July 1, 1999
The Alan T. Waterman Award committee invites you to nominate candidates for the 25th Waterman Award, which will be presented in May 2000. The Award is presented annually by the National Science Foundation and National Science Board to an outstanding young researcher in any field of science or engineering funded by the National Science Foundation. It consists of a citation, a bronze medal, and a nonrestrictive grant of $500,000 over a 3-year period for scientific research or advanced study in the biological, mathematical, medical, engineering, physical, social or other sciences at the institution of the recipient's choice.
Questions concerning the procedures, requests for additional information, or nomination or reference forms should be directed to the Committee's Executive Secretary, Mrs. Susan Fannoney, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone (703-306-1096). In order for candidates to be considered for the 2000 Award, nominations and references must be postmarked by October 31, 1999.
The Alan T. Waterman Award Committee appreciates your participation in this prestigious Award program.
Eamon M. Kelly
Member, Ex Officio, and Chairman
National Science Board
Rita R. Colwell
Member, Ex Officio, and Director
National Science Foundation
Congress established the Alan T. Waterman Award in August 1975 to mark the 25th anniversary of the National Science Foundation and to honor its first Director. The annual award recognizes an outstanding young researcher in any field of science or engineering supported by the National Science Foundation. In addition to a medal, the awardee receives a grant of $500,000 over a three year period for scientific research or advanced study in the mathematical, physical, medical, biological, engineering, social, or other sciences at an institution of the recipient's choice.
In 1951, when President Truman was searching for someone with impeccable credentials to be the first director of the newly established National Science Foundation (NSF), the country was fortunate that a person of Alan T. Waterman's towering reputation was available. Dr. Waterman's far-seeing, statesman-like efforts on behalf of science had earned him the high esteem of the scientific community, and his appointment was widely praised not only in this country but in foreign nations as well. During his long tenure as NSF Director, he worked tirelessly in the cause of basic research and education in the sciences. His leadership was finely balanced between a sympathetic understanding of the purposes and needs of the scientific community and the responsibilities of the Federal government. His efforts were critical to the successful launching and firm early establishment of NSF, the subsequent strengthening of scientific and engineering research, and the improvement of science education.
Born on June 4, 1892, at Cornwall-on-the Hudson, New York, Alan T. Waterman completed his undergraduate and graduate work at Princeton University, where he received a Ph.D. in physics in 1916. He then became an instructor of physics at the University of Cincinnati. During World War I, Dr. Waterman spent two years in the military service with the Science and Research Division of the Army Signal Corps. At the end of the war, he joined the faculty at Yale University.
His many years at Yale instilled in him the standards of excellence in research and education that he held firmly throughout his long and distinguished career.
From 1941 to 1945, Dr. Waterman was associated with the Office of Scientific Research and Development, created by an Executive Order of the President. From 1946 to 1951 he served as Deputy Chief and Chief Scientist at the newly established Office of Naval Research.
On April 6, 1951, Dr. Waterman was appointed by President Truman for a six-year term as NSF Director. He was reappointed to the post in 1957 by President Eisenhower. Although he reached compulsory retirement age prior to the expiration of his second term, he continued to serve in this post until June1963 at the request of President Kennedy.
Dr. Waterman was honored several times for distinguished service to his country. In December 1963 President Johnson awarded him the nation's highest civilian award, the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Dr. Waterman's dedicated career of public service ended with his death in 1967.
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent Federal agency--not part of any other Federal department or agency--established in 1950 to promote and advance the progress of science and engineering, as well as education in those areas.
The Foundation is run by a presidentially appointed Director and a National Science Board of 24 scientists and engineers, top university officials, and industry leaders. Outside advisory groups from various disciplines also play a key role.
Since its establishment, NSF has occupied a unique place among Federal government agencies, with responsibility for the overall health of science across all disciplines—in contrast with other agencies that support research directed at specific missions.
NSF accomplishes its task by awarding grants and contracts to academic research institutions, private research firms, industrial laboratories, and major research facilities and centers. About 55,000 experienced researchers and educators from across the country, representing a wide variety of scientific and engineering disciplines, volunteer their time to help NSF staff assess the merits of approximately 30,000 proposals per year.
NSF operates no in-house laboratories but does support the operation of national research facilities and centers, oceanographic research ships, and Antarctic research stations. The Foundation also supports cooperative research efforts by universities and industry and U.S. participation in mutually beneficial scientific cooperative activities. The NSF does not support projects in clinical medicine, the arts and humanities, commerce, or social work.
To encourage young scientists and engineers, NSF provides graduate fellowships and other awards. Laying the groundwork even earlier, the Foundation funds teacher training and materials development in precollege science and mathematics.
Boosting the nation's scientific and technical literacy is a key goal of NSF. It does this by supporting educational activities in informal settings such as museums, television shows and continuing education programs; through projects such as National Science and Technology Week; and through the release of science news and information to the public in the print and electronic media.
Another important function of NSF is to monitor and report on human and fiscal resources for science and engineering. This includes publishing analyses and statistical studies on the supply of, and demand for, personnel and funding in the various scientific and engineering fields.
Because the National Science Foundation is charged by the Congress with strengthening the Nation's science and engineering research potential, it is fitting that NSF should recognize and honor truly outstanding research by a young scientist or engineer and encourage his or her future efforts through support for continued study and research.
The Foundation does this by means of the Alan T. Waterman Award, named for the first Director of the Foundation, a statesman of science who served as Director under three presidents. The prestige of the Award, approved by the National Science Board, bestows on recipients international recognition from their peers. Many young people are making remarkably creative and productive contributions to scientific and engineering progress.
REGULATIONS and PROCEDURES
1. Selection Criteria
The Award seeks to identify the most outstanding young scientist or engineer in the country.
2. Nomination Procedures and Deadline for Submission of Nomination
3. Reference Forms
PRIVACY ACT AND PUBLIC BURDEN STATEMENTS
The information requested on the application materials is solicited under the authority of the National Science Foundation Act of 1950, as amended. It will be used in connection with the selection of qualified applicants and may be disclosed to qualified reviewers and staff assistants as part of the review process, and to government contractors as necessary to complete assigned work. Disclosure may be made of awardees’ name, home institution, and description of biographical and background information for public information purposes. See Systems of Records, NSF-12, "Fellowships and Other Awards," 63 Federal Register 265 (January 5, 1998). Submission of the information is voluntary; however, failure to provide full and complete information may reduce the possibility of receiving an award.
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