The 2021 AAS Macauley Award 


The AAS Molly K. Macauley Award seeks to recognize future space industry leaders by awarding and contributing to the professional development of a set of outstanding college and university students. Five finalists and one winner will be selected for each of two tracks: Business and Space Policy; and Science and Engineering. The two winners will receive a $2,000 cash prize. All ten finalists are provided with a free registration to attend the annual AAS John Glenn Memorial Symposium. (The 2021 Glenn Symposium will take place online July 13-15, 2021). The two winners are required to make a 5 to 10-minute oral presentation at the Glenn Symposium. 

All student abstracts for the Macauley Award must be submitted to AAS no later than 11:59:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, February 12, 2021. 



Date Action
2/01/2021, extended 2/12/2021 Abstract Submission Deadline Extended – 11:59 PM EST, Monday, February 1, 2021Friday, February 12, 2021
3/15/2021 Abstract Acceptance Notification
4/09/2021 Schedule for Virtual Presentations Available
4/16/2021 Final Paper Deadline
4/19-23/2021 Virtual Presentations
4/30/2021 Winner Notification
7/13-7/15/2021 John Glenn Memorial Symposium


The AAS Molly K. Macauley Award, created in 2019, is named for Molly Macauley, a national leader in environmental economics who helped for many years to establish, lead, and guide research projects combining economics with space research. Her fields of interest and goals were broad, including space related renewable energy, new technologies and natural resources, and helping decision makers understand the economics of space. Molly was tragically murdered in 2016 while out walking her dogs. Her
murder is still unsolved today. 

For background on this award, click here.