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Virginia’s Outstanding Scientist 2020

Granting Organization: 
Science Museum of Virginia
Submission Deadline: 
Monday, June 15, 2020
Program Descripton: 

Virginia's Outstanding Scientist Awards Program was created by the Science Museum of Virginia and the Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia in November of 1984. The first awards were presented on March 20, 1985, by Governor Charles S. Robb.

In 2016, two new award categories were introduced and the program was renamed the Virginia's Outstanding STEM Awards. In 2018, an award for a Virginia educator was added. Award categories include Virginia’s Outstanding Scientist, alongside the new categories: STEM Catalyst, STEM Conductor and STEM Phenom. 

Virginia's Outstanding Scientist honors those scientists who, through their research and commitment to science, have made a recent contribution to basic scientific research that extends the boundaries of any field of science. 

Eligibilty: 
  • Candidates should have made a specific, novel and impactful contribution to a particular area of science.  
  • Consideration will be given if the candidate’s work has had a significant impact on the Commonwealth of Virginia.
  • A major scientific discovery or significant work to advance scientific knowledge should be disseminated in highimpact, peer-reviewed publications; however, other platforms used to engage the general public will also be considered. 
Application Process: 

Please note: The nomination packet cannot exceed 25 pages plus letters of support. Nomination packets must be submitted in their entirety as one PDF file. 
 
1. Nominee’s most significant scientific contribution must be communicated by the Science Museum of Virginia to the general public.  Therefore, describe the specific contribution in a manner that can be readily understood by the lay person.  Do not use scientific abbreviations or jargon.  (Not to exceed 100 words.) 
 
2. Candidates should have made a specific, novel and impactful contribution to a particular area of science.  Describe the nominee’s single most significant scientific contribution in a manner that can be readily understood by a general committee of scientists who are not specialists in the nominee’s field.  Objective measures such as H-index, i10 index, or G index may be included to convey impact of relevant publications. In addition, discussion of other relevant work which advances the scientific knowledge of the general public will be considered (Not to exceed 250 words.) 
 
3. Consideration will be given if the candidate’s work has had a significant impact on the Commonwealth of Virginia.  Therefore, identify how the nominee has advanced science within the Commonwealth of Virginia (Not to exceed 100 words.) 
 
4. A major scientific discovery or significant work to advance scientific knowledge should be disseminated in highimpact, peer-reviewed publications; however, other platforms used to engage the general public will also be considered.  Please list the most significant scientific papers, books, book chapters, reports, patents, etc. (Not to exceed 25 items.) A link to a list of all publications, to include non-traditional platforms such as social media may be included. 
 
5. Curriculum Vitae, limited to five pages, to include: 
 

  • Education (degrees, area of study, institutions, dates) 
  • Professional experience 
  • Honors and Awards
  • Publications 
  • Community Outreach/Engagement related to science 

 
6. Three letters of support are desired, with at least one from outside the nominee’s institution. 

Notes: 

Recent UVA winners of this award:

  • 2017 William A. Petri, Jr., M.D., Ph.D. University of Virginia
  • 2014 Professor Bradley Cox University of Virginia 
  • 2012 Richard Littleton Guerrant, M.D. University of Virginia 
  • 2011 Dr. Kodi S. Ravichandran University of Virginia

The full list of award winners: