Washington Academy of Sciences Awards Banquet

We are continuing our annual tradition of giving awards to  scientists and engineers in the Washington DC area!  Awards are given for Distinguished Career in Science, Excellence in Research, and several Teaching Awards.  Please consider nominating your colleagues for one of these prestigious awards.    For more details please see our Awards page.

Ten people were given award certificates at the banquet in May 2018, in recognition of their extraordinary achievements in science, engineering and education.  The awardees and their presenters are listed on the  2018 Awards page.  


Prof. Dawn Tilbury at the Awards Banquet, May 11, 2018

The keynote speaker for the Annual Awards Banquet was Prof. Dawn Tilbury.  Prof. Tilbury is the Assistant Director for Engineering Directorate at the National Science Foundation.  Her talk was entitled: “Advancing the Frontiers of Science and Engineering: NSF’s Big Ideas”.  Watch the video of Dr. Tilbury’s talk here:

Since 1898, the Washington Academy of Sciences has served as the affiliation of Washington D.C. area scientific societies. The formation of the Academy culminated a decade of planning under the leadership of the Philosophical Society of Washington. The founders included Alexander Graham Bell and Samuel Langley, Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution. The purpose of the new Academy was to encourage the advancement of science and “to conduct, endow, or assist investigation in any department of science.” That purpose guided the Academy throughout its first 100 years and will continue to be our guide through the current century.

Among our nearly 60 Affiliated Societies and Institutions are Meadowlark Gardens and the D.C. Historical Society
Among the recipients of The Washington Academy’s Seals of Approval are Dan Berleant’s The Race to the Future – What Could Happen And What to Do and Karl Pribram’s The Form Within: My Point of View
Among the recipients of The Washington Academy’s Awards for Scientific Work of High Merit are Harry Diamond for Engineering in 1941 and John Mather for Physical Sciences in 2006

The Washington Academy of Sciences has published articles of scientific interest continuously since 1899, first as The Proceedings until 1911, when it became The Journal of the Washington Academy of Sciences. The Tables of Contents of 100+ issues of the Journal are listed here.