AAAS Mani L. Bhaumik Award for Public Engagement with Science


Mani L. Bhaumik Award for Public Engagement with Science FAQs

  • Q: I didn’t receive a confirmation email when I submitted my nomination.

A: The confirmation email comes from Please be sure to check your spam folder. Reminder emails and password resets will also come from this email address.

  • Q: Am I allowed to nominate myself?

A: Absolutely!

  • Q: What if I want to nominate someone but don’t want them to know?

A: That’s fine; you will still need to prepare materials that meet the requirements of the nomination package. 

  • Q: Does the candidate have to be an AAAS member?

A: No. We do collect this information, but it will not affect the selection committee’s decisions.

  • Q: Are international nominations accepted?

A: Absolutely!  We have past winners from around the world.  However, all nomination materials must be submitted in English. 

  • Q: What type of public engagement are you looking for?

A:  This is a tough question! There are many different approaches to public engagement and no one approach is considered more effective than another. While formats for public engagement are constantly evolving, successful engagement builds on a foundation of clear, concise communication and mutual learning.  If you are even thinking about it, submit! 

  • Q: What am I being scored on?

A: A selection committee will discuss the candidates’ merits, using a scoring rubric provided by AAAS as a basis. We are looking for candidates who directly participate in public engagement, above and beyond the duties of their job.  Elements of high quality public engagement include a realistic goal, a clearly defined audience, and tailored messages.  Further, candidates should show how they encourage meaningful, interactive dialogue through their activities.   

Further inquiries may be directed to the Center for Public Engagement with Science and Technology via email.