The Stephen Jay Gould Prize

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 2015 Stephen Jay Gould Prize is Professor Francisco J Ayala, University of California Irvine and the title of his talk was "Copernicus and Darwin: Two Revolutions." 


The 2016 Stephen Jay Gould Prize Committee

Louise Mead, Chair
Karin Pfennig
Kelly Dyer   


Stephen J. Gould Prize recipients and presentations:

2015, Francisco Ayala |


2012, David Quammen |


2009, Dr. Eugenie C. Scott |
2014, Dr. Steve Jones |


2011, Dr. Kenneth R. Miller |
2013, Judith G. Scotchmoor |


2010, Dr. Sean B. Carroll |


Nomination/Application for the 2016 Stephen J. Gould Prize are open September 1, 2015 through January 15, 2016

The Society for the Study of Evolution’s Committee for the Stephen J. Gould Prize for the Improvement of the Understanding of Evolution is soliciting nominations for the Award for 2016. 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 Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Evolution (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 2016 meetings of the Society in Austin, Texas.

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, Louise Mead, at Please submit nominees by January 15, 2016. 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 mid-February.