The Philosophy of Science Association sponsors contests for (1) the PSA Graduate Student Essay Award and (2) the PSA Recent Ph.D. Essay Award. The decisions for these awards is made by the PSA Lectures and Awards Committee, which consists of at least 3 members of the Governing Board and up to 3 senior members of the Association. The committee is constituted via invitation by the Association's President.

The financial support for these awards has been made possible by the generosity of past presidents of the PSA and through donations from PSA members. If you would like to make a donation to support these prizes, click here.


Application guidelines for the two awards are as follows:


2016 PSA Graduate Student Essay Award

A prize of $250 will be awarded to the author of the best single-authored paper submitted by a graduate student as a contributed paper for the Twenty Fifth Biennial Meeting of the PSA (PSA2016) and accepted for publication in Philosophy of Science by the 2016 PSA Program Committee. The prize-winning essay will be chosen by the PSA Lectures and Awards Committee from amongst those accepted for publication. The award will be presented at the Twenty Fifth Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association in Atlanta, Georgia. To apply for the award, simply click the appropriate buttons when submitting your essay for PSA2016. Click here for the PSA2016 Call for Papers for further instructions on how to submit a paper for PSA2016. The deadline for submissions is March 1, 2016. To be eligible for the award, the author must be a graduate student at the time of submission. Co-authored papers are not eligible. The competition is limited to members of the Philosophy of Science Association.

2014 & 2015 PSA Recent Ph.D. Essay Award

The PSA Recent Ph.D. Award is given for the best single-authored article published in Philosophy of Science written by someone who received a Ph.D. within the last five years. The awards come with a prize of $250 and will be presented at the Twenty Fifth Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association in Atlanta, Georgia. To be eligible for the 2014 Recent Ph.D. Award, the article must have a publication date in Philosophy of Science during the year 2014, and the author must supply evidence that their Ph.D. Degree was awarded after December 31, 2009 and on or before December 31, 2014. To be eligible for the 2015 Recent Ph.D. Award, the article must have a publication date in Philosophy of Science during the year 2015, and the author must supply evidence that their Ph.D. Degree was awarded after December 31, 2010 and on or before December 31, 2015. Please send an email indicating the article you wish to have considered for the award to the chair of the PSA Lectures and Awards Committee, Laura Ruetsche at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., by May 1, 2016. Include relevant eligibility documentation with your email. Co-authored papers are not eligible. The competition is limited to members of the Philosophy of Science Association.

Nominations are now open for the 2016 Philosophy of Science Association's Women's Caucus Prize. The Prize is awarded biennially for the best book, article, or chapter published in English in the area of feminist philosophy of science within the five years prior to each PSA meeting. The winner will receive a cash award of $500, which will be presented at the November 2016 PSA meeting in Atlanta, GA.

The deadline for nominations is May 1, 2016.

To be considered, works must have been published between May 1, 2011 and May 1, 2016. Articles posted electronically on journal websites in final (accepted) form prior to May 1, 2016 are eligible for consideration. Self-nominations are allowed but are limited to one per person. One may nominate more than one paper by someone else.

To make a nomination, please provide information about the article, book or chapter you are nominating by clicking on the link below.

http://goo.gl/forms/tQhBS5Xxnu

Roberta Millstein & Julia Bursten
PSA Women's Caucus Co-Chairs
URL for more information: http://womenscaucus.philsci.org/prizes

Nancy Nersessian has been elected Chair of Section L: History and Philosophy of Science of AAAS. Her 3-year term begins as Chair-elect after the annual meeting, February 11-15, 2016

On behalf of the Governing Board of the Philosophy of Science Association, it is my pleasure to announce the results of the 2015 PSA Election.

Peter Godfrey-Smith of CUNY Graduate Center and University of Sydney and Laura Ruetsche of the University of Michigan havebeen elected to the Governing Board of the PSA, each to serve a four year term ending 12/31/2019.The Officers of the PSA congratulate and welcome Professors Godfrey-Smith and Ruetsche to the PSA Governing Board and offer their gratitude to all the candidates who ran for election. The Officers also express their appreciation to Michela Massimi (University of Edinburgh) and Christian Wüthrich (University of Geneva), who have stepped down from the Governing Board after completing their four year terms. The full list of the Governing Board members can be found at http://philsci.org/about-the-psa/governance.

