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Society for Social Studies of Science

Prizes and Awards

4S is making changes in the way it administers its Awards program. All nominations will be due on the same day each year, book nominations for prizes two years hence, the rest for the following year's prizes. Please note the new email address for prize administration, prizes@4sonline.org.

The Society for Social Studies of Science  is now accepting nominations for multiple prizes. Nominations and supporting materials for all prizes are due by December 15, 2017 and should be submitted through the links below. Nominations already received will be included in the sets evaluated by prize committees.
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Awards will be announced in March so that recipients can plan to travel to the upcoming 4S meeting in Sydney. Award recipients are honored at a Presidential Awards Plenary (usually Friday evening of the conference).

More details on the prizes and past award recipients are available at the links below. If you have trouble with the nomination forms contact webmaster@4sonline.org.

The Bernal Prize is awarded annually to an individual who has made distinguished contributions to Science and Technology Studies over the course of their career.  Nominations  may be made by 4S members and should include a nomination form (with brief rationale), a statement (1-5 pages) describing the nominee’s special contributions to STS and the nominee's’ CV.   

The STS Mentoring Award is awarded annually to recognize exemplary mentoring in Science and Technology Studies. Both mid-career and senior scholars are eligible.  Nominations  may be made by 4S members and should include a nomination form, a statement (1-5 pages) describing the nominee’s special mentoring approach and activities and the  nominee's’ CV. .

The STS Infrastructure Award is awarded annually to recognize exemplary initiative to build and maintain infrastructure supporting Science and Technology Studies. Individuals or groups can be nominated.  Nominations  may be made by 4S members and should include a nomination form (which includes a list of 3-6 people who may be contacted by the prize committee to speak about the infrastructure developed), a statement (1-5 pages) describing why the infrastructure developed is significant, and CVs of people who developed the infrastructure. 

The Fleck Prize is awarded annually for an exemplary book in Science and Technology Studies.  Multi-authored books are eligible if they represent original work. Reprints, second editions, edited volumes, reference works and similar volumes are ineligible. Books must be published in English or newly appearing in translation during the eligibility period.  Books with publication dates in the three years prior to the year they are evaluated are eligible.  Books published in 2015, 2016, and 2017 will be evaluated in 2018 for the 2019 award.  Books may be re-nominated until their eligibility expires.  Nominations may be made by 4S members or book publishers, and should include a nomination form, and statement (1-2 pages) describing the book's merits, special contributions to STS, and social relevance. 

The Carson Prize is awarded annually for a book in Science and Technology Studies with distinctive social and political relevance. Multi-authored books are eligible if they represent original work. Reprints, second editions, edited volumes, reference works and similar volumes are ineligible. Books must be published in English or newly appearing in translation during the eligibility period.   Books with publication dates in the three years prior to the year they are evaluated are eligible.  Books published in 2015, 2016, and 2017 will be evaluated in 2018 for the 2019 award.  Books may be re-nominated until their eligibility expires.  Nominations may be made by 4S members or book publishers and should include a   nomination form, and statement (1-2 pages) describing the book's merits, special contributions to STS, and social relevance. 

The Edge Prize is awarded annually for an outstanding peer-reviewed article or book chapter in Science and Technology Studies.  Articles or chapters must be published in English or newly appearing in translation during the eligibility period.   Articles and chapters with publication dates in 2016 and 2017 are eligible.  Nominations may be made by any 4S  member (including author self-nominations), and  by editors of journals. Nominations should include a nomination form that briefly  articulates the special merits of the article or chapter, and how it advances Science and Technology Studies. 

The Mullins Prize is awarded annually for exemplary graduate student scholarship in Science and Technology Studies as represented in a published article or chapter,  or article-length unpublished manuscript.  Maximum length of texts including notes is 10,000 words. Authors must be currently enrolled as graduate students; texts authored by multiple graduate students are eligible; texts authored with a faculty mentor are not eligible.  Articles or chapters must be published in English or newly appearing in translation during the eligibility period.   Articles and chapters with publication dates in 2016 and 2017 are eligible.  Nominations may be made by any 4S  member (including author self-nominations), and  by editors of journals. Nominations should include a nomination form that briefly articulates the special merits of the article, chapter or manuscript, and how it advances Science and Technology Studies. 

The STS Making and Doing Awards formally acknowledge and celebrate  scholarly practices for producing and expressing STS knowledge and expertise that extend beyond the academic paper or book. It recognizes 4S members who have demonstrated scholarly excellence in formulating, enacting, and sharing theoretically-informed practices of participation, engagement, and intervention in their fields of study. The STS Making and Doing program is organized as part of the 4S annual meeting. Selected presentations will be displayed at an exhibition during the meeting.