News Release
For Immediate Release

Michael O’Malley
GOED Business Marketing Director

Justin Berry
USTAR Public Affairs Officer

Nominations Open for 2016 Governor’s Medal for Science and Technology Awards
Deadline to apply is Oct. 28

SALT LAKE CITY (Sept. 12, 2016) – The Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) and the Utah Science Technology and Research initiative (USTAR) are now accepting nominations for the 30th annual Governor’s Medal for Science and Technology Awards. Following the final selection of 2016 awardees, Governor Gary R. Herbert will present the awards at a dinner on January 18, 2017.

The Governor’s Medal award program was initiated to recognize those who have provided distinguished service or made significant career achievements that have benefited the state of Utah in the areas of science and technology. Utah residents or organizations may submit nominations, and all nominations must be received by 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 28, 2016. Nominees must meet specific requirements detailed on the “Procedures and Criteria” page linked below. Nominations can be made in one of five categories:

  • Education – Higher Ed
  • Education – K-12
  • Academic/Research
  • Industry or Government – Individual
  • Industry – Company

Nominees must have demonstrated important contributions in the fields of science, STEM education, engineering technology or technology management. Previous award recipients and current members of the medals review committee are not eligible for nomination. A one-page nomination form is available online at:

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


About the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED)
The Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) charter is based on Gov. Gary R. Herbert’s commitment to statewide economic development. The state’s economic vision is that Utah will lead the nation as the best performing economy and be recognized as a premier global business environment and tourist destination. GOED provides extensive resources and support for business creation, growth and recruitment statewide, as well as programs to increase tourism and film production for the benefit of Utah residents. All administered programs are based upon strategic industry clusters to develop a diverse, sustainable economy. GOED accomplishes its mission through unprecedented partnerships. For more information please contact: Aimee Edwards, (801) 538-8811 or

About USTAR:
The Utah Science Technology and Research Initiative (USTAR) was established in 2006 through the leadership and vision of the Utah Legislature and the Governor to leverage science and technology innovation to expand and diversify the State’s economy. USTAR conducts its technology based economic development mission through a diverse portfolio of programs and services focused in three areas: principal researchers, competitive grant programs and technology entrepreneurship services. USTAR has assisted the University of Utah and the Utah State University in recruiting over 40 principal researchers recognized for their research contributions and potential for developing commercially viable technology. Competitive grants provide funding at critical stages in technology development. Finally, USTAR provides services, specialized equipment and training through its regional outreach program. This includes incubation programs for start-up businesses, assistance in accessing the Federal SBIR/STTR programs, mentoring and training for technology entrepreneurs across the State.