Let Astronomy get behind your outreach efforts!

Posted by Michael Bakich
on Monday, December 29, 2014

Astronomy has just announced that we're accepting entries for the magazine's 2014 Out-of-this-world Award, and I wanted to make sure everyone was aware of this great annual opportunity.

If you’re part of a nonprofit group in the United States that presents the wonders of astronomy to the public, you’re eligible for this $2,500 outreach award. I've been in charge of accepting entries for the past few years, so I know there are tons of great programs out there. And I want to encourage all of you to apply again even if you didn't win last year. As our 2013 winner can testify to, persistence is key. For the Louisville Astronomical Society, the fourth time was the charm. Maybe this year is your year! But you'll never know unless you apply.

The entry form for Astronomy’s 2014 Out-of-this-world Award is available for download at www.Astronomy.com/award. Applications and material must be postmarked by February 27, 2015. Here are the rules:

  • Groups applying must be nonprofit educational or civic organizations based in the United States.
  • The award recognizes an organization’s ongoing efforts to involve its local community in the science and/or hobby of astronomy.
  • The application consists of a form and two (2) essays: one describing the group’s outreach projects (500 words), the other explaining how the monetary award is to be used (250 words).
  • Submission of photographs, media clippings, promotional flyers, and other relevant material is encouraged.
  • The outreach programs should be of a size and scope so that the $2,500 award allows demonstrable progress toward completion or improvements. For example, a new telescope for public events, laptop computer, marketing materials, signage for events, structural improvements to facilities, or other technology upgrades would be feasible with such money.
  • Judges will be members of the Astronomy staff.
  • Award money must be used within 12 months of receipt.

If you have any questions about the 2014 Out-of-this-world Award, please don't hesitate to contact me at mbakich@astronomy.com.

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