NSB Public Service Award

Honoring Service in promoting Public Understanding of Science and Engineering

Nominations are no longer being accepted for the 2019 NSB Public Service Award. For the 2020 award, nominations will open in June 2019.


Public Service Award The National Science Board (NSB) Public Service Award honors individuals and groups that have made substantial contributions to increasing public understanding of science and engineering in the United States. These contributions may be in a wide variety of areas that have the potential of contributing to public understanding of and appreciation for science and engineering, including: media, education, training programs, and entertainment.

To view previous recipients of the award, visit: Past Recipients of the NSB Public Service Award

 

ELIGIBILITY AND SELECTION CRITERIA

Candidates for the NSB Public Service Award should have demonstrated outstanding leadership and accomplishment in meeting the following selection criteria:

  1. Increased the public's understanding of the processes of science and engineering through scientific discovery, innovation, and its communication to the public.
  2. Encouraged others to help raise the public understanding of science and technology.
  3. Promoted the engagement of scientists and engineers in public outreach and scientific literacy.
  4. Contributed to the development of broad science and engineering policy and its support.
  5. Influenced and encouraged the next generation of scientists and engineers.
  6. Achieved broad recognition outside of the candidate's area of specialization.
  7. Fostered awareness of science and technology among broad segments of the population.

Please note that employees of the federal government are not eligible for this award.

 

NOMINATION GUIDELINES

Nominations for an individual must include:

  1. A current curriculum vita without publications (no more than 3 pages).
  2. A narrative statement (no more than 5 pages) addressing the following:
    1. the candidate's public service activities in science and engineering, and
    2. the candidate's contributions to public understanding of science and engineering, as they relate to the selection criteria.
  3. Contact information of candidate and nominator (mailing address, email address, phone number).

Nominations for a group must include:

  1. A narrative statement (no more than 5 pages) addressing the following:
    1. the group's activities, and how it accomplishes the selection criteria for the award,
    2. length of years of the program,
    3. number and type of individuals served by the group's activities; and
    4. data on the success of the program, if available.
  2. Contact information of candidate and nominator- mailing address, email address, phone number.
  3. Reference letters are optional - up to 3 letters (no more than to 2 pages each) may be submitted on letterhead.

 

SUBMIT A NOMINATION

Please save all nomination documents as PDF or Word files and email them as attachments to: nsbawards@nsf.gov

 

INQUIRIES

For questions, please contact Kim Silverman at ksilverm@nsf.gov, 703-292-4515.