Recognition of outstanding scientific research and technological innovation is one of the most important activities within AVS. Through our prestigious award program, the Society seeks to honor a wide range of extraordinary accomplishments vital to progress in fields of interest to AVS. Selection for an AVS award is a reflection of contributions judged exceptional by the AVS Trustees who are elected by the AVS membership.
Awards given by AVS are offered to recognize outstanding individual accomplishments in the fields of interest to the Society. All AVS awards may be presented annually with the exception of the Gaede-Langmuir Award and the John A. Thornton Award, which are biennial: the Gaede-Langmuir Award in even-numbered years and the John A. Thornton Award in odd-numbered years. Nominations remain active for the following number of years: Medard W. Welch three (3) years; Peter Mark while the nominee is eligible. Gaede-Langmuir and John A. Thornton Memorial Awards four (4) years. Fellow two (2) years. Re-nominations require a completely new submission.
Nominations for AVS Awards are reviewed each year by the AVS Awards Committee, which recommends awardees to the Board of Directors. In the event that an insufficient number of nominations has been received for a particular award, the Committee may elect to make no recommendation. All AVS awards are made without regard to race, sex, or nationality, with the exception of the Nellie Yeoh Whetten Award, which is gender-based.