The National Medal of Science is a Presidential Award recognizing
individuals "deserving of special recognition by reason of their
outstanding contributions to knowledge in the physical, biological,
mathematical, or engineering sciences." It was established by Congress in 1959 and expanded
to include the social and behavioral sciences in 1980.
The National Science Foundation is accepting nominations
until March 31, 2012. The nomination
process involves submitting a nomination form, three to five letters of support
(self nominations are not accepted), and a list of no more than 10 publications
and patents including a description of the significance of each. Eligibility guidelines can be found here: http://www.nsf.gov/od/nms/nominations.jsp.
Multiple awards are given each year and the list of previous
recipients can be found by searching here: http://www.nsf.gov/od/nms/recipients.cfm.
Former plant biologist National Medal of
Science awardees include Nina Fedoroff and Norman Borlaug. Who will be the next?