The Maria and Eric Muhlmann Award of the ASP is given annually for recent significant observational results made possible by innovative advances in astronomical instrumentation, software, or observational infrastructure. The Award will be made to the scientist(s) who acquired the results, to the builder of the instrument/software (if a different individual), or to both as appropriate. Individuals as well as small teams of individuals are eligible. The Award will be granted for significant advances in any areas of astronomy, without restriction to wavelength or space/ground-based observations.
This award is open to nominees from any country who have accomplished recent significant observational results made possible by innovative advances in astronomical instrumentation, software, or observational infrastructure.
Nominations are solicited from major observatories and departments of astronomy worldwide. Nominations will be accepted from any member of the astronomical community. 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. The letter should discuss the significance of the scientific results and clearly delineate the importance of the instrumentation/software/infrastructure advancement that enabled its achievement. Appropriate journal citations to the scientific results must also be included. 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.
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.
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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.