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Media Advisory 06-028

National Science Foundation Seeks Nominations for 2007 Alan T. Waterman Award

Honor recognizes outstanding young researcher and is highest bestowed by the agency

November 1, 2006

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The National Science Foundation (NSF) invites nominations for the Alan T. Waterman Award, which will be presented in May 2007. The award is bestowed by the NSF and recognizes an outstanding young researcher in any field of science or engineering supported by NSF. Nominations are due before midnight on Dec. 31, 2006.

The awardee receives a bronze medal and a grant of $500,000 over a 3-year period to conduct scientific research or pursue advanced study in the mathematical, physical, medical, biological, engineering, social or other sciences. The award is the highest honor that NSF gives to individuals who have demonstrated exceptional individual achievement in science or research.

Candidates must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents 35 years old or younger, or who have received their doctoral degree in the past 7 years. Details about nomination, eligibility and selection criteria are available at

The Alan T. Waterman Award was established by Congress in 1975 to honor NSF's first director. Waterman served as director from 1950 to 1963, and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1963. He died in 1967.


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