About the Clarke Prize
The Clarke Prize is named after Mrs. Athalie Richardson Irvine Clarke, a native Southern Californian who was active in both business and philanthropy. As co-founder of the National Water Research Institute (NWRI), Mrs. Clarke recognized the vital importance of water and promoted better water science and technology. In honor of her vision, NWRI established the Clarke Prize in 1994 to recognize scientists who best exemplify Mrs. Clarke's dedication to finding solutions to the nation's water resource problems.
The Clarke Prize consists of a medallion and $50,000 prize. It is one of only a dozen water prizes awarded worldwide, and has been distinguished as one of the most prestigious awards in the world.
Nomination Guide and Application Cover Sheet
Nominations for the 2017 Clarke Prize Award have closed. A recipient will be anounced in June.
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Important Dates for the 2017 Clarke Prize
- Nomination Deadline: April 15, 2017
- Clarke Prize Award Ceremony: October 19-20, 2017
- The recipient must be currently active in research (science- or policy-related) that focuses on the discovery, development, improvement, and/or understanding of the issues associated with water quality, quantity, technology, or public policy.
- The recipient must be currently practicing within the United States or must have built a significant body of work within the United States.
- The recipient must be available to attend the Clarke Prize Conference and Award Ceremony, which is held in early November in Southern California.
- As part of the award, the recipient must deliver the annual Clarke Lecture. Downloadable versions of past Clarke Lectures are available at http://www.nwri-usa.org/laureates.htm.
Self-nominations are not accepted.
The Clarke Prize recipient is selected by the Clarke Prize Executive Committee after careful consideration of all qualifying nominees. The fields of interests of Clarke Prize nominees include, but are not limited to, engineering, physical and chemical sciences, biological sciences, health sciences, political sciences, and planning and public policy.
The Executive Committee will review nominees based on the following criteria:
- Professional career achievements.
- Active engagement in current research and/or policy endeavors.
- Accomplishments in the increase of public knowledge/awareness of water issues.
- Proven leadership in the advancement and production of safe and sustainable water supplies.
Clarke Prize Executive Committee
The Clarke Prize recipient is selected by the Clarke Prize Executive Committee after careful consideration of all nominations. The Committee includes:
George Tchobanoglous, Ph.D., P.E.
Professor Emeritus in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of California, Davis
2003 Clarke Prize Laureate
Menachem Elimelech, Ph.D.
Roberto C. Goizueta Professor of Chemical and Environmental Engineering
2005 Clarke Prize Laureate
Chief Research and Strategic Planning Officer
Water Environment & Reuse Foundation
Joan B. Rose, Ph.D.
Nowlin Endowed Chair for Water Research
Michigan State University
2001 Clarke Prize Laureate
Jerald L. Schnoor, Ph.D.
Allen S. Henry Chair in Engineering
The University of Iowa
2010 Clarke Prize Laureate
Michael P. Wehner
Assistant General Manager
Orange County Water Dsistrict