Awards Nomination Guidelines
Nominations for 2021 Annual Awards closed March 1
Please read this important update from the ASP's CEO, Linda Shore, concerning the status of the ASP's 2021 Annual Awards and 2021 Awards Gala.
The ASP recognizes individual achievements in astronomy research, technology, education, and public outreach each year. Recipients of our awards have included luminaries such as Edwin Hubble, Vera Rubin, Isaac Asimov, Margaret Burbidge, Carl Sagan, and most recently, Katherine Johnson.
Awards descriptions below include links to specific guidelines effective in 2021. The Awards will be the same ones from 2020. All submissions as well as previous nominations which qualify, will remain in the same status.
Important Nomination Update: Submission forms have changed for 2021. If you submitted in 2020, those submissions are on file, but you no longer have access to the account you set up. Please feel free to contact us should you wish to update your information as is allowed per the Guidelines of each specific Award.
Nominations for the 2021 ASP Awards closed March 1, 2021.
Questions? Please contact us at any time.
Catherine Wolfe Bruce Gold Medal
Awarded since 1898 for a lifetime of outstanding research in astronomy
Our highest award is the Catherine Wolfe Bruce Gold Medal, awarded for a lifetime of outstanding research in astronomy and has gone to some of the greatest astronomers of the past century. The next Bruce Gold Medal will be awarded in 2021.
Maria and Eric Muhlmann Award
For important research results based upon development of groundbreaking instruments and techniques
The Maria and Eric Muhlmann Award is given for recent significant observational results made possible by innovative advances in astronomical instrumentation, software, or observational infrastructure. The next Muhlmann Award will be given in 2021.
Robert J. Trumpler Award
For a recent PhD thesis considered unusually important to astronomy
The Robert J. Trumpler Award is given each year to a recent recipient of the PhD degree in North America whose research is considered unusually important to astronomy. View instructions and nomination form here. Two Trumpler Awards will be given in 2021. One will be awarded for 2020, however we will not be accepting additional, new nominations for the 2020 Award, but rather selecting from the nominations submitted March 1, 2020. One will be awarded for 2021.
Gordon Myers Amateur Achievement Award
For significant observational or technical achievements by an amateur astronomer
The newly named Gordon Myers Amateur Achievement Award recognizes significant observational or technological contributions to astronomy or amateur astronomy by an individual not employed in the field of astronomy in a professional capacity. The next Myers Award will be given in 2021.
For outstanding contributions to the public understanding and appreciation of astronomy
The ASP bestows the Klumpke-Roberts Award on those who have made outstanding contributions to the public understanding and appreciation of astronomy. Awardees include Carl Sagan, Isaac Asimov, Chesley Bonestall, Timothy Ferris, Walter Sullivan, Heidi Hammel, and the staffs of Sky & Telescope and Astronomy magazines. As of January 2021, the next Klumpke-Roberts Award will be given in 2021.
Las Cumbres Amateur Outreach Award
For outstanding outreach by an amateur astronomer to children and the public
The Las Cumbres Amateur Outreach Award, given for the first time in 2001, seeks to honor outstanding educational outreach by an amateur astronomer to K-12 children and the interested lay public. The next Las Cumbres Awards will be given in 2022.
Thomas J. Brennan Award
For exceptional achievement related to the teaching of astronomy at the high school level
The Thomas J. Brennan Award recognizes excellence in the teaching of astronomy at the high school level in North America. The recipients have demonstrated exceptional commitment to classroom or planetarium education, as well as the training of other teachers. The next Brennan Award will be given in 2021.
Richard H. Emmons Award
For excellence in college astronomy teaching
Added to our list of honors in 2006, the Richard H. Emmons Award was inspired by a very generous gift from Jeanne and Allan Bishop, in honor of her father, Richard Emmons. Dr. Jeanne Bishop, a well-known astronomy educator in her own right, wished to honor her father, an astronomer with a lifelong dedication to astronomy education, by creating an award that recognizes and celebrates outstanding achievement in the teaching of college-level introductory astronomy for non-science majors. The next Emmons Award will be in 2022.
If you any questions about the nomination process, submitted nominations or letters of support in 2020 and have questions, or if you need to update any forms, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.