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Philip Hauge Abelson Prize

The Prize

The American Association for the Advancement of Science invites nominations for the 2019 AAAS Philip Hauge Abelson Prize.  The prize was established in 1985 by the AAAS Board of Directors to be awarded to someone who has "made signal contributions to the advancement of science in the United States" either as:

  • A public servant, in recognition of sustained exceptional contributions to advancing science; or
  • A scientist, whose career has been distinguished both for scientific achievement and for other notable services to the scientific community. 

The award consists of a commemorative plaque and an honorarium of $5,000.  The winner will be selected by a five-member judging panel. The 2019 AAAS Philip Hauge Abelson Prize will be presented at the AAAS Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, February 14-18, 2019.

Nomination Procedures

Please provide the following:

  • Your name, title, email address, mailing address, and phone number.
  • The nominee’s name, title, email address, mailing address, and phone number.
  • A statement (no more than three pages) providing the rationale for the nomination.
  • The candidate’s vita or résumé (no more than three pages).
  • AAAS membership status (member, non-member, or unknown).
  • Demographic information (optional).

Advice for nominations:

The pool of nominations for the Abelson prize includes many exceptional people. Nominations are most successful when they effectively describe the aspects of the nominee’s work and career that differentiate the nominee from others who have held similar positions of leadership. Please articulate both the specific scientific achievements and the service to the scientific community that distinguish the nominee, giving careful attention to the context and details demonstrating “signal” and “exceptional” contributions.

All materials become the property of AAAS.


Please submit all information to:

Nicolle Rutledge at


All materials must be received by August 1.

Past Recipients

The 2018 recipient of the Abelson Prize was Arthur Bienenstock, who was honored for his extraordinary contributions to science, promotion of diversity and inclusion in STEM, academic leadership, STEM education, U.S. science policy, and the public’s understanding of science.

List of past recipients

Each year, AAAS recognizes significant contributions to science and the public’s understanding of science. Learn more about these awards and nominate a scientist, engineer, author, journalist or public servant for their outstanding work.

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is committed to equal opportunity for all persons, without regard to race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or other protected categories. AAAS seeks as diverse a pool of award nominations as possible, including as well a wide range of disciplines, institutional types, and geographical locations.