You can make nominations for the awards listed below by completing the official nomination form below.  Self-nominations are also accepted. The awards will be presented at the SpaceVision conference banquet. Many of the below awards carry cash rewards. Please send any questions to John Conafay, Executive Director of SEDS-USA, at john.conafay@seds.org.

ANNUAL AWARDS

Todd B. Hawley Award for Student Leadership

This award honors the late SEDS Co-Founder, Mr. Todd B. Hawley. This person most significantly impacted the organization as a whole this year and demonstrated excellent leadership ability, dedication, hard work, and persistence.

Past Winners:

    • 2014: Zach Pace
    • 2013: Michael Zwach
    • 2012: Dan Pastuf
    • 2011: Matt Cannella
    • 2010: Rick Hanton
    • 2009: Darrell Cain
    • 2008: Michael Green
    • 2007: Ben Corbin

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Darrell Cain Award for Excellence
 This award honors the late SEDS Board Member Darrell Cain, who was able to impact many through his efforts and inspire others to pursue the cause of space exploration.  This individual has embodied the spirit of SEDS, through their individual efforts striving to inspire students across the country.  Their impact has not been limited to the scope of their work with the organization but instead reached far beyond.

Past Winners:

    • 2014: Andrew Dianetti
    • 2013: Dan Pastuf
    • 2012: Rick Hanton

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Bob Richards Scholarship for Peace through Space

The Bob Richards Scholarship for Peace Through Space scholarship is awarded yearly to one student who has demonstrated a passion for using space for peaceful benefits to humanity. Dr. Bob Richards is the co-Founder of SEDS, International Space University, Singularity University, Space Generation Foundation, Odyssey Moon Ltd., and Moon Express (for which he also serves as CEO).

Applicants should submit an essay detailing an effort they have already undertaken to this end as well as an initiative they wish to implement in the future promoting peace through space. There is no minimum or maximum for the essay, but around 500 words is recommended.

The award is $2000: $500 as a personal reward for something you’ve already done, $1000 for supporting a new initiative that promotes peace through space, and $500 towards travel costs to attend SpaceVision 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts.

Applicants should submit their essays as well as their full name, address, university, and academic year to scholarships@seds.org by October 1, 2015. Note that any student, regardless of citizenship or country of residence, is eligible for this award. University and non-traditional students (e.g. Thiel Fellows) are encouraged to apply.

Past Winners:

  • 2014: Conor Duggan (Santa Clara University) was awarded this scholarship for his work on the SGAC NEO (Near Earth Object) project to urge nations to cooperate to mitigate the hazards of asteroids and other near-Earth objects.

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The Peter Diamandis Bold Space Entrepreneur Scholarship

The Peter Diamandis Bold Space Entrepreneur Scholarship will be awarded annually to one student for their entrepreneurial efforts in the space industry. Peter Diamandis is the founder of the XPRIZE Foundation and the co-founder of SEDS, International Space University, and Singularity University.

Applicants should submit an essay detailing either an entrepreneurial effort of theirs already in progress or one they wish to pursue. The applicant should also explain how the receipt of this award would benefit their existing or potential venture. There is no minimum or maximum for the essay, but around 500 words is recommended. Entries will be judged on boldness and feasibility.

This prize has a total reward of $2000: $1500 to support an existing or potential space venture, and $500 towards travel costs to attend SpaceVision 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts.

Applicants should submit their essays as well as their full name, address, university, and academic year to scholarships@seds.org by October 1, 2015. Note that any student, regardless of citizenship or country of residence, is eligible for this award.

Past winners:

  • 2014: Deepak Atyam and Alexander Finch (University of California, San Diego) received this award for their startup Tri-D Dynamics, a venture to create designs for high-performing rocket engines that are more cost efficient, quicker to produce, and lower in weight than anything in the market using 3D printing technologies.

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SEDS Chapter of the Year
This award honors the chapter was the highest achieving chapter and was most effective at displaying vision of SEDS at every opportunity. This chapter worked on a variety of projects and made a great effort to interact with other members nationally. This chapter should serve as a model for other chapters.

