Supported by anonymous gifts, the Chapter makes periodic awards to outstanding researchers in the sciences and allied fields. Nominations are sought from science and engineering departments in the Portland area, in seven categories: engineering, mathematics, physical sciences, biology, behavioral sciences, earth and environmental sciences, and "research on a shoestring." areas. The latter category recognizes outstanding work achieved by researchers lacking any grant funding for it. Each of the winners receives an engraved plaque and a monetary award.
The Chapter seeks nominations for the 2017 awards in all seven research categories from all higher-education institutions in its territory. Nominations typically come through departments, but individual recommendations are also welcome. A cover letter and vita should be sent by 1 April 2017 to Scott Burns, chair of the selection committee, Department of Geology, PSU, PO Box 751, Portland, OR 97207.