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Catherine Wolfe Bruce Gold Medal


Nomination guidelines


The Catherine Wolfe Bruce Gold Medal of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific is one of the most prestigious and well known awards in the Astrophysics community. Awarded since 1898 by the ASP, this award is given to a professional astronomer in recognition of a lifetime of outstanding achievement and contributions to astrophysics research.


The Catherine Wolfe Bruce Gold Medal awarded for a lifetime of outstanding research in astrophysics. This award is open to nominees from any country who has carried out exceptional research through the course of her or his career.


Nominations are solicited from department chairs of astronomy and astrophysics Ph.D. granting institutions in the United States, as well as all divisions heads of the IAU. In addition, nominations may be submitted by any professional astronomer. Self-nominations are not accepted. The nominator should submit a resume or CV of the nominee, along with a letter of no more than two pages explaining in detail the specific contributions and achievements of the nominee that merit the Award. In addition to the nomination letter, we request that two independent letters of support (also no more than two pages each), be submitted for each nomination. All nominations will be considered for three consecutive award cycles — the year in which the nomination is made and the two following years. After the third year a completely new nomination of the individual may be submitted.

Nomination Submission Form

Due Date

For a new nomination to be considered in any particular year, all nomination documents must be received by the Astronomical Society of the Pacific by March 1 of that year.

Contact the Awards team if you have any questions or need more information.


All nominations are reviewed by the Awards Committee appointed by the Board of Directors of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific. The Awards Committee recommends a recipient of the Award to the Board of Directors, which then makes the final selection. The Award recipient will be notified in the summer of the award year. If, in the opinion of the Awards Committee, none of the nominees is sufficiently outstanding, or if there are an insufficient number of nominations, the Award will not be given for the year in question.

The Award

The awardee will receive the Bruce Medal, a medal display case, a lifetime membership to the ASP, and travel expenses to attend the ASP Awards Gala.