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Robert J. Trumpler Award for an Outstanding PhD Thesis

Past Robert J. Trumpler Award recipients

Nomination Guidelines


The Robert J. Trumpler Award of the ASP is given each year to a recent recipient of the PhD degree in North America whose research is considered unusually important to astronomy.


To be considered for the Trumpler Award, a nominee's Ph.D. must have been awarded within two years of the time of the nomination and most or all of the thesis must have been published in a recognized journal with an issue date prior to 1 January 2013. The nominee remains eligible for two awards cycles -- the cycle for which the nomination was initially submitted and for the cycle following.


Nominations are solicited from chairpersons of astronomy and physics departments in North America. The department chairman should submit an original and seven copies of a letter of nomination, supporting the selection and discussing the extent of independence exhibited by the nominee in the choice and execution of the thesis research.

Eight reprints of the published articles must accompany the nomination. Only one nomination will be accepted from each institution per year, but under exceptional conditions two may be submitted (please call the ASP to discuss).

Nominations received for the current year's competition remain under consideration for the year following.

Due Date

Letters of nomination and the required reprints must be received in the offices of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific on or before 1 January 2013.


The Award recipient will be selected by the Awards Committee appointed by the Board of Directors. If, in the opinion of the Committee, none of the nominees is sufficiently outstanding, the Award will not be given for the year in question. In February or March, the secretary of the Society will communicate with the nominee and, if the Award is accepted, it will be announced in the spring of award year.

The Award

The Award consists of a plaque and a check for $500 to be presented at the Annual Meeting Awards Banquet.

Submitting Nominations

Use the nominations form to provide all necessary information. Print it out and send along with your nomination letter (with eight reprints of the published articles) by 1 January 2013 to:


Trumpler Award Nominations
Astronomical Society of the Pacific
390 Ashton Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94112

Alternately, submit the nominations form online and send your nomination letters, letters of support, and any other information via email as attachments, to awards {at} astrosociety.org with the nominee’s name on the subject line.

Contact awards {at} astrosociety.org if you have questions or need more information.