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Nomination Guidelines & Schedule

Awards


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. Nominations for the 2021 ASP Awards will open up late 2020 with a deadline of March 1, 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.

Questions? Please contact us at any time.

If you nominated or submitted letters of recommendation, you can access your online account at any time as a returning user.


The 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.

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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.

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Robert J. Trumpler Award

For a recent Ph.D. thesis considered unusually important to astronomy

The Robert J. Trumpler Award is given each year to a recent recipient of the Ph.D. degree in North America whose research is considered unusually important to astronomy. View instructions and nomination form here. The next Trumpler Award will be given in 2021.

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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.

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Klumpke-Roberts Award

For outstanding contributions to the public understanding and appreciation of astronomy

The ASP bestows the annual 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. The next Klumpke-Roberts Award will be given in 2022.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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If you submitted nominations or letters of support you can access your online account at anytime.

Please contact awards@astrosociety.org if you have questions about the nomination process

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