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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.


  • 2019 Award Recipients to be Announced in Late Janurary

Since 1886, the National Academy of Sciences has given awards to recognize outstanding contributions to science and to encourage innovative research. To date the Academy has presented awards to more than 900 individuals in the physical, biological, and social sciences. 

Mark your calendars to see who will be added to our distiguished list of award recipients on January 23, 2019! 

  • 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.

Featured Award

The NAS Award in Chemical Sciences

The NAS Award in Chemical Sciences is presented annually to honor innovative research in the chemical sciences that contributes to a better understanding of the natural sciences and to the benefit of humanity. The NAS Award in Chemical Sciences was established in 1978 and supported by Occidental Petroleum Corporation from 1978 to 1996. The Merck Company Foundation assumed sponsorship in 1999. The award is presented with a medal and a $15,000 prize.

Jennifer A. Doudna, Principal Investigator at the University of California, Berkeley, received the 2018 NAS Award in Chemical Sciences for inventing the technology for efficient site-specific genome engineering/editing using CRISPR/Cas9 nucleases. This transformative technology offers unparalleled potential for modifying genomes and has enabled and stimulated diverse experiments that were never before simple to conduct or possible to conceive.

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