The AAS Molly K. Macauley Award


ABSTRACT DEADLINE: January 31, 2020

The AAS Molly K. Macauley Award seeks to recognize future space industry leaders by awarding and contributing to the professional development of a set of outstanding college and university students. Five finalists and one winner will be selected for each of two tracks: Business and Space Policy; and Science and Engineering. All ten finalists are provided with a $500 travel award, free registration to the annual AAS John Glenn Memorial Symposium, and the opportunity to present their research as a poster at the Symposium. (The 2020 Glenn Symposium will take place July 14-16, at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.) The two winners will receive an additional $2,500 award toward attendance at any future conference that includes topics related to the author’s paper’s subject. The two winners are also invited and expected to make a 10 to 15-minute oral presentation at the Glenn Symposium.

The Call for Abstracts for the 2020 AAS Macauley Award is now open.


Applicants for this award must be currently enrolled undergraduate or graduate students majoring in science and/or engineering or business and space policy (including law and economics) at an accredited college or university in the United States.

Application Process:

Applications must include the following:

  1. An abstract of up to 500 words (see the format below), outlining a space industry related research project in one of the following tracks:
    1. Business and Space Policy aspects including Law and Economics
    2. Technical aspects of a space-related gap in Science or Engineering
  2. A short C.V. of the applicant, listing academic studies.
  3. A cover letter up to two pages in length, written by the applicant. This letter should explain the applicant’s interest in one or more of the fields of this award, and the applicant’s expectations of gaining further experience or work in these fields.
  4. A letter of reference supporting the application from a major professor or senior colleague.

In March, five abstracts from each track will be invited to submit full papers and present their work orally to the AAS Macauley Review Committee in a virtual meeting setting. Full papers will be a maximum of ten pages detailing the subject of their abstract. Presentations will be 10-15 minutes in duration. The papers and presentations will be judged by a panel of experts during the month of April.

In May, one applicant from each track will be selected to receive a $2,500 award. The award is intended to defray costs of attending any future conference in 2020/2021 that includes topics related to the paper’s subject. Winners of each category are also invited and expected to make a 10 to 15-minute oral presentation at the Symposium.

All ten finalists (including the two winners) will be offered the opportunity to present their work as a poster at the AAS Glenn Symposium and will receive a $500 travel award and free registration to attend the Symposium.

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