National Awards for Individuals
Darrell Cain Award for Excellence
The Darrell Cain Award for Excellence is awarded each year to one student is an embodiment of the SEDS vision of empowering young people to participate and make an impact in the exploration of space. It is in honor of the late Darrell Cain, who was and remains an inspiration to his fellow SEDS members and all those who look to the stars.
Todd B. Hawley Award for Student Leadership
The Todd B. Hawley Award for Student Leadership is awarded each year to one student who has proven her/himself as an exemplary leader at the local and national level of SEDS as well as in the larger space community. It is in honor of the late Todd B. Hawley, co-founder of SEDS, whose leadership and initiative continue to shine on.
National Awards for Chapters
Chapter of the Year
This award is given to an outstanding chapter whose work is exemplary for other SEDS chapters and student groups. Not only does this chapter have regular, well-attended meetings and an active presence in the Council of Chapters, they also share the great work and projects they’re doing with a social media presence and up to date website.
Best New Chapter
It’s tough to make a difference as a brand new chapter, but the Best New Chapter has found a way. They have engaged with their fellow chapters in Council of Chapters meetings, made a splash with their university leadership, and have an active membership with active projects.
Technical Project of the Year
This award goes to the chapter who has gone above and beyond in the creation and completion of a technical project. Past award winning projects include 3D printed rocket engines and small satellites that monitor space debris.
Outreach Project of the Year
This award goes to the chapter that has made a significant impact on their local community through an outreach project or event. Past award winning projects include the Carolina Space Symposium and the Global Space Balloon Challenge.
ISU/AAS Multidisciplinary Participation Award
This statistical award is given to the chapter most effective at bringing in students from diverse areas of study rather than those traditionally associated with space. Exemplary chapters have a constituency made up of STEM, humanities, and vocational students. This award is given jointly by the International Space University (ISU) and the American Astronautical Society (AAS).
ISU/WIA Gender Diversity Award
This statistical award is given to the Chapter most effective at maintaining a diverse gender balance. This chapter has demonstrated their commitment to overcoming a major issue in the space industry of ensuring equal representation, participation, and opportunities for all genders. This award is provided in conjunction with the International Space University (ISU) and Women in Aerospace (WIA).
National Award Eligibility
Individual nominees must be members of SEDS-USA. Chapter nominees must be official chapters of SEDS-USA in good standing (i.e. dues paying). Self nominations are allowed and encouraged!
National Award Application
To submit nominations for individuals or chapters for the above national awards, fill out this form by October 31st. Awards will be presented at the SpaceVision 2016 Awards Banquet at Purdue.