The AAAS Early Career Award for Public Engagement with Science, established in 2010, recognizes early-career scientists and engineers who demonstrate excellence in their contribution to public engagement with science activities. A monetary prize of $5,000, a commemorative plaque, complimentary registration to the AAAS Annual Meeting, and reimbursement for reasonable hotel and travel expenses to attend the AAAS Annual Meeting to receive the prize are given to the recipient.
For the purposes of this award, public engagement activities are defined as the 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, as highlighted in this video.
The award will be given at the AAAS Annual Meeting.
All nominations must be submitted fully completed on or before midnight on October 15.
Nominations may be made by individuals, universities, government agencies, media, research organizations, and AAAS affiliate organizations.
Prior nomination does not exclude a candidate from consideration in subsequent years.
The selection committee will include distinguished scientists, engineers, science communicators, and science popularizers named by AAAS. The decisions of the committee will be final.
During the award year, AAAS will expect the recipient will continue participating in public engagement with science activities and initiatives.
Nominations are accepted from August until October 15. Nominations are not currently being accepted. All nominations must be submitted electronically through our application form during that time. Nominations will not be accepted by email or by post.
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Inquiries may be directed to the Center for Public Engagement with Science and Technology via email  or by phone, (202) 326-6656.
All information must be submitted electronically through our application form by October 15. We are not currently accepting nominations.
Shane Bergin is honored for his commitment and demonstrated impact to engaging the public in science through innovative methods that bring science into the daily lives of his local community.
Please view the complete list  of past recipients.
Nominees no longer considered "early career" as defined by this award might be eligible for the AAAS Award for Public Engagement with Science .