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
Instructions for how to complete the nomination process are provided in the documents linked below:
For questions, please email Gina Vartanian, the Clarke Prize Coordinator.
Important Dates for the 2016 Clarke Prize
- Nomination Deadline: April 1, 2016
- Clarke Prize Award Ceremony: Early November 2016
- 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 will be held in early November 2016, 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 prohibited.
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:
- Active engagement in current research and/or policy endeavors.
- Professional career accomplishments.
- Demonstrated excellence through research and/or policy contributions.
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
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