Awards Nomination Procedure

Thank you for your interest in submitting an award nomination!  While the nominator is responsible for uploading the entire nomination package, it takes a team!

What You Need for Most Nominations

  • Nominating letter – limited to 3 pages
  • Three supporting letters – limited to 2 pages each
  • Citation – 25 words or less
  • CV – limited to 2 pages
  • Bibliography – limited to 3 pages

Award procedures can vary, make sure you check for any special procedures for a given award.

What is an Award Citation? 

In 25 words or less, suggest a citation to reflect the nominee’s accomplishments, as it relates to the nomination for that particular award.  It generally sums up what is in the nomination letter.  For citation examples, see the complete list of award winners.

Who can Nominate?

It is not necessary to be an AMS member to nominate or support an award nomination.  If you are not a member of AMS, please contact to receive a USERID and password.  Award committee members will not be involved in the nomination process for the awards they select.

Your Role as an Nominator

Captain of the team consisting of the three people willing to write supporting letters.  The Nominator is responsible for submitting the entire nomination package.

Formulate a plan:

  • What areas will the three supporting letters cover or supplement? 
  • Who will gather the CV and Bibliography? 
  • Who will craft the 25 word or less citation? 
  • When is the deadline for all material due to the Nominator?
  • Nominations are due to AMS 1 May.


How to Nominate

Award nominations are submitted online by 1 May.

On the nominations page, enter your email address and password, then click submit. At this point, click on the award title for which you will be nominating someone and click submit. At this screen you need to fill in your title and affiliation and click submit. On the following screen, fill in the nominee’s first and last name, last name only, affiliation, (birth date and date highest degree received for specific awards), and member number if known. The next screen allows you to edit along with selecting the items from the “check list” box on the left.

The nominees for awards remain on the committee's active list for three years.  You will be allowed to update an unsuccessful nomination at the beginning of the next award cycle.

Transferring an Award Nomination

If during deliberations an awards committee feels that a nomination is better suited for a different award, AMS staff will go back to the nominator and provide the information passed along from the committee.  The nominator will be given the opportunity to rewrite the nomination toward the suggested award and resubmit.  This nomination will begin a new three-year cycle with this submission.

Fellow and Lecturer Nominations

Please visit  the Fellows page for more information and nomination procedures.  NOTE, you must be an active AMS Member to submit a Fellow nomination.

Please visit the Lecturers page for more information and nomination forms.

Questions?  Please contact