Alan T. Waterman Award Frequently Asked Questions
Call for Nominations
The National Science Foundation is now accepting nominations for the 2020 Alan T. Waterman Award. Nominations must be submitted via FastLane until October 21, 2019. Please review the eligibility and nomination requirements prior to submissions.
- If my candidate is 41, but got his or her doctoral degree 3 years ago, does he or she still qualify for the award?
Yes. The criteria state that the nominee must be 40 years of age or younger by December of the year of nomination OR within 10 years of receiving his/her Ph.D. by December of the year of nomination.
All nominees must be U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents.
- Is there a limit to the number of reference letters I can submit in support of a nomination?
- Who can submit reference letters?
- Can I nominate more than one qualified candidate from my institution?
- Can I nominate myself?
Yes. Please submit no more than the four required reference letters. NSF will not review more than four letters per nomination.
Reference letters are welcome from colleagues outside the nominee's home institution. Colleagues at the nominee's institution may not submit reference letters.
Yes. You may nominate as many qualified candidates from your institution as you would like.
No. Self-nominations are not accepted.
- I forgot my FastLane user ID.
- I forgot my password.
- I know people submitted references, but I cannot see them on the nomination status page.
- When will I know if my nominee was selected?
Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Alan T. Waterman manager directly at 703-292-8040 for your user ID.
Please click the "Forgot password?" link on the Fastlane Honorary Awards nomination page (https://www.fastlane.nsf.gov/honawards/index.jsp). If that does not work, please e-mail or call as directed in the previous question.
This usually occurs when the reference writer submits his/her reference under a slightly different name than was entered in FastLane by the nominator. If the names do not match exactly (i.e., middle initial, formal name vs. nickname), you cannot see the status of the references. However, this does not mean that the letters are not there. Please e-mail or call the Alan T. Waterman Award manager to confirm the status of the letters.
The Alan T. Waterman Award manager will contact all nominators the day the awardee is announced by the National Science Foundation. If your nominee is not selected but has been deemed a "Top Performer" by the Selection Committee, the nominee will stay in the system for another year. If your nominee was not a "Top Performer" but still meets the criteria, you will be invited to re-nominate. If your nominee was not a "Top Performer" and no longer meets the criteria, we thank you greatly for your interest in the Alan T. Waterman Award.
For further information, or to suggest other questions for this list, please contact:
Sherrie B. Green, Ph.D.
Office of Integrative Activities
National Science Foundation
2415 Eisenhower Avenue, Suite W17100
Alexandria, VA 22314