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Norman Medal Rules


Norman Medal

The Norman Medal of the American Society of Civil Engineers was instituted and endowed in 1872 by George H. Norman, M.ASCE. With the assent and the approval of the donors, on June 1, 1897, the Society assumed responsibility for the payment in perpetuity of the Norman Medal.

I.    The Norman Medal recognizes a paper that makes a definitive contribution to engineering. It may be presented annually to the author or authors of an original paper not previously contributed in whole or in part to any other association or otherwise appeared in print prior to its publication by the Society. Papers published in the twelve-month period ending with June of the year preceding the year of award are eligible.

II.    Papers written jointly by Society members and nonmembers are eligible, provided at least half of the authors are ASCE members.

III.    Nominations may be submitted by anyone and must be sent directly to the Honors and Awards Program office by October 1. The Honors and Awards Program office will transmit nominations to the appropriate ASCE Organizational Entity for review.

a. Nominations sent to the Honors and Awards Program office by October 1 will be transmitted to the appropriate ASCE Organizational Entity.
b. Each ASCE Organizational Entity may recommend for review up to two candidate papers for consideration by the Paper Review Committee.
c. Only those candidate nominations received by the Honors and Awards Program office from the ASCE Organizational Entity by January 15 will be considered by the Paper Review Committee.
d. The nominated papers are reviewed by the Paper Review Committee which shall recommend the recipient(s) to the Society Awards Committee which shall request approval from the Executive Committee of the Board of Direction. The Paper Review Committee shall be composed of two representatives of TAC and one representative of each Institute. Its chair shall be the senior TAC member. Committee members shall serve three-year staggered terms.

IV.    The paper considered second in merit to the Norman shall be deemed the winner of the J. James R. Croes Medal. Papers not selected for either award shall be ineligible for re-nomination.

V.    The lead author shall receive the medal. All other authors shall receive a certificate.

To nominate submit the following:

Submission, either electronically to or mailed to the Honors and Awards Program office at the ASCE headquarters: 1801 Alexander Bell drive, Reston, VA 20191-4400, must be received by October 1. 

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