Holly Andersen of Simon Fraser University, Mathias Frisch of the University of Hannover,and Anya Plutynski of Washington University have been elected to the PSA Nominating Committee, each to serve a two year term ending 12/31/2017. Again, the Officers congratulate and welcome Professors Andersen, Frisch, and Plutynski to the PSA Nominating Committee and thank all those who ran for election to the PSA Nominating Committee. The Officers also offer their gratitude to the out-going PSA Nominating Committee, consisting of Alisa Bokulich (Boston University), as chair, Katherine Brading (University of Notre Dame), and Hasok Chang(University of Cambridge). In accord with PSA By-Laws, the chair of the in-coming PSA Nominating Committee will be selected by the PSA President, C. Kenneth Waters.

The amendments to the PSA By-Laws passed. Amendment 1 passed by a vote of 270 (99.3%) to 2 (0.7%); Amendment 2 passed by a vote of 281 (98.9%) to 3 (1.1%); Amendment 3 passed by a vote of 281 (98.9%) to 3 (1.1%); Amendment 4 passed by a vote of 275 (98.6%) to 4 (1.4%); and Amendment 5 passed by a vote of 264 (98.5%) to 4 (1.5%).The newly revised By-Laws, as well as the wording of the motions, can be found at http://philsci.org/about-the-psa/bylaws-of-the-association.

The 2015 PSA Election was conducted electronically using www.simplyvoting.com. PSA members were solicited to vote via email. Of 675 voters eligible to vote in the 2015 PSA election, 346 (51.26%) cast votes. The absolute number of voters in the 2015 election increased 37.3% over the absolute number of voters in the 2014 election. Turnout in 2015 increased 17.07% as compared to 2014.

Finally, I thank those Full and Retired PSA members who took the time to vote in this election. This is the first time in recent history that the turnout has exceeded 50%.  Thank you for helping to shape the future of the PSA! If you are a Full or Retired Member of the PSA and you encountered problems in voting electronically, or if you have any other comments, questions, or concerns about the 2015 PSA Election, please contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Sincerely,

Jessica Pfeifer

The deadline has been extended to February 1, 2016 for applications for the position of Editor-in-Chief of Philosophy of Science.

The Governing Board of the Philosophy of Science Association invites applications for the position of Editor-in-Chief of the Association’s journal, Philosophy of Science.  The editorship will be assumed on July 1, 2017 and is normally held for a renewable term of five years.

In accordance with the Bylaws of the PSA, President Ken Waters is appointing a Search and Selection Committee that will produce a shortlist of candidates for consideration by the Governing Board of the PSA.  The final selection is made by the Governing Board.

Founded in 1934, Philosophy of Science is currently published five times a year by the University of Chicago Press, with copyright retained by the Philosophy of Science Association.  Every January, April, July, and October (the regular issues) the journal publishes articles, book reviews, discussion notes, and essay reviews; every December it publishes proceedings from the most recent Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association. The Editor-in-Chief of Philosophy of Science is responsible for selecting manuscripts for publication in the regular issues of Philosophy of Science, supervising the Philosophy of Science editorial office, and coordinating the production of the journal with UC Press for all issues. The Editor-in-Chief must hold a tenured academic appointment, have a distinguished research record in philosophy of science, and be capable of judicious and prompt interaction with contributors.  Further, the Editor-in-Chief will be affiliated with an institution able to join the Philosophy of Science Association in providing material and financial support for the Philosophy of Science editorial office.  For more information concerning Philosophy of Science and its editorship, see the Philosophy of Science Information Sheet.

Initial applications for the Editor-in-Chief of Philosophy of Science should summarize the applicant’s qualifications for the editorship and describe the likely institutional support, such as teaching release, office space, and graduate student assistance (formal commitments at this stage are not required).  A 1-2 page document is requested, along with a copy of the applicant’s CV.  Please submit applications by e-mail attachment to PSA Executive Director, Jessica Pfeifer, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Applications should be submitted by February 1, 2016

Selected applicants will be contacted no later than February 28, 2016 with invitations to submit full proposals.  These full proposals (along with institutional commitments) will be due by April 30, 2016.  It is anticipated that the Governing Board of the PSA will announce the new Editor-in-Chief for Philosophy of Science by July 1, 2016.

Questions concerning applications or the Editorship should be directed to the Executive Director of the PSA, Jessica Pfeifer, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..