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Mindlin Science Communication Prize

The Mindlin Foundation wishes to encourage and support efforts on the part of researchers, particularly those building their careers, to communicate with the lay public via the Internet. This supports the public’s interest in being on the cutting edge of scientific research. Ideally, this inspires public interest and shares scientific advances with those who will, in turn, support universities and their efforts to push the frontiers of knowledge ever farther.


The Mindlin Foundation Science Communication Prize is to be awarded to the best nominated online science communicator. Nominees must be communicators who are students, postdoctoral scholars, faculty, or otherwise employed at USA-based tax exempt institutions, and who write about teaching, research, or dissemination and implementation in any field of science, mathematics, engineering, or medicine for a lay audience, without employing a pseudonym. The prize consists of $5,000 to be awarded to the institution of the winner, for the support of winner’s academic and science communication activities. Preference will be given to early-career individuals (i.e., untenured).

Eligible Institutions:

USA-based tax exempt institutions of higher learning, research, and education.

Eligible Individuals:

Individuals employed at or volunteering for USA-based tax exempt institutions who communicate educational and/or scientific methods, practices, efforts, results, and aspirations via a publicly accessible online platform (e.g., Blog, Podcast, Twitter, etc.). Nominees must communicate under their own names.

Institutional Support:

A letter of support and endorsement from the institution of the nominee’s communication activities and effort must be included with the nomination.


Prize funds will be remitted to the winner’s institution, to be used in support of the winner’s teaching, research, and communication activities. Restrictions on use of funds include:

(1) Prize funds may not support any salary.

(2) No indirect or facilities and administration charges may be deducted from prize funds.

(3) No other funds available to the winner may be reduced or rescinded as a result of this award. This includes any start-up package, current or future grant funding, salary, or any previously committed institutional support.

(4) Prize funds shall be spent at the sole discretion of the winner, subject to (1-3).

How to Nominate:

Self-nominations are encouraged. To nominate an eligible individual for the Mindlin Foundation Science Communication Prize, please submit a nomination letter, a CV/Biosketch of the nominee, a copy of an example of their communication activity posted online prior to 1 August 2018 with an active hyperlink to the post (for podcasts, a description of an episode and link suffices), and letter of institutional support. Combine into a single .PDF file and include the legal name and tax-exempt ID number of the institution that would receive funds, and email to the administrator at prior to 7 December, 2018. The Prize will be awarded in January of 2019.

Spirit clause:

The spirit of this award is to reward excellence in science communication activities. This prize is meant to supplement rather than replace any funds currently available to or imminently received by the prize winner. It is meant to enable further science or science-communication activities, at the discretion of the prize winner. Institutions violating the spirit of this award may become ineligible for future Mindlin Foundation funding.