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Since 1886, the National Academy of Sciences has honored outstanding achievement in the physical, biological, and social sciences through its awards program.


  • NAS Award Winner Receives the 2018 SAGE-CASBS Award 

NAS member Carol S. Dweck was named the 2018 SAGE-CASBS Award Winner! The SAGE-CASBS Award recognizes outstanding achievement in the behavioral and social sciences that advance our understanding of pressing social issues. It underscores the role of the social and behavioral sciences in enriching and enhancing public policy and good governance. Dweck won the 2016 Atkinson Prize in Psychological and Cognitive Sciences to honor her groundbreaking work documenting that the implicit theories people hold about human abilities and traits have profound consequences for their perseverance, resilience, and achievement. Read more about Dweck's work.

  • NAS Award Winners Receive 2018 Nobel Prizes!

NAS member James P. Allison was jointly awarded the 2018 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with Tasuku Honjo.  Allison won the Jessie Stevenson Kovalenko Medal to recognize his vast impact on cancer therapy and the evolution of the entire field of cancer immunology. His work has advanced science while improving the health and wellbeing of cancer patients worldwide, a process that continues to this day. Read more about Allison's work.

Frances H. Arnold, a member of all three Academies, won the 2018 Nobel Prize in Chemistry with two co-recipients.  NAS recognized Arnold for her pioneering work on enzymes. She developed a technique called directed evolution, which emulates natural selection through iterative application of random mutagenesis and rapid mutant screening in order to accumulate beneficial mutations. Read more about Arnold's work.

Featured Award

The Selman A. Waksman Award in Microbiology

Established by the Waksman Foundation for Microbiology, the Selman A. Waksman Award in Microbiology recognizes a major advance in the field of microbiology. Presented every two years, the Waskman award is presented with a $20,000 prize.

Bernard Roizman, The University of Chicago, received the 2017 Selman A. Waksman Award in Microbiology for his many seminal contributions to understanding the mechanisms by which herpes viruses replicate and cause disease.

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