News Release
For Immediate Release
December 29, 2014

Michael O’Malley
GOED Business Marketing Director

Justin Berry
USTAR Public Affairs Officer

2014 Governor’s Medal for Science and Technology Awards
Nominations will close Jan. 26, 2015

Salt Lake City – 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:

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


About the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED)
The Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) charter is based on Governor Gary Herbert’s commitment to economic development statewide. Utah’s economic development vision is that Utah will lead the nation as the best performing economy and be recognized as a premier global business destination. The mandate for this office is to provide rich business resources for the creation, growth and recruitment of companies to Utah and to increase tourism and film production in the state. GOED accomplishes this mission through the administration of programs that are based around targeted industries or “economic clusters” that demonstrate the best potential for development. GOED utilizes state resources and private sector contracts to fulfill its mission. For more information please contact: Michael Sullivan, 801-538-8811 or

About USTAR:
The Utah Science Technology and Research initiative (USTAR) is part of the Governor’s commitment to help Utah lead the nation as the best performing economy and be recognized as a premier global destination. USTAR is a long-term, state-funded investment designed to strengthen Utah’s “knowledge economy” and create a technology ecosystem that enables ideas to seed, grow and thrive. Funded in March 2006 by the State Legislature, USTAR’s diverse portfolio of investments will recruit and retain top researchers to the State’s research universities; support technology entrepreneurs through training, funding, incubator and accelerator programs; and broker technology transfer by connecting capital, management and industry.