2007 Great Lakes Science Award1

The International Joint Commission will welcome nominations for its 2007 Great Lakes Science Award from now through February 19, 2007. This Award was established in 2002 to publicly recognize the importance of science and engineering in the management of the Great Lakes by creating the Great Lakes Scientist of the Biennium Award. This Award recognizes an outstanding scientist whose research has had a positive influence on environmental quality and the health of the Great Lakes basin ecosystem.

Commissioners presented the first two Awards at their 11th Biennial Meeting in 2003 and 12th Biennial Meeting in 2005. The Commissioners will present the third Award during the 13th Biennial Meeting, June 5-7, 2007 in Chicago, Illinois. The award-winning scientist will receive $5,000 USD.

Award Criteria

  1. The individual's work under consideration may be either one major research initiative or the development of a body of knowledge.

  2. While the Award is applicable to a range of disciplines, the primary focus of the research must be pertinent to implementing the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement.

  3. Research must have a demonstrated applicability to the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement. Applicability can be demonstrated by:

    • Action taken as a result of this research;
    • Government funding;
    • Legislation; and/or
    • Fundamental new understanding of the Great Lakes.

  4. Only research that has been peer reviewed will be considered.

  5. Sustained effort and contribution to Great Lakes research will be considered.

The award-winning scientist is expected to attend the Biennial Meeting in June 2007 to receive the Award and to make a short presentation on his/her research.

Nomination Process

Nominations will be accepted between Wednesday, December 27, 2006 and Monday, February 19, 2007. A complete nomination package must be received no later than 5 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday, February 19, 2007. Information submitted after 5 p.m. will not be considered. Previous nominations may be resubmitted, but self-nominations will not be considered. Please submit nomination materials electronically to Mr. Bruce Brown, Public Affairs Officer, at the Great Lakes Regional Office: While we prefer to receive nomination packages electronically, we will accept hard copies sent or faxed to Mr. Brown (see contact information below). We will not be able to return submitted materials.

Nomination Package

Please provide the following information for each nominee no later than 5 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday, February 19, 2007. Information submitted after 5 p.m. February 19, 2007 will not be considered. Incomplete packages will not be considered.

  1. A cover letter of up to two pages describing the nominee's research contribution, and how this research relates to the Award criteria and to the implementation of the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement.

  2. The nominee's full curriculum vita, a two-page abbreviated curriculum vitae, and three peer-reviewed publications.

  3. Three letters of support.

Selection Process

The Commission's advisory boards and council will review completed nomination packages from February 23 to March 23, 2007 to select three finalists. The Commissioners will determine the Award winner at their April 2007 Semi-Annual Meeting. The Award winner will be notified the week of April 23, 2007.

For More Information

Please feel free to contact Bruce Brown with questions or concerns at either his Canadian or U.S. addresses/telephone numbers:

Bruce B. Brown, Public Affairs Specialist

Canadian contact information
International Joint Commission
Great Lakes Regional Office
100 Ouellette Ave., 8th Floor
Windsor, ON N9A 6T3
Telephone: 519-257-6733
Fax: 519-257-6740
United States contact information
International Joint Commission
Great Lakes Regional Office
PO Box 32869
Detroit, MI 48232
Telephone: 313-226-2170, ext. 6733

The International Joint Commission is an independent binational organization established by the Boundary Waters Treaty of 1909. Its purpose is to help prevent and resolve disputes relating to the use and quality of boundary waters and to advise Canada and the United States on related questions. It assists the two countries in the protection of the transboundary environment including the implementation of the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement.

1Approved by Commissioners at the October 2004 Executive Meeting


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