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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 in Molecular Biology: Age Limit Extended
    The NAS Award in Molecular Biology recognizes a recent notable discovery by a young scientist (preferably no older than 45) who is a citizen of the United States. In certain cases, scientists up to 50 years of age are eligible for consideration. For example, having children or other life events that routinely add time to tenure clocks. For nominations of scientists over 45, please describe in the nomination letter why an age extension is appropriate. 

  • 2022 NAS Awards: Deadline Approaching
    Nominations are still being accepted for the NAS awards to be presented in 2022, which cover a wide range of fields including infectious diseases, mathematics, neurosciences, astronomy, and more.  Nominations will be accepted online until Monday, October 4 at 11:59 pm Eastern.

Looking Forward- Featured Recipient

Previous NAS award recipients continue to achieve outstanding advancements in their fields. Over 120 have received a National Medal of Science, 79 have received a Nobel Prize, and 49 have a Lasker Award. NAS Awards: Looking Forward checks back in with previous award recipients. 

NAS member Richard B. Alley, The Pennsylvania State University, recieved the 2014 Arthur L. Day Prize and Lectureship for his contributions to understanding the Earth’s past climate through high precision dating of ice cores and for his elucidation of the physical and chemical processes that govern the accumulation of ice and its movement in glaciers and ice streams. To hear how the award affect his career, watch the video below.  

Want to learn more? Alley presented a series of five lectures on a variety of topics including climate change, energy, and the environment at locations throughout the United States. Learn more about Alley's Day Lectures» 

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