SOURCE: Maryland Academy of Sciences

Maryland Academy of Sciences

January 24, 2011 13:18 ET

Nominations Open for Maryland Outstanding Young Scientist and Outstanding Young Engineer Awards

BALTIMORE, MD--(Marketwire - January 24, 2011) - Nominations are now being accepted for the 2011 Outstanding Young Scientist (OYS) and Outstanding Young Engineer (OYE) awards presented by the Maryland Academy of Sciences, the parent body of the Maryland Science Center. These prestigious honors recognize and celebrate extraordinary scientific contributions by Maryland residents 35 years of age and under. Nominations are encouraged of young scientists and engineers working in corporations, public or private institutions or agencies, and academic research institutions. Nominations for the awards are due March 14, 2011. Complete eligibility requirements and nomination forms are available under the "programs" section of the Maryland Science Center's website at www.marylandsciencecenter.org. Questions may be directed to oysoyeawards2011@mdsci.org.

The Outstanding Young Scientist award was established in 1959; the Outstanding Young Engineer award was created in 1988. The awards encourage the important work of young scientists and engineers in Maryland, and increase public awareness of their accomplishments in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Award recipients are selected by an expert panel of judges made up of members of the Academy's Scientific Council, the advisory group providing expertise and content review to the institution, and non-member experts.

Each awardee receives a cash prize of $2,500, and, respectively, the Alexander M. Haig, Jr. Medal to the Outstanding Young Scientist, and the Allan C. Davis Medal to the Outstanding Young Engineer. 

The Outstanding Young Scientist award is newly endowed in 2011 through a generous gift to the Maryland Academy of Sciences by Reverend Frank R. Haig, S.J., Ph.D., Chairman of the Academy's Scientific Council, from the estate of his brother, General Alexander M. Haig, Jr. General Haig was a West Point graduate, a four-star general with a keen interest in applied science, and Secretary of State under President Ronald Reagan. 

The Outstanding Young Engineer award is given in the name of Allan C. Davis. Mr. Davis was a Baltimore businessman and inventor who held several patents; he served as the President of the Academy and Chairman of the Board of Directors, and funded the Maryland Science Center's Davis Planetarium.

About the Maryland Science Center:

Named one of Parents Magazine's Top 10 Science Centers in America, the Maryland Science Center stimulates and cultivates awareness, interest and understanding of science through exciting hands-on experiences and educational programming. More than 500,000 visitors are engaged each year by the museum's dozens of interactive exhibits and original presentations.

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