Alexandra Jane Noble Awards

Today's Students, Tomorrow's Citizens


The Alexandra Jane Noble Awards at Stanford University will honor efforts to communicate complex topics in innovative, engaging ways to stimulate higher awareness of scientific issues in the general populace–particularly in children and young adults. Noble, a Stanford graduate and prolific writer, envisioned a new type of “epiphany” awards that embraced her vision of scientific discovery and contribution with two  fundamental emphases:

  • It should be a “FUN set of Awards”, that should become sustaining, building recognition over time
  • It should be about conveying the excitement and thrill of science to lay audiences, especially youngsters, and particularly young girls

The awards have three specific goals:

  1. Celebrate successful ‘epiphany’ science and its creators
  2. Stimulate would-be scientists, especially girls, to enter scientific careers
  3. Stimulate better expository writing and documentaries about ‘great science’

Novim has established a series of awards based on these criteria:

  • A Grand Prize (the Alexandra Jane Noble Prize)
  • Inspiration Awards
  • Impact Awards
  • Sponsored Awards

The Alexandra Jane Noble Prize recognizes one individual, team, or organization that best is able to communicate complex science topics in innovative, engaging ways to stimulate higher awareness and participation by a wide populace, especially youth.

The Novim Epiphany Inspiration Awards are for ‘unsung heroes’—teachers in the classroom, coaches and mentors in clubs, and volunteers in related science education centers. The work of these heroes will be judged for its impact on stimulating potential leaders and wide audience understanding of science and technology for critical, often provocative, social issues.

The Impact and Sponsored Awards are individual awards recognizing people who are making impacts in different areas, including social media, film, books, etc. and for academic researchers, specifically faculty, graduate students, etc.