate organizations. One nominator can nominate multiple candidates.
  • Self-nominations are allowed. 
  • Prior nomination or even being a named finalist does not exclude a candidate from consideration in subsequent years.
  • The selection committee will include distinguished scientists, engineers, mathematicians and science communicators named by AAAS. Decisions of the committee are final.

Inquiries may be directed to the Center for Public Engagement with Science and Technology via email.