The Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) and the Utah Science Technology and Research initiative (USTAR) are now accepting nominations for the 27th annual awards to be presented for 2014. Following the final selection of the awardees, Governor Gary R. Herbert will present the awards at a dinner in March 2015.

The Governor’s Medal award program was initiated in 1987 to recognize those who have provided distinguished service or made significant career achievements that have benefitted the State of Utah in the areas of science and technology.

This year, nominations will follow a simplified, two-step submittal process. All that is needed to initiate nomination is a one-page form available online at: http://business.utah.gov/programs/state-science-advisor/governors-medals/.

Nominations should be addressed to GOED, attn. Science Medals, 60 E. South Temple 3rd Floor, Salt Lake City, UT 84111. Nominees selected from the first round of applications may be asked to submit a more complete application package that would include letters of recommendation.

Any Utah resident or organization may submit nominations, and all nominations must be received by 5 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. [PLEASE NOTE – THE DUE DATE HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO FRIDAY, JAN. 30, 2015. – EDITOR] Nominees must meet specific requirements detailed on the “Procedures and Criteria” page linked above. Nominations can be made in one of five categories:

  • Academic
  • Science Education
  • Industry—Individual (independent inventors and entrepreneurs)
  • Industry—Company (for-profit or non-profit)
  • Government