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A New Recognition Awards Program for Berkeley Lab Employees

Berkeley Lab is launching a new annual awards program to honor exceptional achievements by laboratory employees. Two new types of awards, the Director’s Awards for Exceptional Achievement and The Berkeley Lab Prize — Lifetime Achievement Award, have been established by Director Paul Alivisatos to recognize teams and individuals for significant accomplishments advancing the Lab’s mission and strategic goals. Nominations will begin next month.

The Director’s Awards for Exceptional Achievement will be presented to up to 15 individuals or teams. Individual awards will be up to $10,000 each; teams can receive up to $20,000 each to be split among their members.

The Director’s Awards for Exceptional Achievement will recognize achievement in the following areas:

  • Scientific: Significant scientific or technical contributions leading to important progress in an area of research or toward completion of a project
  • Early Scientific Career: Significant scientific or technical contributions (within first 10 years) leading to important progress in an area of research or toward completion of a project
  • Safety: Accomplishments and leadership in promoting a safety culture
  • Service: Assistance provided in a spirit of cooperation and commitment to excellence
  • Tech Transfer: Entrepreneurism and development of relationships with industry
  • Operations: Achievement, collaboration, leadership
  • Outreach: Promoting Lab’s education mission or improving community relations
  • Diversity: Mentoring and leadership roles in organizations promoting diversity
  • Societal Impact: Solving important challenges for society, research that furthers solutions to large social problems, or scientific breakthroughs that have improved the world

The Berkeley Lab Prize — Lifetime Achievement Award recipients will be honored for career-spanning achievements and contributions in the areas of science, operations or societal impact. Up to two $20,000 awards will be presented annually.

The Director’s Awards for Exceptional Achievement replace the Outstanding Performance Award (OPA) program. Not affected is the SPOT Award program, which will continue to reward employees with up to $1,000 in recognition of outstanding efforts in the workplace throughout the year.

Any Lab employee may submit a nomination. Nomination forms and eligibility criteria are available here, and are due by Oct. 31, 2011. Honorees will be announced in February, and acknowledged at a Lab awards ceremony and reception.