The Father James B. Macelwane Annual Award in Meteorology

Applications are due on 7 June 2019

Applications will open in early February.

Supported by the AMS Giving Program

The Father James B. Macelwane Annual Award was established by the American Meteorological Society to honor the late Rev. James B. Macelwane, S.J., a world renowned authority of seismology, who was a geophysicist and Dean of the Institute of Technology, Saint Louis University, until his death in 1956.  The recipient of the Father James B. Macelwane award will receive a stipend of $1000 supported by member donations to the AMS Giving Program.

The purpose of this award is to stimulate interest in meteorology among college students through the submission of original student papers concerned with some phase of the atmospheric sciences.  The student must be enrolled as an undergraduate at the time the paper is written, and no more than two students from any one institution may enter papers in any one contest.

Submission of Papers:

To consider papers for the Macelwane Award, the AMS Committee of Judges must receive the following:

  1. an original copy of the paper;
  2. a letter of application from the author, including mailing address and email, stating the title of the paper and the name of the university at which the paper was written;
  3. a letter from the department head or other faculty member of the major department, confirming that the author was an undergraduate student at the time the paper was written, and indicating the elements of the paper that represent original contributions by the student;
  4. an abstract of no more than 250 words of the authors paper

Award includes:

  • $1000 stipend
  • Partial travel support to the AMS Annual Meeting.

The evaluation of papers occurs during the summer.  Announcement of the award recipient will be made in the fall of 2019.


 The application includes specific guidelines; if you have further questions, contact  AMS Development and Student Program Manager Donna Fernandez ( 617-227-2426 ext. 3907).