Nominations for the 2023 Annual Awards will open by early January 2023. The deadline is March 1, 2023
Each Award is briefly described below with a link to Award Details and Submission Guidelines so that you can prepare early. Links to submit nominations for each Award will be open in early January 2023.
About the ASP 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.
The nomination process typically begins in January and nominations are due by March 1 of each year*. Awardees are notified in early Summer followed by a Press Release in the late Summer. Our annual Awards Gala, typically in person, is held in the late Fall each year to celebrate the accomplishments of each award recipient.
* The Nomination deadline in 2022 was extended through March 15
About the Nomination Process and Awards Cycle
Select awards are given each year and notification will be given at the start of the nomination process. Starting in 2022, we have a new online process to collect nominations. Please make sure to consult the guidelines of each Award for instructions and necessary documents required.
NEW! There are changes to the Awards Submission and Cycle process beginning in 2022.
- Each year the ASP will be selecting which awards to distribute in the upcoming year. The Catherine Wolfe Bruce Gold Medal and the Robert J. Trumpler Award will continue to be awarded every year*, however all our awards will no longer follow a scheduled rotational cycle.
- Nominations going forward will only be considered for the year they are submitted, not additional cycles as in years past*. Due to the non-cyclical nature of each award, we will request re-submissions for each award during each year they are awarded. The submission content can remain the same, but we strongly recommend it be updated.
- Submission forms have changed for 2022. We have installed new software that will make it easier to create an account for each submission and submit the necessary documents.
*All previous submissions will be grandfathered into the cycles for each award as was previously specified. Visit our FAQs for more details.
Questions? Please contact us at any time.
Award descriptions below include links to Award details and guidelines effective in 2022.
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 2023.
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 2023.
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. (Due to COVID, two Trumpler Awards were given in 2021, one for 2020, and one for 2021.)
The next Trumpler Award will be given in 2023.
Arthur B.C. Walker II Award
The Arthur B.C. Walker II Award is presented to an outstanding African American (or member of the African Diaspora) who works in the areas of astronomy (including astronomy, astrophysics, space, and related sciences) as a recognized leader in efforts to diversify the scientific community.
The last Walker Award was given in 2022
Amateur Astronomy Awards
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 last Myers Award was given in 2022.
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 Las Cumbres Awards was last given in 2022.
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.
The next Klumpke-Roberts Award will be given in 2023.
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 2023.
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 given in 2024.
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