Announcing The Inaugural Science Seeker Awards

We are pleased to announce the inaugural Science Seeker Awards!

We hope that these awards will be a way to feature several of the most outstanding blog posts, podcasts, or videos from the past year, as well as serve as a way for those who are perhaps unfamiliar with our website to play and explore.

There will be a total of eleven awards handed out. The best single post from among the following ten categories will each receive an award of $100:

  • Best biology post
  • Best physics, astronomy, or earth science post
  • Best psychology or neuroscience post
  • Best medical sciences post
  • Best chemistry post
  • Best podcast or video
  • Best post about peer-reviewed research
  • Best post by a high school or undergraduate blogger
  • Best science art post (e.g. cartoon, photo, drawing, sketch, painting, etc)
  • Best life-in-science post

Click here to see the posts that have been nominated

In addition, there will be a grand prize for Post of the Year which will receive an award of $1000. No single post can win more than one award, including the grand prize.

We’re also pleased to announce that the judges for the inaugural Science Seeker Awards are Fraser Cain, Maggie Koerth-Baker, and Maryn McKenna. We’ll be introducing you individually to each judge in the coming weeks here on the Science Seeker News Blog.

How does the nomination process work?

The nomination process will run from February 1, 2013 through midnight on April 1, 2013 (so, really, the evening of March 31 is the time for last minute nominations).

It’s really simple to nominate a post: just find that post’s entry on Science Seeker (hint: use the filters and search box on the right sidebar), and click the little trophy icon. Then, you’ll be prompted to identify for which of the ten categories above you’d like to nominate the post. All nominated posts are also automatically considered for “Post of the Year.”

Posts can be nominated for multiple categories. For example, you might notice that the post you’d like to nominate has already been nominated for “best post about peer-reviewed research,” but could also be nominated for “best biology post.” If you’d like to nominate the post for a new category, that’s fine.

If a post has already been nominated, another way to lend your support to that post is to “recommend” it, by clicking on the little “star” icon.

At the end of the nomination period, the Science Seeker editors will use the total number of nominations (the trophy icon) as well as the total number of recommendations (the star icon) in order to crowdsource a list of finalists, which will be handed over to the judges.

The judges will collectively determine the winner for each of the ten categories, as well as the overall grand prize winner. The winners will be announced on May 1, 2013.

What posts (or podcasts, or videos) are eligible?

Any post, podcast episode, or video that was first published between February 1, 2012 and February 1, 2013 are eligible for the Science Seeker Awards.

To nominate a post, however, the blog has to be indexed by Science Seeker. If your blog, podcast, or video series is not yet indexed by Science Seeker, don’t worry! The submission process is simple. Just click the button that says Add Site on the top menu. (Find detailed instructions here.)

Any questions?

Feel free to leave a comment here on this post, use the contact form, or tweet us @SciSeeker. For more detailed questions only, email Science Seeker Associate Editor Jason G. Goldman: jason at scienceseeker dot org

Update: Modified categories to add “earth science” to Physics/Astronomy category