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Since 1886, the National Academy of Sciences has honored outstanding achievement in the physical, biological, and social sciences through its awards program.


  • Nominate Outstanding Scientists for 2018 NAS Awards
    Nominations are now being accepted online for NAS awards to be presented in 2018. Awards will be presented in a variety of fields including neuroscience, food and agriculture sciences, structural biology, psychology, and many more. Read More 

  • New Award Announced: Michael and Sheila Held Prize 
    The Prize honors research in the areas of combinatorial and discrete optimization, or related parts of computer science, such as the design and analysis of algorithms and complexity theory. This $100,000 Prize was established by the bequest of Michael and Sheila Held, and will be presented annually beginning in 2018. Read More 

  • 2017 NAS Awards Ceremony Recording Available
    The 2017 NAS awards were presented during a ceremony at the NAS 154th Annual Meeting on Sunday, April 30. Watch the Ceremony

Featured Award

Daniel Giraud Elliot Medal

The Daniel Giraud Elliot Medal recognizes recent meritorious work in zoology or paleontology. First awarded in 1917 to Frank M. Chapman, the Daniel Giraud Elliot Medal has recognized the most prestigious zoologists and paleontologists over the past 90 years. The Daniel Giraud Elliot Medal was established through the Daniel Giraud Elliot Fund by gift of Miss Margaret Henderson Elliot.

Jonathan B. Losos from Harvard University is the most recent winner of the Daniel Giraud Elliot Medal. Losos was recognized in 2012 for his novel and penetrating studies of adaptive radiation in vertebrates, notably his comprehensive study of Anolis lizards in tropical America, as summarized in his recent book, Lizards in an Evolutionary Tree: Ecology and Adaptive Radiation of Anoles.

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