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National Science Foundation Accepting Nominations for 2012 National Medal of Science

Posted By Kathy R. Munkvold, Monday, February 13, 2012

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?

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