Student Award

George and Edythe Taylor Student Award Searchlights

Search light in Sydney, Australia

This award is given in honor of George and Edythe Taylor. Mr. Taylor was a lighting engineer recognized by the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IESNA) for his contributions to the field; he was also IESNA’s 54th President (1958–59). The award honors Mr. and Mrs. Taylor for their commitment to public education by encouraging students to explore the worldwide problem of light pollution through science, technology, society, and the environment.


IDA requests your donations in honor of George and Edythe Taylor for this award. Your donation is needed to continue and expand the program for students in the future. Donations are accepted year-round; please mark your donation as being “for the George and Edythe Taylor Student Award.” Your donation to IDA, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, is tax deductible under U.S. law.



Awards shall be given to students in kindergarten through 12th grade for completion of projects related to light pollution. Submissions may be made using the official nomination form.

Submitting Parties

Only teachers may submit nominations for their students.


Each entry should include two statements explaining the reason for the submission. One statement should be written by the student; the other statement should be written by his/her teacher. Please limit each statement to no more than 300 words.

Project Descriptions

Each entry should include a description of the light pollution project undertaken by the student. Acceptable formats for project descriptions are:

  • Paper documents of less than 11 inches by 17 inches Note: because paper documents must be scanned and emailed to the judging panel by IDA staff, a separate, earlier deadline will be set for submission of paper documents.
  • Electronic files of under 2 megabytes submitted on CD
  • Electronic files of under 2 megabytes submitted as attachments by email (contact us for details) Note: due to the risk of computer viri, we ask that submitting parties email us for permission to send attachments prior to sending attachments.
  • Webpage or website URLs submitted by email (contact us for details)


Judges shall be an interdisciplinary, independent panel (not to include IDA staff or IDA board members) appointed by the IDA education working group. The panel shall assess each entry relative to the following criteria:

  • Demonstration that the student understands at least two of the following aspects of light pollution: science, technology, society, environment
  • Demonstration that the student has learned effective research and communication skills
  • Demonstration that the student is creative in thought and expression
    Accuracy, creativity, and overall effectiveness of the project

Judging shall be for three separate educational levels:

  • Lower grades: kindergarten–6th grade
  • Middle grades: 7th-9th grade
  • Upper grades: 10th-12th grade


  • Awards will be announced and presented at the IDA annual meeting in Tucson, Arizona, U.S.
  • Each award winner will receive a certificate, a check in the amount of U.S. $100, and a one-year IDA gift membership.
  • Each recipient of honorable mention will receive a certificate and a one-year IDA gift membership.


To be Announced