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Duncombe Prize Nomination Form

Nominations are invited for this year's Raynor L. Duncombe Student Research Prizes of the Division on Dynamical Astronomy. Each year since 1995, the DDA has provided on a competitive basis travel stipends and waived registration and banquet costs for a select group of students presenting contributed research at the annual meeting. In 2019, the travel stipend was $600.

Although the 2020 Annual Meeting will have a virtual format, the DDA Committee has decided that the Duncombe Prizes will still be awarded this year using the usual criteria (see below).  Winners of a 2020 Duncombe Prize will receive a certificate but the usual travel stipend will be held over until the next in-person meeting, hopefully in 2021.

The competition is open to all students currently enrolled in an academic program (undergraduate or graduate) at any college or university and doing research in the area of dynamical astronomy. The DDA strongly encourages Duncombe prize applications from members of underrepresented groups in dynamical astronomy.

The Raynor L. Duncombe Student Research Prize of the DDA shall be granted on the basis of the following criteria:

  • excellence and originality of scientific research to be presented at the annual meeting,
  • interest in and engagement with the field of dynamical astronomy, and
  • with the DDA’s intention of increasing access, equitableness, and inclusiveness of the annual meeting.

For the purposes of this award, the field of Dynamical Astronomy contains but is not limited to the sub-fields of celestial mechanics, astrometry, geophysics, cosmology, and star and planet formation as well as Solar System, exoplanet, planetary system, stellar system, galactic, extra-galactic, relativistic, and astrophysical fluid dynamics. The Duncombe Student Research Prizes committee (listed here) has final authority over the appropriateness of a nomination.

Nomination procedure and requirements:

Nominations for the 2020 prizes are due by June 29, 2020.

Important note: Applicants for a Duncombe Prize are encouraged to apply for a student bursary when they submit their abstracts.

Note on self-nominations: Following the practice recently adopted by the AAS, we now accept self-nominations for all prizes. We intend that the prize selection committee will be "blind" regarding whether a candidate was nominated by someone else or was self-nominated. Accordingly, the letter of recommendation must say something like "I am writing to support the nomination of [candidate's name]" rather than "I am writing to nominate [candidate's name]." Any letter of recommendation that suggests that the author is directly "nominating" the candidate rather than "supporting the nomination of" the candidate will be returned for a rewrite.

If you have any questions, please contact the DDA Secretary.

Nominee Information
Contact information for the Duncombe Prize nominee.
The DDA is dedicated to improving the diversity of its membership and strongly encourages applications from minorities and members of other underrepresented groups. Entering the above information is not required. Select all boxes that apply.
Please submit an abstract of a paper for a presentation at the meeting. Note that you should also follow the regular abstract submission process of the meeting as well.
Files must be less than 5 MB.
Allowed file types: pdf.
The letter of recommendation should be from an advisor.
Files must be less than 5 MB.
Allowed file types: pdf.
Applicants should write a cover letter (maximum 1 page, 1 inch margins 12 pt single spaced). The cover letter should address the following questions: What is the scientific significance of the research you are presenting? What is the benefit to you for receiving a grant at this time?
Files must be less than 5 MB.
Allowed file types: pdf.