Award nominations are accepted year-round.
The Idaho Academy of Science offers three prestigious annual awards:
>> Distinguished Scientist/Engineer
An individual with outstanding achievements in science or engineering.
>> Distinguished Science Communicator
An individual with outstanding achievements in communicating the meaning and values of science to students and/or the general public.
>> Outstanding New Investigator Award
An individual who has begun his or her career in Idaho within the last five years, and has demonstrated great promise in science or engineering. The recipient of this award is invited to give a keynote lecture at the symposium.
Requirements and Eligibility
Nominees’ work should be conducted in or related to the state of Idaho. That means the person may live and work in Idaho or the work that he/she has done is of specific value or interest to Idahoans. Nominees need not be members of the Idaho Academy of science or even professional scientists so long as their accomplishments are clearly scientific or in the realm of science education. Generally, nominees must be living at the time of their nomination . . . only in truly exceptional cases would the Academy consider giving an award posthumously. Other than these conditions, any individual who has contributed substantially to science/engineering or to science communication is eligible for one of these awards.
Submit nominations (electronically or 4 printed hard copies) to:IAS Awards Program c/o R. Eugene Stuffle, Executive Director 586 University Drive Pocatello, ID 83201-3468 E-Mail: ED@IDAcadSci.org Phone: (208) 317-1477
Nominations must be typed and submitted electronically or in quadruplicate (four hard copies) via US Mail. All should include the following information:
- Nominee’s name, address, phone number, and e-mail Address,
- Nominee’s occupation/title and institutional or Company affiliation (if applicable).
- A summary of the accomplishments for which the person is to be recognized (about 250 words).
- A brief biographical sketch of the nominee, including educational and professional career information.
- The nominator’s name, address, phone number, and e-mail address.
- At least one seconding letter in support of the nomination, more are preferable.
But the core of the nomination is:
- A detailed description of what makes the nominee worthy of an Award. Supporting information including photos may be included.
Completed nomination packages for a given year should be submitted by February 1. Nominations will remain active for a period of two years; after that the nomination package must be revised and re-submitted for further consideration. Additional supporting information may be submitted for addition to a nomination that is already one year old.
Nominations will be reviewed by an ad hoc panel of at least three individuals, selected by the Academy President and Executive Director. If at all possible, the group will include individuals whose work areas correspond to those of the nominees.
The panel will review all the nominations versus the criteria outlined above and make a formal recommendation to the Executive Committee. The final decision will be made by the Executive Committee. The President will then contact the person(s) selected to make sure he or she will actually attend the Annual Meeting or accept the award in absentia.