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The ASP is a nonprofit organization with diverse programs, workshops, events and public activities — culminating with our Annual Meeting which takes place in a different city each year. We welcome volunteers to help us with logistics, trainings, administration, fundraising, marketing, and outreach. Please send us an email and tell us about your interests, as well as how your background might fit with our needs. Whether you are in the San Francisco Bay Area or another part of the U.S., we are happy to explore potential volunteer opportunities with you.
Nominations are welcome in seven categories, online or in writing until February 15, 2015. Honorees receive a cash award and engraved plaque, as well as travel and lodging to accept the award at a banquet which takes place as part of the ASP’s Annual Meeting next fall. The awards for which nominations are accepted are as follows: The Maria and Eric Muhlmann Award recognizes recent significant observational results made possible by innovative advances in astronomical instrumentation, software, or observational infrastructure. The Robert J. Trumpler Award is presented each year to a recent recipient of the PhD degree in North America whose research is considered unusually important to astronomy. The Klumpke-Roberts Award recognizes those who have made outstanding contributions to the public understanding and appreciation of astronomy. The Richard A. Emmons Award celebrates outstanding achievement in the teaching of college-level introductory astronomy for non-science majors. The Thomas J. Brennan Award is given for excellence in the teaching of astronomy at the high school level in North America. The Amateur Achievement Award recognizes significant observational or technological contributions to astronomy or amateur astronomy by an individual not employed in the field of astronomy in a professional capacity. The Las Cumbres Amateur Outreach Award honors outstanding educational outreach by an amateur astronomer to K-12 youth and the interested lay public. The nominations deadline is February 15, 2015. Submission guidelines, lists of past recipients and additional information may be found here: About the ASP Founded in 1889 in San Francisco, the ASP’s mission is to increase the understanding and appreciation of astronomy--by engaging scientists, educators, enthusiasts and the public--to advance science and science literacy. The ASP publishes scholarly and educational materials, conducts professional development programs for formal and informal educators, and holds conferences, symposia, and workshops for astronomers and educators specializing in education and public outreach. More information may be found at