News Release
For Immediate Release
October 9, 2015

Michael O’Malley
GOED Business Marketing Director

Justin Berry
USTAR Public Affairs Officer

Nominations Open for 2015 Governor’s Medal for Science and Technology Awards
Deadline to apply is October 30, 2015

SALT LAKE CITY – The Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) and the Utah Science Technology and Research agency (USTAR) are now accepting nominations for the 29th annual awards to be presented for 2015. Following the final selection of the awardees, Governor Gary R. Herbert will present the awards at a dinner on January 13, 2016.

Any Utah resident or organization may submit nominations, and all nominations must be received by 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 30, 2015. Nominees must meet specific requirements detailed on the “Procedures and Criteria” page linked above. 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 accomplishments 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.

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.

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 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 agency (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 facilitates research, development and commercialization activates in order to expand Utah’s science and technology ecosystem and provide an environment that allows ideas to seed, grow and thrive. USTAR has enabled the hiring of commercially minded researchers, the building of state-of-the-art core facilities and the development of entrepreneur outreach centers throughout the state to support technology development in Utah.