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Since 1886, the National Academy of Sciences has honored more than 950 individuals in the physical, biological, and social sciences through its awards program.  


  • Honor Extraordinary Use of Science for the Public Good
    Over the past 100 years the NAS Public Welfare Medal has continued to recognize individuals’ extraordinary use of science for the public good. Help the Academy honor a scientist whose work is benefitting humanity by nominating them for the Academy's most prestigious award. Send your suggestion with a paragraph on why they should be considered to by October 3.

  • 2023 NAS Awards: Call for Nominations
    The nomination period for 2023 NAS Awards is now open. The Academy's Award Program recognizes outstanding contributions to science and encourages innovative research. Unless otherwise specified, preference will be given to early-career scientists and those whose work hasn’t been recognized by other large prizes or awards. More information on how to submit a nomination can be found here

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 51 have a Lasker Award. NAS Awards: Looking Forward checks back in with previous award recipients. 

Recipient of the 2013 Alexander Agassiz Medal, David M. Karl continues to track changes in the ecology and biogeochemistry of the ocean under the stresses of climate change. Watch the video below to hear about his latest developments.  

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