The newly named Gordon Myers Amateur Achievement Award of the ASP, given yearly since 1979, is designed to recognize significant contributions to astronomy or amateur astronomy by those not employed in the field of astronomy in a professional capacity.
Nominees must have made significant contributions to astronomy as indicated above, but are not employed as professional astronomers.
Nominations are welcome from members of the amateur astronomical community. Self-nominations are not accepted. The nominator should submit 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 cycle years. After the third cycle year a completely new nomination of the individual may be submitted.
The Gordon Myers Amateur Achievement Award, beginning in 2018, will be awarded biennially. 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 that year.
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 includes a $500 cash award, an award plaque, and travel expenses to attend the ASP Awards Gala.
Nominations for the biennial Gordon Myers Amateur Astronomy Award will be accepted in 2020.
Contact the Awards team if you have any questions or need more information.