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AAAS Newcomb Cleveland Prize

Originally called the AAAS Thousand Dollar Prize, AAAS established this award in 1923 with funds donated anonymously by Newcomb Cleveland of New York City. Cleveland, a life member of AAAS, preferred to remain unnamed until his death in 1951. Initially, the prize went to an author or authors for a noteworthy paper, representing an outstanding contribution to science, presented in a regular session, sectional or societal, during the AAAS Annual Meeting.

In 1975, AAAS amended criteria for the prize to award the author or authors of an outstanding paper published in the Research Articles or Reports sections of Science. An eligible paper is one that includes original research data, theory, or synthesis; is a fundamental contribution to basic knowledge or a technical achievement of far-reaching consequence; and is a first-time publication of the author's own work.

Today, The Fodor Family Trust generously sponsors this award. Recipients receive a bronze medal, complimentary registration and reimbursement for travel and hotel expenses to attend the AAAS Annual Meeting.

Note: No award given in 1942-1945, 1948, 1973, 1975, or 1976.