Prize Winner Attributes
Nominees for the Martha Muse Prize should be capable of making a significant contribution in a field or topic that advances our understanding of Antarctic science or policy during their career. Exemplar activities in which a Martha Muse Prize winner might show promise of future leadership include - but are not limited to - the following areas:
- Studying the agreements, instruments, and conventions among nations that foster international cooperation, promote shared governance, and protect the environment of Antarctica.
- Advancing cross-disciplinary efforts to better understand Antarctica.
- Conducting investigations that advance our understanding of Antarctic systems and living resources as key components of the Earth system.
- Studying the unique characteristics and adaptations of Antarctic organisms.
- Defining the role of humans in change in the Antarctic environment and improving our ability to predict future outcomes, promote environmental stewardship, and inform management of the region.
- Studying the critical linkages between Antarctica and the planet as a whole.
- Addressing one or more of the themes embodied in IPY 2007–2008
- Contributing to public understanding and appreciation of Antarctica, its value, and its role in our lives.
The Category Descriptions document has detailed information about the criteria used by the Selection Committee when assessing nominations and selecting a winner. It is a useful tool for anyone preparing a nomination.