Past Winners:

    • 2014: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    • 2013: Arizona State University
    • 2012:  Purdue University
    • 2011:  University of Michigan
    • 2010: University at Buffalo
    • 2009: University of Colorado-Boulder
    • 2008: University of Central Florida
    • 2007: University of Central Florida
    • 2006:
    • 2005:

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SEDS Best New Chapter

This award honors a chapter which has been founded within the last two years which has set the standard for a new chapter.  This chapter has undergone tremendous growth and has gained recognition for their efforts.  Their projects are innovative and involving, and are inspiration for both new chapters and older chapters.

Past Winners:

    • 2014: Yale Undergraduate Aerospace Association
    • 2013: University of California, San Diego
    • 2012:  University of North Carolina
    • 2011:  Arizona State University
    • 2010: University of Wisconsin-Madison
    • 2009: University at Buffalo
    • 2008: University at Buffalo

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SEDS Technical Project of the Year

This award honors the best overall student technical project of the year students have performed.  This winner of this award demonstrates strong accomplishment in the projects field.  This project overall follows, encourages, and enhances the mission statement of SEDS while building technical skills critical for students participating on the project.  This project serves in some form or the other as what projects should strive to attain.

Past Winners:

    • 2014: Triton Rocketry Club (University of California, San Diego)
    • 2013: 3D Printed Rocket Engine (University of California, San Diego)
    • 2012:  UB-Rocketry (University of Buffalo)
    • 2011:  Microgravity Program (University of Arizona)*
    • 2010: Not Awarded (Outreach)*
    • 2009: Not Awarded (Outreach)*
    • 2008: Project Daedalus (University of Central Florida)
    • 2007: Zero G flight (UW-SEDS)

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SEDS Satellite Project of the Year

This award honors the best project that has been performed throughout the year which benefits the satellite industry, educates members about the functionality and operation of satellites, or serves as the best model of a satellite program.  This award, made in conjunction with the Society of Space Professionals International (SSPI) serves as a demonstration of the projects still in accomplishing its mission, and sets an example of what amazing things in the satellite field students can accomplish.

This award is made in conjunction with the  Society of Satellite Professionals International

Past Winners:

    • 2013:   GLADOS (University at Buffalo)
    • 2012:   BUSat (Boxton)(Boston University)

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SEDS Outreach Project of the Year

This award honors a project which promotes student effort at educating the public about the importance of space.  This project has been innovative or effective at promoting space exploration and development.  The project should serve as a model for chapters to base their outreach efforts on.

Past Winners:

    • 2014: Global Space Balloon Challenge
    • 2013: Carolina Space Symposium (University of North Carolina)
    • 2012:  Purdue Space Day (Purdue University)
    • 2011:  Microgravity Program (University of Arizona)*
    • 2010: We Want Our Future (University of Colorado-Boulder)
    • 2009: Inspiration from Exploration (University at Buffalo)
    • 2008: Not Awarded (Technical)*
    • 2007:

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ISU/AAS Major Diversity Award

This statistical award is given to the Chapter most effective at bringing in more members who are not associated with the traditional aerospace fields.  Their membership in and of itself promotes to the public, and their efforts at reaching others should be promoted to all chapters.

This award is made in conjunction with the International Space University and the American Astronautical Society, and provides a $250 cash award, as well as a certificate suitable for framing.

Past Winners:

  • 2014: Arizona State University
  • 2013: Dakota Space Society
  • 2012: University of North Carolina
  • 2011: Arizona State University
  • 2009: University of Arizona

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ISU/WIA Gender Diversity AwardThis statistical award is given to the Chapter most effective at maintaining a diverse gender.  As one of the larger challenges to the Aerospace Industry, this chapter sets an example of getting a representative involvement in space advocacy, and is effective at bringing in a gender diverse group of students.This award is made in conjunction with the International Space University and the Women in Aerospace, and provides a $250 cash award, as well as a certificate suitable for framing.

Past Winners:

  • 2014: Boston University
  • 2013: University of California, Los Angeles
  • 2012: Dakota Space Society
  • 2011: Boston University
  • 2009: Olin College

*For 2008-2011, a single project of the year award was given.  Projects have been split into the area where they apply.
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Nominations

 

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Other Past Awards:

Executive Board Member of the Year

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Local Executive Board Member of the Year

  • 2007: Brad Cheetham (University at Buffalo)

Alumni of the Year

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Member of the Year

  • 2007:

High School Member of the Year

  • 2007:

Student Visionary of the Year Award

  • 2007:

Space Journalist / Artist of the Year Award

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