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Nancy Grace Roman Award


Nomination guidelines

Nomination guidelines for the Nancy Grace Roman Award


The Nancy Grace Roman Award of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific celebrates the achievements of individuals, groups, or organizations working to encourage participation in astronomy and related fields by people traditionally or currently excluded from these fields because of their gender, including girls, women, and transgender, non-binary, and gender non-conforming people.


In honor of Nancy Grace Roman, who spearheaded the development of the Hubble Space Telescope and was a generous benefactor of the Society, the ASP calls for nominations for the Nancy Grace Roman Award for significant contributions to promoting gender equity and inclusion in astronomy and related fields.

Nomination Requirements

Nominations are solicited from anyone familiar with or knowledgeable of the nominee’s or nominees’ achievements. Nominations may be made by anyone except the nominee or someone from the nominee’s family.

Submissions must include:

  • Resume or CV of the nominee
  • Nominator letter of no more than two pages explaining in detail the specific contributions and achievements of the nominee that merit the Award.
  • Two independent letters of support (also no more than two pages each) for each nomination.

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 15* of that year.

*Beginning in 2023, the new submission deadline for all ASP Awards is March 15.


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 Nancy Grace Roman Award plaque, $500 to an individual, institution, or organization, and travel expenses for an individual or single representative from an institution, or organization to attend the ASP Awards Gala.

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

The Nancy Grace Roman Award will not be given in 2024