The Edward N. Lorenz Teaching Excellence Award

The Edward N. Lorenz Teaching Excellence Award

(Prior to January 2013, The Teaching Excellence Award.)


The Edward N. Lorenz Teaching Excellence Award is to be given annually to an individual in recognition of sustained outstanding teaching and mentoring at the undergraduate and/or graduate or post-doctoral levels and the impact this individual has had on students. The Lorenz Award differs from the Simpson Award in that the Lorenz Award is primarily concerned with academics in a college or university setting, while the Simpson Award is concerned with mentoring outside of a traditional academic setting, primarily by non-academics. The Anderson Award emphasizes efforts on behalf of underserved populations, including activities outside of the traditional classroom or college or university setting.

The AMS Board for Higher Education (BHE), in consultation with the Commissioner for Education and Engagement, is responsible for overseeing the award process and forming the selection committee. The selection committee, not fewer than five members, shall be composed of faculty members from both undergraduate and graduate institutions, at least one current member of the BHE, and, as an option, an active student AMS member. The selection committee will forward its recommendation (with a copy to the chair of the BHE) to the Commissioner.

Nomination Process

Thank you for your interest in submitting a nomination! AMS membership is not required to submit an award nomination. Nominations are due by 1 May. The nominator is responsible for uploading the entire nomination package.

A nomination letter and three supporting letters are required with at least one of the supporting letters from a former student. Student evaluation forms should not be included in the nomination packet.


  • citation (25 word maximum)
  • bibliography (if appropriate) (3 page maximum)
  • nomination letter (3 page maximum)
  • nominee Curriculum Vitae (if appropriate) (2 pages maximum)
  • three (3) letters of support (2 page maximum each)