Nils Gunnar Jerlov Award

Awarded in Recognition of Contributions Made to the Advancement of Our Knowledge of the Nature and Consequences of Light in the Ocean


The next nomination deadline is June 1, 2020. The master nominator serves as the point of contact. 

Each nomination consists of the following elements. All nomination materials are submitted via the online submission system and must include the following:


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Professional History

  • Nominee’s curriculum vita (five pages maximum) must include the nominee’s name, professional mailing and email addresses, history of education, history of employment, research experiences and major contributions, previous memberships, honors, and service to the community.
  • Nominee’s selected bibliography (five pages maximum) should span the range of important contributions and should document original impacts in the highlighted research areas. Multi-authored publications are permissible, especially those in which students or postdocs appear as lead authors. Novel published contributions to relevant technologies and facilities, and community syntheses or reports are permitted.

Nomination Letter

The nomination letter can be a maximum of three pages and must include:

  • The name, title, institution, and contact information for the nominator (and one co-nominator, if applicable).
  • Succinct synthesis of the nominee’s qualifications (a summary of information documented in the supporting letters is appropriate).

Supporting Letters 

A minimum of three and a maximum of five letters of support (in addition to the nomination letter) must be submitted. Letters signed by more than one writer are not permitted. Submission on letterhead is preferred, electronic signatures permitted. Letters must include the supporter’s name, title, institution, and contact information; a statement of relationship to the nominee; and clear justification for the qualifications of the nominee. Each letter must be a maximum of two pages in length.

Combined, the nomination and supporting letters should cover the following points:

  • The nominee’s contribution to the ocean optics community via theoretical or applied research
  • The nominee’s contribution to the ocean optics community via a landmark paper
  • The significant impact the nominee has had on the ocean optics community via lifetime achievement
  • The nominee’s demonstrated pattern of excellence in education
  • The nominee’s history of service to the international ocean optics community
  • The nominee’s significant advancement of the ocean optics community’s knowledge of how light interacts with the ocean

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