Awards

Stories featured on CASW Showcase are selected by a panel of volunteer judges from work recognized by recent awards given by scholarly and professional organizations. The awards from which Showcase stories are drawn include the following:

AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Awards

AAAS award winners in the Showcase collection

Established in 1945 and endowed in 2009 by The Kavli Foundation, these awards are designed to recognize distinguished science reporting by professional journalists. In 2015, the competition became fully international, allowing journalists across the globe to enter the competition. The awards are presented every year at the Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in February. Awards are given for newspaper, magazine, television, radio and online news and children’s science news. In each of eight categories, there are two awards: Gold, with a prize of $5,000, and Silver, with a prize of $3,500.

More information can be found on the AAAS website. Entries are typically due August 1st of each year.

CASW’s Evert Clark/Seth Payne Award for Young Science Journalists

Clark/Payne award winners in the Showcase collection

These awards, which were established in 1989, are intended to encourage young science writers by recognizing outstanding reporting and writing in any science field. Each year, the winner receives $1,000 and expenses to attend the ScienceWriters conference. The submission and awards process is managed by the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing (CASW, which also presents Showcase). The awards honor two Business Week journalists who offered friendship and advice to generations of young journalists.

More information can be found on the main CASW website. Entries are due by June 30th of each year. The recipient must be 30 years old or younger on that date.

CASW’s Victor Cohn Prize for Excellence in Medical Science Reporting

Cohn Prize winners in the Showcase collection

Since it was established by CASW in 2000, this prize has sought to honor not a single story but a body of work published by a single journalist that has made a lasting contribution to the public’s understanding of critical advances in medical science and their impact on human health. The winner receives an award of $3,000 and expenses to attend the ScienceWriters conference. The prize honors the late science editor of the Washington Post.

More information can be found at the main CASW website. Entries are due by July 31st of each year.

NASW’s Science in Society Journalism Awards

NASW award winners in the Showcase collection

These awards, which were established by the National Association of Science Writers in 1972, honor and encourage outstanding investigative reporting about the sciences and their impact on society. Winners in each of four categories receive a cash prize of $2,500, typically presented at the ScienceWriters meeting.

More information can be found on the NASW website. Entries are typically due by February 1st of each year.

National Academies Keck Futures Initiative Communication Awards

National Academies award winners in the Showcase collection

Established in 2002 by the National Academy of Sciences with funding from the W. M. Keck Foundation, these awards are designed to promote effective communication in science, engineering, medicine, and any interdisciplinary work within and beyond the scientific community. Winners in four categories each receive a $20,000 prize and are honored during a ceremony at the NAS Futures Conference.

More information can be found on the NAKFI website. Entries are typically due by early February of each year.