The purpose of the AMS Father James B. Macelwane Award is to stimulate interest in meteorology among college students through the submission of original student papers concerned with some phase of the atmospheric sciences. The student must be enrolled as an undergraduate at the time the paper is written, and no more than two students from any one institution may enter papers in any one contest. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or hold permanent resident status.
To consider papers for the Macelwane Award, the AMS Committee of Judges must receive the following: a pdf copy of the original paper; an abstract of no more than 250 words; a letter of application from the author, including mailing address and email, stating the title of the paper and the name of the university at which the paper was written; a letter from the department head or other faculty member of the department, confirming that the author was an undergraduate student at the time the paper was written, and indicating the elements of the paper that represent original contributions by the student; and the Student Assessment form completed by the department head or other faculty member of the department. This is in addition to the faculty letter.