The Bassam Z. Shakhashiri Public Science Engagement Award is to be presented in recognition of a University of Wisconsin-Madison faculty and academic staff member (one awarded to each category) who has shown excellence in engaging the public in their work in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) research. Two $5,000 awards will be announced and presented in spring 2023. Nominations will open October 10, 2022, and close at midnight on November 21, 2022.
The award is named for Bassam Z. Shakhashiri, emeritus professor of chemistry and the William T. Evjue Distinguished Chair for the Wisconsin Idea, in honor of his “Science is Fun” philosophy and long-term commitment to science education and public engagement.
Nominations will consist of a short essay (max 500 words) describing how and why the nominee engages the public in science. They should also include supporting evidence (two or three pictures or a short video) of engagement.
Nomination materials should address the following criteria:
- Public science engagement that consistently and substantially exceeds in quality the expectations of their position. In keeping with the Wisconsin Idea, engagement should contribute to the individual’s department, institution and the state of Wisconsin.
- Initiative and creativity: Performance that consistently and substantially demonstrates an innovative approach to public science engagement for the common good of society.
- Type of public engagement and audiences.
- Underserved communities: Describe how access to and participation in STEAM has been broadened.
For faculty nominees:
- Address the degree to which public engagement is communicated as a priority for their research team or to which they encourage their research team to participate in Public Engagement in Science activities.
This award is supported by the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, the Morgridge Institute for Research, and UW-Madison’s Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education.