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Nomination Guidelines


The Klumpke-Roberts Award of the ASP is awarded to an individual or individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the public understanding and appreciation of astronomy.


Nominees can include a broad range of individuals from any country who are involved in science, education, writing/publishing, broadcasting, astronomy popularization, the arts, or other pursuits that advance public understanding and appreciation of astronomy. See past recipients as examples of the broad range of eligibility.


Nominations are solicited from anyone familiar with or knowledgeable of the nominee’s or nominees’ achievements. 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 cycle years. After the third cycle year a completely new nomination of the individual may be submitted.

Due Date

The Klumpke-Roberts Award was to be given out biennially starting in 2020. However due to the 2020 Awards being canceled, the Klumpke-Roberts will next be given in 2021 and then biennially thereafter.

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.

Nomination Submission Form

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 Award includes a $500 cash award, an award plaque, and travel expenses to attend the ASP Awards Gala.