Mary Sears Medal

Awarded in Recognition of Extraordinary Accomplishments and Novel Insights in the Areas of Biological Oceanography, Marine Biology, or Marine Ecology


The next nomination deadline is September 30, 2020The lead 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:


This text will appear in news releases and on a certificate presented to the Fellow. The text of this citation should be 200 characters or less.

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.


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