The Stephen Jay Gould Prize

Ms. Judith G. Scotchmoor

The Stephen Jay Gould Prize is awarded annually by the Society for the Study of Evolution to recognize individuals whose sustained and exemplary efforts have advanced public understanding of evolutionary science and its importance in biology, education, and everyday life in the spirit of Stephen Jay Gould.

The winner of the 2013 Stephen Jay Gould Prize is Ms. Judith G. Scotchmoor. Ms. Scotchmoor’s career has spanned a variety of roles as a public educator. She began as a middle school science teacher before joining the University of California Museum of Paleontology at Berkeley where she served as the Assistant Director and the Director for Education and Public Programs. Among her many activities, she coordinated the National Conference on the Teaching of Evolution at which representatives from over 45 scientific, educational, and media organizations gathered to develop strategies for improving public understanding of evolution. The October 2000 conference was a catalyst for building alliances among organizations, generating new strategies for supporting evolution education, and widely sharing the wealth of existing resources.  At that time, she also helped to bring together the California Science Teachers Association, the Berkeley Natural History Museums, the California Academy of Science, and the National Center for Science Education, among others in a California-wide initiative to support the teaching of evolution and served as an advisor for Evolution! a television series and website produced by WGBH Television. She is the Project Coordinator of Understanding Evolution, a website designed for teachers, school children, college students, and the general public that now receives over a million visitors per month and was the winner of the Science Prize for Online Resources in Education from the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She also serves as the Project Coordinator of Understanding Science, a website that focuses on the nature and process of science. Her other awards include the Joseph T. Gregory Award from the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology the Education Award from the American Institute of Biological Sciences, and the Friend of Darwin Award from the National Center for Science Education.


The 2013 Stephen Jay Gould Prize Committee

George Gilchrist, Chair
Aneil Agrawal
Judith Mank

Stephen J. Gould Prize recipients and presentations:

2013, Judith G. Scotchmoor |
2010, Dr. Sean B. Carroll |
2012, David Quammen |
2009, Dr. Eugenie C. Scott |
2011, Dr. Kenneth R. Miller |


Nomination/Application for the 2014 Stephen J. Gould Prize

The Society for the Study of Evolution’s Committee for the Stephen J. Gould Prize for the Improvement for the Understanding of Evolution is soliciting nominations for the Award for 2014. With this annual award the Society for the Study of Evolution recognizes, promotes, and rewards individuals who have increased public understanding of evolutionary biology and its place in modern science. The award will include a cash prize of $5,000 and the expectation that the recipient will present the Public Outreach Seminar at the Evolution Meeting (expenses for travel/lodging and registration would be covered by the SSE). The awardee should be a leader in evolutionary thought and in public outreach who can deliver an inspiring lecture for both professionals and the broader public at the 2014 meetings of the Society in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Nominations should include the CV of the nominee along with a 1-2 page letter describing why this individual is worthy of the award.

Please send nominations via e-mail to the Chair of the Committee, George Gilchrist, at Please submit nominees by December 18. 2013. All nominations will be treated confidentially and will be evaluated by members of the Committee and the Council for the Society. An awardee will be announced in early February.