Recognition Awards

The NOGLSTP Recognition Awards were established as a means of identifying, honoring, and documenting the contributions of outstanding GLBT science, engineering and technology professionals, as well as corporations, academic institutions, and businesses that support GLBT professionals in the fields of science and technology.

We are currently soliciting nominations for the 2014 NOGLSTP Recognition Awards. The award recipients will be honored at a gala awards banquet during the 2014 Out to Innovate™ Summit for LGBTQ People in STEM, to be held the weekend of November 8, 2014, at Georgia Tech in Atlanta. The deadline for nomination package submissions is August 1, 2014.

See slide shows and photos from prior NOGLSTP Recognition Award events: 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012


Award Descriptions
Walt Westman Award

Named after one of NOGLSTP’s founders, this award is the highest national award given to a NOGLSTP Member who has shown dedication and commitment to the advancement of NOGLSTP’s mission. This prestigious award recognizes the unselfish and outstanding contributions of the honoree, whose activities — carried on continuously over a period of years — have brought honor and esteem to the Organization by their very character. He or she symbolizes, as did Walt Westman, the ideal role model to GLBT engineers and scientists today by preaching aloud that “it can be done”. Previous award recipients: Rochelle Diamond (2004); Michael Parga (2006); Christopher Bannochie (2007); Amy Ross (2012)

Learn more about Walt Westman and read some awardee acceptance speeches


GLBT Scientist of the Year Award

This award is reserved for the GLBT Scientist who has made outstanding contributions to their field, and recognizes the awardee for sustained contributions in design, management, or research. The nomination form should include the technical or societal significance of these contributions or achievements. The nominee need not be well known to the science public at large, and need not be a NOGLSTP member. Previous award recipients: Larry Wagner (2004); Sim Aberson (2005); Kerry Sieh (2006); Carolyn Bertozzi (2007); Arnold Zwicky (2008); James Nowick (2009); Jesse Michael Bering (2010); Bill Hendrix(2011); Martin Lo (2012)


GLBT Engineer of the Year Award

This award is reserved for the GLBT Engineer who has made outstanding contributions to their field, and recognizes the awardee for sustained contributions in design, production, management, or research. The nomination form should include the technical or societal significance of these contributions or achievements. The nomineee need not be well known to the science/engineering public at large, and need not be a NOGLSTP member. Previous award recipients: Lynn Conway (2005); Peter Ventzek (2006); Tim Gill (2007); Michael Steinberg (2008); Anthony J. Gingiss (2009); Jay Keasling (2010); William Huffman (2011); Charles Lickel (2013)


GLBTA Educator of the Year Award

This award is reserved for the GLBTA Educator who has enabled significant growth for GLBT students in science or technology – through teaching, counseling, advocacy, role modeling, or other educational roles. The nomination form should include the significance of these contributions or achievements. The nominee need not be well known to the science public at large, need not be a NOGLSTP member, and may be a secondary or post-secondary educator.Previous award recipients: Denice Denton (2006); Karl Mauzey (2007); Michael Falk (2008); Virginia Uribe (2009); Donna Riley (2010); Ron Buckmire (2011); Mark Pope (2012)


National Institution/Organization Award

These awards are given to the institution/organization which has demonstrated outstanding support for NOGLSTP, its programs and objectives.

The selections will be based upon the following criteria:

  • assistance in meeting NOGLSTP’s goals,
  • enhancing the achievements of their GLBT employees, and
  • dedication and commitment to advancement of NOGLSTP’s growth

Previous award recipient: American Association for the Advancement of Science (2004)


National Corporate Award

These awards are given to the corporation or company which has demonstrated outstanding support for NOGLSTP, its programs and objectives. The selections will be based upon the following criteria:

  • assistance in meeting NOGLSTP’s goals,
  • enhancing the achievements of their GLBT employees, and
  • dedication and commitment to advancement of NOGLSTP’s growth

Previous award recipient: Raytheon Company (2005)


Nomination Procedures

  1. The candidate must meet the criteria as stated in the award description.
  2. To submit a nomination, the following must be completed:
  3. The nominee Merit Description for this award will consist of no more than a total of two typewritten pages addressing the following items:
    • Describe candidate’s contributions and or achievements, when they took place, and its affect.
    • Biographical sketch.
  4. Any other supporting material that documents the nominee’s achievements and contributions.
  5. Send your nomination package postmarked by August 1, 2014. The person and address to send the package to is listed in the nomination form.

More about Programs:

  • Career Resources
  • Mentoring Program
  • Out to Innovate™ Summit for LGBTQ People in STEM
  • Recognition Awards
  • Scholarships
  • Symposia and Workshops