Established by the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2010, the annual Early Career Award for Public Engagement with Science recognizes early-career scientists and engineers who demonstrate excellence in their contribution to public engagement with science activities.
For the purposes of the award, public engagement activities are defined as an individual’s active participation in efforts to engage with the public on science- and technology-related issues and promote meaningful dialogue between science and society. Examples of public engagement activities include informal science education, public outreach, public policy, and/or science communication activities such as mass media, public dialogue, radio, TV and film, science cafés, science exhibits, science fairs, and social and online media.
A $5,000 prize, commemorative plaque, complimentary registration to the AAAS annual meeting, and reimbursement for reasonable hotel and travel expenses to attend the annual meeting, where he/she will receive the prize, are given to the recipient.
To be eligible, nominees must be an early-career scientist or engineer in academia, government, or industry actively conducting research in any scientific discipline (including the social sciences and medicine). Groups or institutions will not be considered for the award. AAAS employees are ineligible.
See the AAAS website for complete program guidelines and nomination instructions, as well as information about previous award recipients.