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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.  


  • 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

  • Previous Award Recipients Elected into the National Academy of Sciences
    The National Academy of Sciences announced this month the election of 120 members and 30 international members in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. Among these are 9 previous award recipients.

    Elizabeth A. Buffalo, 2011 Troland Research Award recipient 
    Barney S. Graham, 2022 John J. Carty Award for the Advancement of Science recipient
    Mark E. Hay, 2018 Gilbert Morgan Smith Medal recipient 
    Pablo Jarillo-Herrero
    , 2021 NAS Award for Scientific Discovery recipient 
    Alex L. Kolodkin
    , 2016 Pradel Research Award recipient 
    Dana W. Longcope, 2021 Arctowski Medal recipient 
    Joseph D. Mougous, 2021 NAS Award in Molecular Biology recipient 
    Jay Shendure, 2019 Richard Lounsbery Award recipient 
    Geerat J. Vermeij, 2000 Daniel Giraud Elliot Medal recipient

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 2016 Pradel Research Award, Alex L. Kolodkin values the work of student researchers and used his research award to develop the skills of emerging neuroscientists working in his lab group. Watch the video below to hear about Dr. Kolodkin's current work and how the award affected his career.

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